One of former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s sons has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus.
Atiku himself made the announcement in his verified tweeter handle @atiku, saying that he had just been informed that his son had become the latest to test positive for the scourge. According to him, his son has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital, Abuja.
While warning that coronavirus is real, the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the last election urged Nigerians to try to stay safe while asking for prayers in these trying times.
His tweet read: “My son has tested positive for coronavirus.
“@NCDCGov has been duly informed, and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management.
“I will appreciate it if you have him in your prayers. Stay safe, coronavirus is real,” he said.
It was not clear whether the unnamed son of the former VP contracted the virus while in the country or overseas or where he was tested and later confirmed positive.
In an earlier statement yesterday, Atiku said with the Nigerian spirit, we can overcome any challenge.
He said, “The news that Nigeria last week discharged the Italian index case of Corona Virus in the country after testing negative for the disease is yet another confirmation that the Nigerian spirit can overcome any tough challenge.
“It is a thing of pride to us as country that our health professionals not only promptly rose to the challenge by tracking the trail of the case and subsequent ones, but are able to fully treat the Italian index case and one other.
“I will like to congratulate and commend all relevant stakeholders in our healthcare system, at the states and federal governments for a job well done thus far. I wish to make special mention of the young doctor, Dr. Amarachukwu Karen Allison, whose vigilance may have averted an escalation of the disease.
“This singular effort will, no doubt, boost the respect that our country will earn from the international community and even more is the honour it would bring to Nigerian medical professionals.
“Those men and women who stand in the frontline of containing the spread of the virus within our shores are heroes and history would be kind to them. They have shown to the world that Nigeria is a great country, with great, committed and hardworking people.
“We should continue to be sensitive to the potential dangers inherent in the virus which causes the Covid-19 disease by adhering to instructions about social distancing, washing our hands frequently under a running water with soap and ensuring that we limit exposure to large gatherings.
“I join millions of other Nigerians to celebrate our health workers for their courageous work at this difficult time and I urge all Nigerians to remain strong while we fight the scourge of this virus to the end.”