Reacting to the claim that Sarki Abba, President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide has tested positive for Coronavirus, the Presidency in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has debunked the claim, stating that Nigerians should ignore “determined agents of fake news bent on spreading false stories to the public.”
The statement reads, “We react to the utter falsehood and disgraceful lies, a report by a so-called digital newspaper which, Tuesday, claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Sarki Abba is COVID-19 positive. This report is a sheer fabrication and a brazen effort by the online news medium to mislead the public.
“Upon the directive of doctors and scientists and supervision of Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff, all staff working for and around the President, are routinely and rigorously checked for the virus. The Senior Special Assistant, Social Affairs and Domestic Matters, Sarki Abba, always tested negative. Don’t let yourself be manipulated by any medium that thrives on yellow journalism and specialises in peddling fake news in the desperate quest for the market and donor money.”