The Presidency has denied an online media report that one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s close aides has contracted the Coronavirus.
It therefore advised Nigerians to ignore “determined agents of fake news bent on spreading false stories to the public”.
A press statement issued by presidential media assistant, Garba Shehu, described as disgraceful lie the report that Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Social Affairs and Domestic Matters, Sarki Abba, tested positive to Covid-19 earlier in the week.
According to Shehu: “We react to the utter falsehood and disgraceful lies, a report by so-called digital newspaper which, Wednesday, claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Sarki Abba is COVID-19 positive.
“This report is sheer fabrication and brazen effort by the online news medium to mislead the public.
Upon the directive of doctors and scientists and supervision of Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff, all staff working for and around the President, are routinely and rigorously checked for the virus.
“The Senior Special Assistant, Social Affairs and Domestic Matters, Sarki Abba, always tested negative.
“The general public is hereby advised to ignore such stories that are intended to mislead the people and create unnecessary anxiety about the safety of the President.
“Don’t let yourself to be manipulated by any medium that thrives on yellow journalism and specialises in peddling fake news in the desperate quest for the market and donor money.”