Coronavirus: How Atiku’s Son, Lawmakers Refuse To Get Tested At The Airport
Despite the danger the outbreak of Coronavirus poses to the country, some members of the National Assembly have refused to subject themselves to mandatory screening at the airports.
The Chief of Staff To President Muhammadu Buhari Abba Kyari wrote a letter to the leadership of the Assembly complaining of the members’ disregard for procedures.
This was contained in a letter dated March 21 and addressed separately to Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila.
Kyari urged the leadership to direct all its members to submit themselves for the COVID-19 test.
“It has been brought to the honourable minister of health recently reported to this office that some members of the house of representatives are refusing to subject themselves to medical screening at airports,” the letter read.
“As you are aware, these airport screenings are our primary line of defence and refusal by any citizen to subject to these tests is a threat to our nation.
“Accordingly, you are kindly requested to direct all members of the house of representatives who returned to Nigeria from foreign trips to report themselves to the nearest NCDC test centre with immediate effect.”
Since the announcement of the outbreak, the government says it has put measures in place at the airport to screen people into the country.
The House had announced on Thursday that it was not suspending plenary over the outbreak of the virus.
How Atiku’s Son Refuses to Submit Himself To Testing At the Airport
Meanwhile, more revelations have emerged about the son of a former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar who refused to submit himself to testing at the airport.
Vice-President Atiku had announced on his twitter handle on Sunday that his son had tested positive to the COVID-19.
However, a twitter user Chief Ojukwu who gave a detailed account on how Atiku’s son infected people in his estate claimed Atiku only announced it after the entire estate was on locked down.
Ojukwu said “@atiku came out yesterday because someone called NCDC & their estate was shutdown forcefully! His son was at the mosque on Friday, club, mall etc! His wife had visitors in their house planning for several activities & they all went in to greet him! Their children who were all”
From his post, Atiku’s son might have infected many numbers of people at the mosque, mall, through his wife who invited guests home, the kids who were allowed to play with neighbours’ children.
The Twitter user added ” in contact with their dad played with other kids in their estate! Those kids also compromised their own parents, other kids & visitors they came in contact with! So Mr @SAMKLEF how many people do you think the @NCDCgov are doing contact tracing on? Let me break it down for you
“They have been to the mosque, luckily it has CCTV installed. They have seen the footage but have not been able to get all the individual’s who mingled with him at the mosque. In Abuja, many Alhajis after Jumaat on Friday travel to their hometowns for the weekend! How many went to kano
“Kaduna, Minna, Nasarawa, Gombe etc? How does @NCDCgov track all these? He was at a mall, even if they get footage from the mall, how many people do you think came in contact with him at the mall? 3,4,10,20? How does @NCDCgov track them all? Your guess is as good as mine!
“What about the club? You are a club/party animal. You know how people are in each other’s space. Sweat, saliva, breathe etc. People will carry ladies to their hotel rooms/homes.
“How many people compromised? Any idea? Before you praise @atiku remember his son has put the lives of many Nigerians at risk! And you @SAMKLEF had the opportunity to raise alarm about his thing at the early stage but all you did was laugh at governments efforts making people not believe it. Keep laughing & pray someone you know isn’t affected. Welcome to the corona show!”
However, the Vice-Chairman of the Estate, Mr Zakari Aliyu has urged the public not to panic as the immediate family member of the patient (Mohammed) had all tested negative.
Responding to the report that Mohammed, who tested positive to Coronavirus went to clubs, mosque and malls, Aliyu cleared that it may have been a mere confusion as the former Vice President had three sons living in the estate.