Following media reports that many of the federal government officials in the presidential villa and the Nigeria Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed are infected with the coronavirus and currently in isolation, the Information Minister has denied described the report against him as fake news.
Premium Times had reported yesterday that COVID-19 virus ravaged Aso Rock, the Nigeria Presidential Villa indicating the social-political spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed as well as other officials including the Permanent Secretary to the State House, Tijani Umar; the President’s Aide-de-camp, Yusuf Dodo; chief security officer, Aliyu Musa had contracted the virus.
Garba Shehu as reported by Channels Television confirmed he contracted the virus but claimed he’s healthy because he’s fully vaccinated.
Others including the Presidential Aide-de-camp, Yusuf Dodo are yet to respond to the media reports.
The minister, Lai Mohammed while refuting the media report as published by Punch Newspaper, said there was no way he could have coordinated some activities during the week and participated in Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council FEC, meeting if he was down with the virus.
“I read the story and we still have a great battle on our hands on fake news and mischievous reporting. I was in the public view on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I was at FEC on Wednesday. I coordinated press briefing on Thursday. And the minister of power and I addressed media.
“On Friday, I witnessed the swearing-in for minister of state for power after which we had a security meeting. How can someone who has had such highlevel engagements for three days consecutively be ill?
“It is nothing but fake news. I am hale and hearty. Not only that, I have taken the two doses of the vaccine. I have also taken the Pfizer booster. I am a member of PSC and I am hale and hearty and I am performing at optimum level”, Lai Mohammed said.
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