Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has finally reacted to reports that he tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 Virus.
On Sunday, 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 sent to POLITICS NIGERIA, signed by his SA Media, Sara Sanda, Onyeama says his test results were 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 Taskforce 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.”