As is now generally admitted, the raging novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is no respecter of social, political or financial/economic status.
Top political leaders across the world, influential businessmen, respected sportsmen and women, entertainers and the general masses have all been infected with COVID-19.
Nigeria’s case is not different as well. Since the confirmation of the index case via an Italian on Thursday, February 27, top political leaders in the country have tested positive for the virus.
After President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari tested positive for COVID-19 days after returning from Germany, the entire political leadership became worried and had to start testing for the virus.
The position of the chief of staff is very crucial, indicating that many political leaders might have met with Kyari after his Germany trip and got exposed to the virus.
In this piece, Legit.ng highlights Nigerian state governors who have tested for the virus; those whose results came out positive and those who tested negative.
The COVID-19 test became important for the governors after one of them, whom they were exposed to during a meeting, later tested positive for the virus.
So far, seven state governors have tested positive for the virus. They are:
1. Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state
Governor Mohammed was the first Nigerian governor to test positive for the virus.
Mukhtar Gidado, the senior special assistant to Governor Mohammed on media, confirmed the development on Tuesday, March 24.
Governor Mohammed had earlier gone into self-isolation and decided to take the test after it was established that he had contact with the son of former vice president Atiku Abubakar who had earlier tested positive for the virus.
He has since recovered from the virus.
2. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state
Governor El-Rufai on Saturday, March 28, also announced that he tested positive for coronavirus.
The governor, who made the disclosure in a statement he issued in Kaduna, has since gone into self-isolation.
El-Rufai in a statement on Wednesday, April 22, disclosed that after nearly four weeks of observing a strict medical regime, he received the all-clear after two consecutive negative test results.
3. Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state
In the evening of Monday, March 30, Governor Makinde announced that he has also tested positive for coronavirus.
Makinde, who was the head of the Oyo COVID-19 task force, handed over his duties in charge of the task force to the former chief medical director, University College Hospital (UCH), Professor Temitope Alonge.
He has, however, since recovered from the virus.
4. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is the incident commander of COVID-19 in the state which is unarguably the epicentre of the deadly virus in Nigeria.
Akin Abayomi, the Lagos commissioner for health disclosed on Saturday, December 12, that Sanwo-Olu had contracted the virus.
After about two weeks of self-isolation and treatment, the Lagos state governor finally recovered and tested negative for COVID-19.
5. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state
The Ondo state governor later announced on Monday, July 6, that he had recovered and tested negative twice for the disease.
6. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu tested positive for the deadly infection as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 67 new cases of Covid-19 in Abia state on Sunday, June 7, 2020.
Later on Friday, July 3, 2020, the NCDC disclosed that the Abia state governor had fully recovered from the virus.
7. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state
Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta state, on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, confirmed that he and his wife had contracted COVID-19. His daughter was also infected.
The governor later disclosed on Tuesday, July 14, that he, his wife and daughter had all recovered from the disease.
State governors who have tested negative for the virus
These are the governors who have not contracted the virus as their test results came back negative.
1. Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state
2. Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state
3. Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state
4. Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state
5. Governor Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa state
6. Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state
7. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state
8. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state
9. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state
Meanwhile, former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, January 14, lamented that the deadly COVID-19 pandemic has affected Nigeria in many ramifications.
Obasanjo, in specific terms, reacted to the fact that the virus has claimed the lives of promising Nigerians who in significant measure contributed to the greatness of the country, and until their death, were still resourceful.
The former leader directed his attention to the death of Ndubuisi Kanu, who served as a military governor of Lagos, and Bolu Akin-Olugbade, a famous businessman.
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