BREAKING: Governor el-Rufai of Kaduna tests positive for coronavirus


Updated: March 8, 2021

The governor of Kaduna state in northern Nigeria Nasir el-Rufai has tested positive for coronavirus.

“Malam Nasir @elrufai has disclosed that he has tested positive for Covid-19. He is in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is not showing symptoms,” the governor tweeted.

“Earlier this week, I submitted a sample for COVID-19 test, the results came in this evening, and I regret to say that it is positive,” the governor said in a video he posted on Twitter.

“According to the protocol for managing COVID-19, I’m in self-isolation,” he said.

“I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna state to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced by our government,” he added.

“It is most important that everyone should do their utmost to safe, stay home and stay alive.

“The deputy governor is in charge of our task force on COVID-19 and I will continue to issue statements from time to time. Thank you very much,” he concluded.

The governor of Bauchi, Bala Mohammed, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff Abba Kyari, and the son of former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar had already tested positive for the coronavirus and are all in self isolation.


Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on


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