- Some people who returned from Lagos and Abuja to their home states have been deserted over coronavirus
- Lagos state has the highest number of the coronavirus cases in Nigeria
- A friend to Atiku's son, Ali Kaka, revealed how his friends ran away from him when he returned from Abuja
A report by Daily Trust indicates that some residents are running away from people who returned to Adamawa state from Abuja and Lagos for fear of contracting the pandemic coronavirus.
Legit.ng reports that Lagos and Abuja top the list of COVID-19 prevalence in Nigeria as the federal government struggles to prevent the spread of the disease.
Ali Kaka, a friend to Muhammed Atiku, the son of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who tested positive for the virus recently, said he was shocked when a group of his friends dispersed as he approached them days after he had returned from Abuja.
He said a rumour had gone around Yola that he had had contact with Muhammed in Abuja, causing people to avoid sharing space with him.
“Wallahi, I did not meet Muhammed in Abuja at all. The last time we met was three months back and that was in Yola, but some unscrupulous people just created the rumour to mislead the public.
“Yes, Muhammed Atiku is my friend but I did not meet him during my recent trip to Abuja. If I had had contact with him, I would have demanded to be tested for the virus because I want to be healthy,’’ he said.
Kaka, however, vowed that he would take legal action if he discovered the source of the rumour to serve as a lesson to the peddlers.
According to the newspaper, some of Kaka's friends said at first they believed the rumour and consequently avoided him because they heard he attended a social event with Atiku's son, and they could not risk their safety.
“This is a highly contagious disease and we all know that the person in question is a good friend of Mr Atiku and they worked in the same place before and maintained contact, that is why we believed the rumour and avoided him. But since we discovered it was a baseless rumour, we are ready to associate with him and we ask for his forgiveness,” a friend stated.
Another resident who returned from Abuja, Musa Ine, lamented his treatment by neighbours and friends, saying people avoided him and gossiped about him without any reason.
“I discovered a rumor was peddled around that I met with some big men in Abuja who were already infected, so some people refused to come close to me. I was at a shop to buy things, a friend of mine quickly left the shop without talking to me,” he added.
Adamawa state governor had imposed a lockdown in the state, banning inter-state travels and restricting movement within the state as part of measures to prevent the spread of the virus to the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following the spread of the pandemic coronavirus in Nigeria, a member of House of Representatives, Shina Peller, embarked on three days fasting and prayers to seek an end to the deadly disease.
It was reported that the lawmaker, who represents Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Iwajowa/Kajola federal constituency in Oyo state, said in a Facebook post that he had completed day two of his three days fasting and prayers.
He sought God's mercy to accept his acts of worship, forgive his sins, have mercy on Nigerians, and bring healing unto the country.
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