The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is said to be currently in self-quarantine amid the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.

His spokesman, Laolu Akande disclosed this yesterday.

Akande, in a tweet on Tuesday, said Osinbajo has been “conducting his meetings via video conferencing while observing social distance.”


Akande’s tweet comes after it emerged that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Abba Kyari, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The president’s chief of staff is believed to have been infected during his recent trip to Germany where he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.

Kyari was said to have returned on March 14 and, apparently, did not show any symptoms of being infected with the virus at the time.

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However, it is yet unclear whether Prof. Osinbajo’s self-quarantine is related to news of Kyari’s positive case.

The Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), the two bodies at the forefront of the country’s response against the virus, have repeatedly advised Nigerians to self-quarantine, especially if they just returned from a foreign trip.

On Monday, NCDC chief, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the nation’s major coronavirus threat comes from those coming in from outside the borders.