Covid-19: Crisis hits Government Houses

FROM Makurdi to Akure, Abakaliki, Asaba, Umuahia, and even Abuja, Covid-19 appears to be hitting hard at government officials, their spouses and their children.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State is the latest of such high profile officials to test positive for the virus.

His status was revealed yesterday and he has since proceeded on self-isolation.

But the situation is morescary at the Government House, Makurdi, where Governor Daniel Ortom’s wife, her son, the Secretary to the State Government, the governor’s Chief of Staff, the state’s Head of Service and about 30 other officials and aides are infected.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, his wife and their daughter remain in self-isolation as is Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.

Mr. Noel Donjur, the Chief of Staff to the Plateau State Governor, is also in an isolation centre after testing positive.

However, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, who had been in self- isolation after testing positive, has now recovered and tested negative.

Governors Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) had at different times contracted the virus before they got healed.

But President Muhammadu Buhari’s first Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari was not that lucky. He died of complications arising from Covid-19 on April 18.

There are also speculations that Mallam Babagana Wakil, the Chief of Staff to the Borno State Governor, who died on July 1, might have contracted the virus.

Confirming the health status of Governor Umahi yesterday, Ebonyi State Commissioner of Information, Uchenna Orji, said his principal was asymptotic and has since isolated himself in line with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols.

The Governor handed over the running of the state to his Deputy, Kelechi Igwe to “take over the frontline coordination of our fight against Coronavirus pandemic to protect our people from the scourge of the virus.”

Umahi said some of his close aides similarly tested positive for the virus after undertaking the test.

He did not reveal the identities of those who tested positive.

The governor appealed to residents in the state to take preventive measures.

He added that he was working from home and would conduct all meetings virtually.