The White House has stated that the COVID-19 infection rate at the Presidential Villa would not be made public, claiming that only the carriers and their doctors have the authority to do so.
Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, announced this on Sunday in response to rumors of widespread infections in the White House.
While appearing on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, which our correspondent watched from Abuja, Adesina refused to say whether the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), is infected and in isolation.
Presidential aides, he claims, are humans who can be infected or become ill.
When asked to confirm if the disease had truly been ravaging the Villa and how many people had been infected, Adesina said, “No, that will not be within my purview to discuss, maybe if you get the presidential doctor or anybody in the medical side, they will tell you. I wouldn’t know because it is a private thing. If it happens to anybody, it is between the person and, possibly, the doctor. It is not going to be a general knowledge. I will not be able to say it.”
Responding on the question of whether Buhari was infected and isolating, Adesina said, “I think Mr President is quite fine. He is doing his normal routine, following his normal schedule. But if anybody close to him tests positive, that person is required to stay away till he tests again and he tests negative. So, Mr President just follows his normal schedule and routine.”