Dr. Kemi Olunloyo, a trained pharmacist and medical journalist in the United States, alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, is dead.
The Presidency had said that Abba Kyari, who tested positive for Coronavirus in March, was receiving treatment in Lagos, but different sources alleged that he was transferred abroad for medical treatment.
Disclosing the news of his death on Thursday, Dr. Olunloye wrote;
“BREAKING, A HIGH RANKING member of President Buhari’s Cabinet has DIED of #CoronaVirus #Covid 19 becomplications. I will give the feds the honor of announcing it. U cannot hide it like Yar’Adua. I’m not telling because I value NATIONAL SECURITY OF NIGERIA #drkemiolunloyo”
Meanwhile, while responding to a question on the whereabouts of the president’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, at the daily press briefing, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, had said Kyari’s location was not important, adding that the president’s chief of staff like any other Nigerian has a right to privacy.
Ehanire said: “I want to repeat that every person, including each of you here, has a right to privacy. Each of you has the right to tell anyone whether you have been screened or whether you have tested negative or positive and that right is also granted to those who are in public office or VIPs.
“Some VIPs have chosen to disclose by themselves; some have authorised that their own result can be announced and I announced mine; the SGF gave me the permission to announce his; the vice-president also gave us permission.
“For those who didn’t give us the permission, we don’t announce their results and we don’t tell you who is positive or negative and we don’t go into the fact of whether they are in treatment or not because it is not part of what the public needs to know.
“But let me tell you that all those who were screened and found positive, whether VIP or common man, are all in good care and in custody and are being properly taken care of.”
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