By Kehinde Olaleye
These are certainly making an attempt instances for Nigerians of all lessons, ethnic teams and non secular persuasions. The coronavirus pandemic has levelled the partitions that set our social lessons aside. From the slums of Ajegunle to the GRAs in Ikoyi and Victoria Island, COVID-19 has proven little regard for privilege or sympathy for poverty. The pandemic has led to the loss of life of 184,643 individuals worldwide.
As of Thursday April 22, 2020, 873 Nigerians have been contaminated, 197 recovered and 28, sadly, died. Most of the victims are atypical individuals who normally fall sufferer at making an attempt moments like this. However a number of them have additionally been Very Essential Personalities. A few of these VIPs embody senior authorities officers, politicians, captains of business, senior well being employees and so forth.
We’re speaking of massive weapons like Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde; Bauchi State Gov Bala Mohammed; Kaduna State Gov Nasir el-Rufai; the Comptroller-Basic of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede; Provost of the College of Ibadan School of Medication, Prof. Ezekiel Olapade-Olaopa; Davido’s fiancee; Chioma Rowland and extra. So, this week, we can be looking at some excessive profile figures who’ve needed to battle the virus, most of whom, nonetheless, lived to inform the story.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna)
The most recent VIP to hitch the rising checklist of celebrities who recovered from COVID-19 is the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, who shared the excellent news on Wednesday by means of his Twitter handler.
“I’m delighted to report at the moment, that after practically 4 weeks of observing a strict medical regime, I’ve now obtained the all-clear after two consecutive unfavourable take a look at outcomes.
“I thank Almighty Allah for His grace and mercy. I additionally acknowledge with gratitude the huge outpouring of sympathy, prayers and public help that adopted the disclosure of the an infection,” he mentioned.
The governor added that his household, who went by means of the trauma of doubtless dropping a member of the family and being contaminated, had remained supportive.
“My household not solely went by means of the trauma of doubtless dropping a member, but additionally the chance of being contaminated as nicely. Your complete household has been supportive as common, whereas my many pals and colleagues from everywhere in the world have despatched their prayers and greatest needs.”
Gov Bala Mohammed (Bauchi)
The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed’s COVID-19 constructive take a look at end result was introduced Tuesday, March 24, 2020. It was learnt that the governor had returned to Bauchi from a visit to Lagos. On his return flight, the governor met with Mohammed Abubakar, the son of ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s son. Abubakar, who later examined constructive who additionally for the coronavirus met on the airplane the place each males shook arms and exchanged pleasantries.
Nonetheless, the governor has since examined unfavourable to the virus. Final week, Governor Mohammed relived the entire trauma, expressing regrets and guilt for the index case within the state.
Gov. Seyi Makinde (Oyo)
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, examined constructive for the COVID-19 virus on March 30, 2020. The governor proceeded for remedy instantly. He introduced his restoration by way of his Twitter account on April 5, 2020. Nonetheless, the governor quickly got here out of the trauma of self-isolation.
“This night, I obtained my second unfavourable take a look at end result for COVID-19. I particularly thank Prof Temitope Alonge, who acted in my stead as Head of the Oyo State COVID-19 Process Power,” he mentioned.
Jesse Otegbayo (Chief Medical Director, UCH)
Lower than per week after he was examined constructive for coronavirus, Chief Medical Director of College School Hospital (UCH), Prof. Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo, examined unfavourable on April 3, after present process isolation and one other take a look at.
Otegbayo had reportedly examined constructive on Sunday, March 28, 2020. The Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Toye Akinrinlola, in a press release on Thursday, April 2, acknowledged that the pattern taken on Tuesday, March 31, got here out unfavourable.
“I’ve the pleasure to announce that the repeat take a look at of the UCH CMD, Prof.Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo, has returned unfavourable. He had earlier examined constructive to the COVID- 19 virus final Friday.
“Otegbayo had on Sunday personally mentioned in a press release that he examined constructive for COVID- 19 and admonished all those that had contact with him to go on self-quarantine.
“Nonetheless, his samples had been taken once more on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. In the present day, at about Three p.m., the end result got here out unfavourable.” Akinrinlola additionally disclosed that the outcomes of the provost and deputy provost of the school of medication, College of Ibadan, Ezekiel Olapade-Olaopa and Obafunke Denloye, had been unfavourable for COVID-19 after second checks.
Muhammad Babandede (CG Immigration)
Muhammed Babandede is the Comptroller-Basic of the Nigerian Immigration Service. Based on him, he had been in self-isolating since his return from a visit to the UK on March 22.
Babandede examined constructive for the lethal coronavirus days after he returned from a visit to the UK on March 22.
Babandede’s restoration was, nonetheless, introduced by Nigeria Immigration Service’s spokesperson, Sunday James.
“The CGI, in an amazing appreciation, took cognisance of the prayers and supplications of everybody for him.
Most significantly, he expressed gratitude to “the Minister of Inside, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Everlasting Secretary Ministry of Inside, Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah; members of the worldwide group who stood by the service throughout this making an attempt instances.“
“He prays for the restoration of others, and for God’s intervention for the world and Nigeria on this battle in opposition to Covid-19.”
Davido’s lady Chioma Rowland
Chioma Rowland, popularly referred to as Chefchi, is the fiancee of the Omo Baba Olowo crooner, David Adeleke aka Davido.
In March, Davido shared that Chioma had examined constructive after he and 31 members of his group received examined following journeys overseas. She was the one individual round her to check constructive and went into self-isolation following the diagnoses.
Davido, nonetheless, shared the excellent news on Sunday, April 19, that his fiancee had examined unfavourable twice, 23 days after she began battling the virus.