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Coronavirus and their Excellencies – The Nation Nigeria

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi final Saturday turned the seventh governor to check optimistic to the Coronavirus. ROBERT EGBE seems at how the circumstances surrounding the governors’ Coronavirus standing.

Jesuit priest James Martin proposed a deep philosophical query in his March 22 New York Occasions article ‘The place is God in a pandemic?’

His reply was no much less intriguing. “The trustworthy reply is: We don’t know,” the cleric stated.

Farther Martin was making an attempt to handle the “panic, concern, anger, unhappiness, confusion and despair” that adopted the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

He was talking to Individuals, but when his viewers have been Nigerians he would most likely have obtained a distinct reply.

In a deeply spiritual nation the place names like Godstime, Godswill and even Godswish usually are not remarkable, Martin might have been upbraided for his ‘faithlessness’.

For example, simply earlier than the article’s publication, Nigerians have been additionally pondering an identical query. The virus had made landfall in Lagos on February 27, and there have been doubts in regards to the nation’s preparedness to handle a possible well being disaster.

However as of July 5, 28,167 COVID-19 optimistic circumstances had been confirmed, 11,462 circumstances discharged and 634 deaths recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Seven of the optimistic circumstances are governors. They’re: Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El Rufai, Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi and Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde.


Final Saturday, Umahi introduced that he had examined optimistic for COVID-19. Umahi’s Particular Assistant on Media, Mr. Francis Nwaze, confirmed the information and in addition revealed that some associates of the governor additionally examined optimistic.

He stated the governor had not proven any signs of the illness, although he had remoted himself according to the NCDC protocols.

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“The governor has directed his Deputy, Dr Kelechi, to coordinate the state’s struggle towards the illness and appealed to the residents to take the NCDC protocols severely.

“He’ll at present be working from ‘dwelling’ and will likely be conducting all conferences just about,” Nwaze added.

To date, 438 circumstances of COVID-19 have been recorded in Ebonyi. The state has the 14th highest variety of circumstances within the nation.


Akeredolu, final Tuesday, introduced that he examined optimistic for the virus. He acknowledged that he was asymptomatic and had been self-isolating, including that regardless of his COVID-19 standing, work nonetheless continues.

From his self-isolation, Akeredolu on Friday appointed his Particular Adviser on Well being, Jibayo Adeyeye, because the state’s Performing Well being Commissioner and the Vice-Chancellor of the College of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Adesegun Fatusi, as the brand new chairman of the State Inter-ministerial Committee In opposition to Covid-19.

Each positions have been held by the speedy previous well being commissioner, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, who died final Thursday of problems arising from Covid-19.

However the estranged Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi is insisting that Akeredolu ought to hand over to him inside 21 days, failing which the structure will likely be invoked.

Ajayi, who spoke via his Media Adviser, Comrade Allen Sowore, stated Part 190(2) of the 1999 Structure required Akeredolu at hand over to his deputy.

Responding to Ajayi’s name Akeredolu vowed that he wouldn’t entrust the state to “a menace to good governance within the state.”

To date, 410 circumstances of COVID-19 have been recorded in Ondo. The state has the 16th highest variety of circumstances within the nation with 20 deaths.


Okowa introduced on his Fb web page final Wednesday that he and his spouse Edith had examined optimistic for COVID-19.

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“My spouse and I’ve examined optimistic for COVID-19. We’re properly and persevering with with our isolation/remedy. We thanks all to your continued prayers for us and our daughter”, he wrote.

The governor had gone on June 27 gone into 14-day isolation along with his household after one in every of his daughters examined optimistic for the virus.

Additionally, two high officers of the federal government examined optimistic to the virus not too long ago.

To date, 1,227 circumstances of COVID-19 have been recorded in Delta. The state has the sixth highest variety of circumstances within the nation with 25 deaths.


Ikpeazu expressed the default Nigerian optimism and religion when he stated COVID-19 wouldn’t afflict Abians, as a result of the state was “talked about within the Bible”.

Ikpeazu stated: “Abia is the one state that’s talked about within the Bible. Now we have a promise from God that none of those illnesses will contact God’s individuals. And I maintain on to God’s promise.

“We noticed Ebola, it didn’t get to us. We noticed monkey pox, it didn’t get to us. Even this one (coronavirus) will even cross us by.”

Ikpeazu had each purpose to be optimistic. As at March 30, there have been solely 111 confirmed circumstances of COVID19 reported in Nigeria with one dying. Abia was coronavirus-free.

However on June 8, Ikpeazu joined 1000’s of different Nigerians contaminated with the virus. Nevertheless, on July 4, it was introduced that that he had examined destructive.

Data Commissioner John Okiyi Kalu, in a two-paragraph assertion, confirmed that the governor examined destructive final Friday.

To date, 383 circumstances of COVID-19 have been recorded in Abia. The state has the 17th highest variety of circumstances within the nation with three deaths.

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Mohammed was the state’s index case of COVID-19, following medical exams carried out on him and his aides.

His Senior Particular Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, introduced this final March 24.

A fortnight later Mohammed stated he had recovered. He expressed his pleasure on Twitter, writing: “Alhamdulillah. I simply obtained the inexperienced gentle. My second take a look at for #COVID19 returned destructive.”

516 circumstances of COVID-19 have been recorded in Bauchi. The state has the 12th highest variety of circumstances within the nation with 12 deaths.


El-Rufai recovered from COVID-19 — after practically 4 weeks of remedy. The governor introduced his restoration on Twitter on April 22.

The governor, who turned bearded whereas in isolation, attended a digital assembly chaired by his deputy, two days earlier.

855 circumstances of COVID-19 have been recorded in Kaduna. The state has the ninth highest variety of circumstances within the nation with 12 deaths.


Makinde, final April 6, narrated that he had recovered from COVID-19 every week after he examined optimistic to the illness.

He is likely one of the three governors who examined optimistic the identical week. Others have been Mohammed and El-Rufai.

From isolation, he despatched out messages of hope to Oyo State residents, assuring them that the state would pull via the COVID-19 scourge.

“I’m often called a long-distance runner. If I can outrun and outlast the virus, which I’m positive, by God’s grace, I’ll do, so additionally will a lot of our individuals in Oyo State,” he wrote in one in every of such messages.

1,466 circumstances of COVID-19 have been recorded in Oyo. The state has the third highest variety of circumstances within the nation with 14 deaths.

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