Mohammed, the son of former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has denied reports that he infected Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State with coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a message on Tuesday, Mohammed Abubakar accused the governor of lying about how contracted the deadly disease.
According to him, he never had any contact with governor Mohammed when they met on board an Aero Contractors aircraft on March 18 at about 5:20 p.m from Lagos to Abuja.
Abubakar added that he also did not shake hands with the governor when the duo, accompanied by their wives, boarded the plane together.
Speaking further, Abubakar said the governor sat on one side of the aisle, while he was on another side with his wife.
“We greeted but never shook hands,” he said.
This news medium learned that the Bauchi governor was in Germany for three days and was said to have returned to Nigeria on March 15.
Corroborating the claim were some of the governor’s tweets and pictures posted on March 13, which showed his trip in Germany, sitting on a round table amongst foreign partners.
A source within the Atiku family told reporters that; “It was, therefore, surprising that the governor in his statements never mentioned that he travelled to Germany where he met many business partners and investors. Why did he hide such important aspect of his movement and the emphasis was on a handshake that never happened.”
Abubakar announced that his son has tested positive for the virus, and has since been undergoing treatment at the Gwagwalada General Hospital in Abuja.
Meanwhile, the governor’s spokesperson, Mukhtar Gidado, announced in a statement that the governor had gone into self-isolation after meeting with Abubakar.
According to Gidado, the governor boarded the same flight and shook hands with Abubakar.
On Tuesday, Gidado said that governor Mohammed had tested positive for the virus after undergoing the test by NCDC.
“This is to inform the general public that the results of the six initial tests carried out by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed, his family and aides that accompanied him to Lagos is (sic) out,” the statement said.
“Of the six initial tests carried out, one sample was confirmed positive of COVID-19. The positive result happens to be that of His Excellency, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State.
“At this point, it should be noted that the governor is on self-isolation as his doctors and officials from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) have taken full charge of his quarantine.”“His Excellency solicits for prayers from all and requests that all those who had contact with him or anyone known to have the same medical condition to go for test immediately in order to avert further spread of COVID-19 epidemic.