- Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has denied reports that he is running away from being tested for COVID-19
- A recent report had alleged that Sheriff came in contact with two patients who have died of the disease
- The former Borno governor described the report as malicious and said it was sponsored by his political enemies
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A former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff on Sunday, May 3, described as malicious, reports that he was running away from being tested for COVID-19 after allegedly coming in contact with two cases who have died of the disease.
A statement issued by Kola Adam, a media aide to the former governor of Borno state, said that the report was fabricated.
According to the statement, the reports had alleged that Sheriff, during the burial of his father, came in contact with Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Kyari Elkanemi and Mohammed Goni both of who have now died of COVID-19.
The report also alleged that Senator Sheriff tricked health workers in the state and fled to Abuja to avoid being tested.
However, the statement stressed that the report was false, adding that the Borno state COVID-19 committee had also refuted the claims in the said report.
Part of the statement read: “The late Shehu of Bama did not have contact with Sheriff for the past one year and was not present at the burial of Senator Sheriff’s father, let alone attending the funeral prayers.
“There was no place where Sheriff shook hands with anybody during the burial of his late father and so could not have come in contact with late Goni during the funeral procession.
“For the record, Sheriff and his family were all tested negative in Abuja, before proceeding to Maiduguri.
“Since the discovery of the virus in Nigeria, Sheriff had confined himself to social distancing even before the order by the federal government.
“It is unfortunate that naïve minded politicians instead of praying for protection, started to make mischief out of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Recall that Sheriff's father who is the Galadima of Dikwa, died in his Maiduguri home in the early hours of Thursday, April 23.
He has since been buried according to Islamic rites.
Reacting to the incident, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed sadness over the news.
The president, in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, on Thursday, April 23 extended commiserations to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno and the family of Sheriff.
President Buhari also commiserated with the Shehu of Borno, and the entire Borno Emirate Council on the passing of the senior Sheriff.
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