Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, has been silent since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Nigeria.
It is still unclear if the Minister is in self-isolation, or on his annual leave.
Under normal circumstances, Onyeama should be visible at this period, to guide Nigeria’s foreign policy amid the global pandemic.
The Minister has not held Media briefings, nor issued statements, since the country commenced actions against Covid-19.
Osagie Ehanire and Lai Mohammed, the Ministers of Health and Information, respectively, have been communicating with the Press and Nigerians regularly, since the pandemic.
However, curiously, Onyeama has been missing in action. Nothing has been heard from him, even when the Federal Government announced a travel ban and stoppage of international flights.
Onyeama’s portfolio empowers him to hold strategic and bilateral meetings with investors, envoys, foreign delegations, among others.
This has triggered speculations that he may have been exposed to the disease.
Also, the Minister is known to be close to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, who tested positive for the coronavirus.
There are fears that Onyeama may have come in contact with Kyari, at private or cabinet meetings.
Efforts to reach Ferdinand Nwonye, the Spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, proved abortive, as at the time of this report.
The deadly virus has infected 70 people in Nigeria, as at Friday, March 27, 2020.