COVID-19: Akeredolu tests positive as Yahaya Bello claims virus 'forced' on Nigerians/ Akeredolu

The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has tested positive for COVID-19, the novel disease caused by coronavirus. 

Akeredolu, who disclosed this in a post via his Facebook page on Tuesday, said he is currently self-isolating as required by the case management guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He said: “Earlier today, I got confirmation of a positive result for Covid-19. I am asymptomatic and not displaying any symptoms.

“I am currently self-isolating and supervised home management will be administered by the wonderful team at our Infectious Disease Hospital. I ask that we all stay safe and be well.”

The development further stretches the list of prominent public officers who have contracted the virus since Nigeria recorded its first index case on February 27.

A former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, had lost battle to the virus weeks after he contracted it. 

Similarly, Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, his Bauchi counterpart, Bala Mohammed, and that of Oyo, Seyi Makinde, aslo earlier had the virus but recovered from it after undergoing treatment.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has claimed the virus is being forced on Nigerians.

Bello, who spoke at a prayer session for the late Kogi Chief Judge, Nasir Ajana on Tuesday, also said the disease was created to “shorten the lifestyle of the people."

He said: “Whether medical experts and scientists believe it or not, COVID-19 is out to shorten the lifestyle of the people, it is a disease propagated by force for Nigerians to accept.

“COVID-9 is only out to create fear, panic – orchestrated to reduce and shorten the lifespan of the people."