- The presidency has warned Nigerians to be wary of fake news about Buhari's aide, Sarki Abba
- Abba was reported to have tested positive of COVID-19 by an online medium
- Garba Shehu, the special assistant on media and publicity to the president, however, denied the report
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The presidency has advised Nigerians to disregard the report about the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social affairs and domestic matters, Sarki Abba, test positive for COVID-19.
Legit.ng reports that in a thread of tweets on Wednesday, September 2, the senior special assistant to the president, media and publicity, Garba Shehu, denied the rumour, describing it as misleading and false.
Shehu said that the report was a sheer fabrication and a brazen effort by an online news medium to mislead the public.
He said all staff working for and around the president are routinely and rigorously checked for the virus, saying that Abba always tested negative.
"Upon the directive of doctors and scientists and supervision of Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the chief of staff, all staff working for and around the President, are routinely and rigorously checked for the virus. The senior special assistant, social affairs and domestic matters, Sarki Abba, always tested negative," he said.
Shehu, however, urged the general public to ignore such stories, which he said are intended to mislead the people and create unnecessary anxiety about the safety of the president.
He said: "Don't let yourself to be manipulated by any medium that thrives on yellow journalism and specialises in peddling fake news in the desperate quest for the market and donor money."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Lauretta Onochie, a media aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, faulted a report which claimed that a presidential aide tested positive for COVID-19.
The report which was published on Tuesday, September 1, had alleged that Abba contracted the coronavirus.
Onochie in a tweet described the report as fake news. She disclosed Abba was in good health and shared a picture of the aide to back her claims.
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