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Tinubu: Concerns as aide dies of COVID-19, another tests positive

It has emerged that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Bola Tinubu, and his wife Senator Oluremi Tinubu, have tested negative to the rampaging coronavirus pandemic.

The duo and their staff took the tests on Saturday, April 25; following the death of Tinubu’s Chief Security Officer, Alhaji Lateef Raheem.

Equally important, the samples taken from the late Raheem’s body by medics for the COVID-19 test came back positive.

This means as opposed to diabetes and high blood pressure he was battling against; his death was due to COVID-19.

The media aide to Tinubu, Tunde Ramon, who announced this in a statement on Monday; added that another of his aides tested positive. Further, he disclosed that the aide has been isolated in accordance with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, guidelines.

The statement read in part, “Following the death of our well-respected and beloved Chief Security Officer, Alhaji Lateef Raheem; NCDC medics took the wise precaution of taking samples from his body for testing to actually determine the cause of death.

“Today, (Monday) the test results are back. The samples tested positive for COVID-19.

“As a precautionary measure taken soon after the death of Raheem, His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, and all their aides took COVID-19 tests Saturday, April 25.

“The results of the tests were returned this morning. Test results for both Asiwaju and Senator Tinubu were negative.

According to Ramon, the result of one aide was positive, while the rest of the staff tested negative.

“The staff who tested positive has been isolated in accordance with NCDC guidelines,” he stated.

He continued: “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.

“Asiwaju 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. 

“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 halting the spread of this dangerous virus.”

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