Coronavirus-infected governor met Dangote a day after shaking Atiku's son
March. 24, 2020
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a statement by his media aide, Mukhtar Gidado, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
Even though he wasn't displaying any symptoms, the governor took the test after it was announced that Mohammed Abubakar , son of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar , had tested positive for the virus on Sunday, March 22.
The governor had met Abubakar inside an Abuja-bound airplane in Lagos and shook his hand on March 17.
A day after the meeting from which the governor is now believed to have contracted coronavirus, he met with Nigerian billionaire, Alike Dangote , who might now be getting tested himself as a precaution.
"I thank @AlikoDangote & the @AlikoDangoteFdn for the proposed empowerment initiative targeted at no less than 1000 rural women in each of the 20 LGAs in Bauchi State. This initiative, in partnership with @GovBauchi is aimed at alleviating poverty, particularly at the grassroots.
"Also, resulting from our meeting this afternoon, the @AlikoDangoteFdn further committed to building five additional primary healthcare centres for enhanced healthcare service delivery in the state," the governor shared on his Twitter account after the March 18 meeting.
The governor had similarly tweeted about his meeting on March 17 with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono , but it's unclear if that happened before his contact with Mohammed.
The 61-year-old governor also attended the National Economic Council meeting on March 19. The meeting regularly takes place at the Presidential Villa and comprises all 36 state governors, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and other top government officials.
Contacts of known cases are taken seriously as suspected cases by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
While the NCDC is yet to officially acknowledge the governor's positive case, Nigeria has recorded 42 confirmed cases in six states - Lagos (29), FCT (7), Ogun (3), Ekiti (1), Oyo (1), and Edo (1).
Two of the cases have recovered and been discharged, while the nation's first coronavirus death was announced on Monday, March 23.
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