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Why Economic Advisory Council Members Self-Isolate After Meeting Buhari


More questions have arisen over the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari after members of the Federal Government’s Economic Advisory Council went into self-isolation flowing a recent meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The council had met with Buhari on March 17, 2020, and briefed him on economic matters.

It could be recalled that the presidency had announced that the result of the Coronavirus [Covid-19] test conducted on the president showed negative.

However, the assurance would not last long as tongues are still wagging that Mr. President might be down with the dreaded virus after all.

An audio, whose authenticity could not be confirmed, had gone viral with claims that President Buhari and his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, were suddenly flown abroad as their heath situation deteriorated badly.

Abba Kyari tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

Three days ago, an investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo reported that Mr. President had fallen sick and developed persistent cough and is been treated at the Presidential Villa.

According to Kemi, who posted the news on Instagram page, a ventilator was brought in from a hospital to set up a makeshift ICU to treat him at the villa.

The veteran journalist even called on all Nigerians to pray for the president, who had close shave with Abba Kyari who is positive with coronavirus.

After the recent meeting with Buhari, a member of the Economic Advisory Council, Professor Ode Ojuwu, had confirmed to Daily Trust that he was in self-isolation.

Further investigations, however, have shown that the Advisory Council went into self-isolation because the Chief of Staff to the President, who had tested positive to the disease, was present at the meeting.

“I can only confirm for myself. I am not sure everyone of us had direct contact with the CoS on Tuesday 17 March. I had a personal contact with him after the meeting.

“I sincerely wish him speedy recovery to continue his service to Nigeria,” Ojowu said.

Presently, no other member of the council has tested positive to COVID-19 following the meeting but members and their spouses are said to be in self-imposed isolation.

President Buhari set up the council in September, 2019 to advise him on economic policy matters, including fiscal analysis, economic growth and a range of internal and global economic issues, working with the relevant cabinet members and heads of monetary and fiscal agencies.

The council, chaired by Prof. Doyin Salami, a former member of the monetary policy committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and senior lecturer at the Lagos Business School, has Ode Ojowu, Shehu Yahaya, Iyabo Masha, Chukwuma Soludo, Bismark Rewane, and Mohammed Adaya Salisu as members.

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