By NCF Chief Research Officer in Nigeria, Jibrin Ado Abubakar
The novel virus with the code name Covid 19 has made it successful landing in Nigeria.
The virus has gained a foothold in Nigeria’s pretty dense population, with a total record of 42 cases as of yesterday Monday around the morning hour.
The virus has been found positive on Senator Bala Muhammad, the governor of Bauchi State in the north eastern part of the country. The news was announced in a press release by the governor’s media aid, on Monday.
The Nigeria Center for Control of Disease NCCD had confirmed the test. The governor contracted the virus on an air trip when he interacted with son of Atiku Abubakar, Vice President from 1999 to 2007, and former presidential aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party PDP in the last presidential race.
Mallam Abba Kyari, presidential villa Chief of Staff has also been tested positive and he is under quarantine alongside the Bauchi State Governor.
Another person, Suleiman Achimugu, who flew into the country recently was also found to have contracted the new virus and died immediately. The federal government has closed down all federal institutions. Only those that deal with emergencies are operational, like hospitals, police stations etc.
The level of austerity in the country will really put the campaign to combat the new virus under strain. This since a great percentage of the population depend on daily searching for basic needs, and keeping them at home will prove difficult, making it difficult in turn to battle the virus. But efforts are being made to meet with religious leaders, unions and NGOs in order to garner their help in educating the people on the need to stay behind closed doors.