- Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
- John Okiyi Kalu, the state commissioner of information, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday, June 8
- The commissioner said the governor has gone into isolation
The Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has tested positive for the COVID-19 infection.
The state commissioner of information, John Okiyi Kalu, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday, June 8, The Nation reports.
Kalu said the governor had gone into isolation and directed his deputy governor to act on his behalf pending the time he resumes duty.
The commissioner urged all people in Abia state to take the fight against COVID-19 serious because the disease is real.
“Consequent on the above, the Governor has directed his Deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, to act on his behalf pending his full resumption of duties.
“We wish to urge all Abians to take the fight against COVID-19 serious as the disease is real but not a death sentence. Our state has the resources to manage patients back to good health."
Governor Ikpeazu is the fourth Nigerian governor to contract the coronavirus.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi previously tested positive for the virus but fully recovered.
Meanwhile, Lagos has finally bowed to the pressure of the people and reopened all religious centres across the state following two months abstention geared at stemming the spread of the Covid-19 scourge.
The decision, of course, came as a surprise when Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu announced the ban lift on mosques and churches barely seventy-two (72) hours after the state government restrained the ban.
The Lagos state government, in a reaction to the ban lift on worship centres nationwide effective from Monday, June 1, by the federal government through the Covid-19 presidential task force, maintained that the possibility of reopening was totally out of it.
Speaking after the relaxation on Tuesday, June 2, Lagos commissioner of home affairs, Anofiu Elegushi, declared the state would maintain the status quo as per the reopening of churches and mosques.
But in a subsequent decision, Lagos gave clearance to reopen worship places. This was contained in a state-wide address by the state governor on Thursday, June 4.
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