Nigerian President’s Top Aide Tests Positive for CCP Virus: Source

By Reuters
March 24, 2020COVID-19
Nigerian President’s Top Aide Tests Positive for CCP Virus: Source
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on April 30, 2018. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

The Nigerian president’s chief of staff has tested positive for CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a source with direct knowledge said.

NTD refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

Abba Kyari, who is in his 70s, is an important figure in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and his illness could have ramifications for the running of the country.

Kyari has a history of medical complications, including diabetes, and is the gatekeeper to the president. Many who wish to deal with Buhari must go through Kyari, including Nigeria’s top politicians and businessmen.

Matthew Page, an associate fellow with the Africa Program at Chatham House, described Kyari as the “lynchpin” of the Buhari government.

“This has the potential to further slow down decision making within top tiers of Nigerian government,” he said.

Kyari traveled to Germany in early March with a delegation of other Nigerian officials for meetings with Siemens AG. It is unclear if he self-isolated upon his return to Nigeria.

A presidency spokesman did not comment on whether Buhari, has been tested. The president, who is aged 77, has undisclosed medical ailments and spent five months in London for treatments in 2017.

As of March 23, Nigeria had 40 confirmed cases, two of whom had recovered, and one death—a 67-year-old former oil official. It was unclear if Kyari’s diagnosis was included in that total.

By Paul Carsten and Alexis Akwagyiram

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report. 

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