The presidency said Wednesday President Muhammadu Buhari’s COVID-19 test that turned out negative called for a celebration.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a chat with State House correspondents, said the Presidential Villa has not been shut down but on partial lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Adesina said the reduction in the number of journalists in the State House Press Corps was a precautionary measure taken to avoid overcrowding at this precarious time.
He said: “What did you hear about the result? Negative of course. So that calls for rejoicing with him. Anybody that does the test and tested negative we will rejoice with that person.
“And anybody that does it and test positive, it’s not a death sentence. We also would pray along with the person, give the person our goodwill and best wishes and they will surely come out of it.
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“Even the index case in Nigeria recovered and has been discharged. So God that has shown us mercy thus far and will continue to show that mercy. Anybody that test positive is not a death sentence, they will be attended to, they will be tested and they will be fine.”
“Well, things are a bit on a low key at the Villa. It doesn’t mean that the State House is shut down, it is just that things are a bit on the low key just like the rest of the country.
“The rest of the country is also on a low key, there is a partial lockdown in most parts of the country. So, what is happening at the State House can also be called a partial lockdown but not a complete lockdown.”
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