COVID-19: Anxiety in Kebbi over status of Gov. Bagudu

COVID-19: Anxiety in Kebbi over status of Gov. Bagudu

There is tension among top government officials in Kebbi  State over the health status of Governor Atiku Bagudu, who was in contact with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari,  who tested positive to coronavirus.

Bagudu held a series of meetings at the Presidential Villa last week where he was alleged to have come in contact with the Chief of Staff.

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It was also observed that the Governor has allegedly gone into self-isolation in his private home in Birnin Kebbi.

Bagudu, since his return from Abuja a few days ago, held an emergency meeting with various stakeholders in the state, including Emir of Gwandu, Emir of Argungu, Speaker of Kebbi Assembly, SSG, Commissioners, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries,  Directors and chairmen of local governments to chart the best course of action for the financial future of the state.

The meeting also discussed ways to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

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The Governor has not been seen in the public since then.

Meanwhile, he has directed that civil servant in the state should stay at home for two weeks except for the conventional workers.

This development, our correspondent, gathered has generated a lot of anxiety in the state, especially among top government functionaries and other critical stakeholders who have come in contact with the Governor.

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When our correspondent contacted the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Mallam. Yahaya Sirki, on the whereabouts of the Governor, he said: “the governor is not on self-isolation.”

“The directive to stay at home does not involve the media and the security and those on essential services. What actually happened in Govt House yesterday is just to reduce the number of people entering the  Government House, including the media and security. They were asked to go home until when needed. But even at this point, some journalists and security are still retained in Govt House. I repeat my Governor is not on self-isolation.” he added.

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