Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who had not been seen or heard from for a while now, has finally reacted to reports that he tested positive for the deadly Covid-19.
On Sunday, the social media was rife with rumours that the Minister and one of his Aides were the two cases of Covid-19 recorded in Enugu State.
However, in a swift response via a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Sara Sanda, Onyeama said that his test result was negative.
“It has come to the attention of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, that a fabricated and malicious report is circulating in social and print media, alleging that the two claimed cases of Covid-19 recently reported in Enugu, were the Minister and his Personal Assistant.
“The Minister and his Aide were in Abuja, at all material times. Furthermore, the Minister is a member of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, and all the members were recently tested, and all found to be negative.
“The authors of this act are well known as is their motive; to embarrass and spread alarm and panic during a national emergency.
“For that reason, as well as to curb this kind of criminal behaviour, the matter has been brought to the attention of the law enforcement Agencies, for investigation and severe sanctions, as a deterrence for the future.”