Since the Federal Ministry of Health confirmed the first coronavirus (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria, on the 27th of February 2020, a number of high profile Nigerians have tested positive to the novel virus.
These high profile individuals includes political leaders, administrators, celebrities among others.
This is not to validate the myth by the commoners that COVID-19 is a “big man” sickness.
Platinumpost has compiled below a roll call of high profile individuals who tested positive so far.
Mohammed Atiku Abubakar
The son of the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, is one of the first high profile person that tested positive for COVID-19.
His status confirmation came a day earlier than President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari.
His status was revealed by his father, Mr Atiku Abubakar via his verified Twitter handle late Sunday evening, March 23.
“My son has tested positive to coronavirus. The @NCDCGov (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) has been duly informed, and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management. I will appreciate it if you have him in your prayers. Stay safe, coronavirus is real,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, also tested positive to the virus.
Mr Kyari, who was away in Germany early March with a delegation of other Nigerian officials for a meeting with Siemens AG, came back and went about his official duties before he was confirmed positive.
These brought up speculations that he must have infected a lot of persons he met after his return.
These persons include; the president, Muhammadu Buhari, the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, the Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Special Duty, George Akume, Minister of State for FCT, Ramatu Tijani, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Garba Shehu etc.
However, these persons have since been tested and confirmed negative.
The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, also tested positive for Coronavirus after coming in contact with Mohammed, son of Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who had earlier tested positive for the virus.
The governor was said to have met Mohammed Atiku Abubakar when he returned from an international trip through Lagos.
His status was confirmed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, in a statement and has since then gone into Isolation.
The speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, also tested positive for Coronavirus.
Mr Okiye who went into self-isolation upon his return to Nigeria from the United Kingdom was confirmed positive by the Edo state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu.
According to the Edo state government “He is in stable condition. His family members have also been tested and the tests came out negative.
“The only two persons he had direct contact with were his wife and daughter and they have been tested and fortunately, they tested negative.”
This situation prompted Governor Godwin Obaseki to go into self-isolation and to get tested. His result, however, came out negative.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai who alos tested positive for the coronavirus announced his status in a video posted on his verified Twitter handle.
“Earlier this week, I submitted a sample for the COVID-19 test. The result came in this evening, and I regret to say that it is positive,” the governor said.
“According to the protocols for managing COVID-19, I am in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for someone that is not showing symptoms.
“I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced.
“It is most important that everybody should do their utmost to stay safe, stay home and stay alive”.
Nigerian Immigration Service boss Muhammed Babandede Sunday, also tested positive.
“Today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I have been on self-isolation since my return from UK on Sunday 22nd of this month with British Airways in Lagos,” Babandede said in a WhatsApp message.
“I urge my loved ones, Immigration Officers and Nigerians to pray for me and all those affected.”
The former Commissioner for Sports in Ogun State, Bukola Olopade, was also confirmed positive for Coronavirus.
In a video he posted online, Olopade said, “A few days ago, I did make a video that I have been tested for COVID-19. I did promise to make it public once it was done and it has come out a couple of hours ago that I tested positive for COVID-19.
“As you all know, it’s not a death sentence, it’s not the end of the world, I feel no symptoms, I feel great and I feel healthy.
“But I have been called in and I have packed my stuff ready to go in for observation and by the special grace of God, I will come out with a clean bill of health.”
The provost University of Ibadan College of Medicine, Ezekiel Olapade-Olaopa, tested positive for coronavirus.
Olapade-Olaopa made his status and that of his deputy known in a Whatsapp group message.
He said “Dear colleagues, I wish to inform you that the deputy provost and I tested positive for the COVID-19 following the tests done on Friday.
“Although we are both asymptomatic, we have gone into self-isolation for the 14 days while our contacts are being observed closely to determine if they should also be tested.”
The deputy provost,University of Ibadan College of Medicine, Obafunke Denloye, tested positive to the virus.
His status was revealed by the provost University of Ibadan College of Medicine, Ezekiel Olapade-Olaopa, who also positive via a Whatsapp group message.
The chief Medical Director of the University College hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo, tested positive for coronavirus.
He took to his Twitter handle, @UchCmd, to say that the college commenced a 12-man quarterly board meeting which was meant to last five days in the hospital.
He said social distancing and other precautionary measures for covid-19 were observed but one of them showed symptoms of the virus and a test was carried out.
“However, on Wednesday morning, one of us presented with what appeared to be symptoms of covid-19, his samples were immediately taken for test and the meeting called off”.
The fiancée of Nigerian singer David Adeleke, aka Davido, tested positive for coronavirus.
This was disclosed by the musician via his verified Instagram account.
He said, “I came back recently from America after cancelling (my) tour. My fiancée Chioma also came back from London recently with our baby”.
“We had no symptoms and still both feel perfectly fine but because of our recent travel history, we decided to take ourselves and our all close associates we’ve come in recent contact with for the COVID-19 test on the 25th of March.
“Unfortunately, my fiancée’s result came back positive while all 31 others tested negative including our baby. We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever.”
Although the singer and his baby tested negative, he went into isolation.
The Governor or of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is the most recent case of high profile Nigerians infected by the virus.
He took to his Twitter to announce his status saying “I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result. It is positive. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate”.