27 April 2020
The National Leader of the ruling party in Nigeria, All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his wife, Remi Tinubu, a serving Senator opted for Covid-19 tests following the death of the former aide of Tinubu`s Chief Security Officer, Mr Lateef Raheem, last week.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed the test results of Tinubu, his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu; and their aides
“The results of one aide were positive and the rest of the staff was negative. The one staff member has been isolated in accordance with NCDC guidelines. Further contact tracing and COVID-19 tests are being conducted by the NCDC with regard to the relatives and possible contacts of that staff member.
“ Tinubu has stressed that openness and transparency must be observed if we are to defeat this disease. There is no house immune to its entry. Contracting the virus should not bring social or moral stigma any more than contracting malaria or a common cold.
We cannot overcome this challenge by acting like it does not exist or by trying to conceal that someone may have it due to social shame. The culture of denial is counterproductive and will do great harm in our current situation.
“ Tinubu asks that you not be afraid to be tested if you have any symptoms or if you believe you may have come in contact with someone who has been infected. We must do all we can to contain the spread of the virus and to well treat those of us who have been hit by it.
“As you go about your day, we know you must find daily sustenance. Yet, please continue to do all you can to maintain social distance and to take all other public health measures to protect yourself and others. In this way, we all may contribute to halt the spread of this dangerous virus.