Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari and members of his entourage have gone into isolation following their journey to the United Kingdom.
This was confirmed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja on Sunday.
Shehu told Vanguard that the decision of Buhari to isolate himself was in accordance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines for international travel.
Unconfirmed reports have it that upon his arrival in the United Kingdom, the President was seen in close contact with some officials of the Nigeria High Commission in London who have allegedly tested positive for coronavirus.
Responding to The Guardian’s enquiry on the matter, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, explained that the President and members of his delegation would have to go on isolation in line with the guideline for international travels.
“Mr President and all of those on his delegation will isolate in line with NCDC guidelines for international travel. They all tested yesterday (Friday) and will follow up with another test in due course,” the Presidential Spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian High Commission in London has since been shut down to observe the mandatory ten days isolation of those who were in contact with the affected officials.
Members of the President’s delegation to the UK included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (retired).
President Buhari had on July 26 travelled to London, United Kingdom to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025 and see his doctors.
At the summit, he pledged to increase the budget for the education sector by as much as 50 per cent over the next two years.
During the visit, the Nigerian leader also met and played host to various dignitaries including the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
The Prime Minister during the meeting assured Buhari that the UK is available to assist Nigeria in its war against terrorism.
After 19 days abroad, President Buhari returned to the country, after a trip to the United Kingdom, during which he saw his doctors.