Plans are underway by the Presidency, to move Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, to Lagos, for urgent medical attention, after he was confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus.
Following the confirmation of the situation, on Tuesday, a top government source in the know, said that Kyari may be moved to Lagos, any moment from now, in an attempt to save his life.
Lagos has one of the most functional infectious disease treatment and isolation centres in the country.
An Italian man, who first imported the virus into Nigeria, in February, was successfully treated at the Lagos Centre, at Yaba, before being declared free of the pandemic, and released to go home.
In the face of a global lock down, and with many countries with functional health systems closing their borders to international visitors, the Lagos Centre is perhaps one of the few places to successfully deal with Kyari’s case, at this time.
Already, activities at Aso Villa, Nigeria’s seat of power, have been shut down, to avoid a further spread of the virus.
Since returning from his trips abroad, Kyari has had contacts with several prominent persons, including Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, Babagana Kingibe, a prominent member of the ‘cabal’, and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
Aliko Dangote, Governor Bello Masari of Katsina State, and the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, are among others that Kyari came in contact with, after returning from his foreign trips.
The Presidency is yet to however, issue an official statement on the development.