National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday confirmed that the death of his former Chief Security Officer, CSO, Lateef Raheem was caused by the Coronavirus, disclosing also that an unnamed aide of his is currently a Covid-19 patient.
Following the earlier death of his security chief, the former Lagos governor and his wife, Senator Oluremi heeded the advice of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, by getting tested and their results were returned negative.
A statement by Tinubu’s Media Aide, Tunde Rahman read in part: “Following the death of our well-respected and beloved Chief Security Officer, Alhaji Lateef Raheem, NCDC medics took the wise precaution of taking samples from his body for testing to actually determine the cause of death.
“Today, the test results are back. The samples tested positive for Covid-19.
“As a precautionary measure taken soon after the death of Alhaji Raheem, His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, and all their aides took COVID-19 tests Saturday, April 25.
“The results of the tests were returned this morning. Test results for both Asiwaju and Senator Tinubu were negative.”
However, while most of the staff tested negative, one aide tested positive for Coronavirus.
Rahman stated further, “The results of one aide were positive. The rest of the staff was negative. The one staff member has been isolated in accordance with NCDC guidelines.
“Further contact tracing and COVID-19 tests are being conducted by the NCDC with regard to the relatives and possible contacts of that staff member.
“Asiwaju has stressed that openness and transparency must be observed if we are to defeat this disease. There is no house immune to its entry. Contracting the virus should not bring social or moral stigma any more than contracting malaria or a common cold.
“We cannot overcome this challenge by acting like it does not exist or by trying to conceal that someone may have it due to social shame. The culture of denial is counterproductive and will do great harm in our current situation.”