Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

Did Atiku’s Son Refuse To Self-Isolate After Returning From The UK? (Opinion)

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

More information about the situation surrounding the announcement made by the former vice-president of Nigeria is beginning to surface.

Yesterday, the Peoples Democratic Party's presidential candidate took to social media to announce that his son had tested positive for coronavirus and had been admitted at the Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja.

"My son has tested positive to coronavirus. @NCDCGov has been duly informed, and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management. I will appreciate it if you have him in your prayers. Stay safe, coronavirus is real," the politician wrote on Twitter.

His decision to come open about the situation and make his son the first publicly known person to have the virus was praised by other social media users, including music producer, Samklef, who has been furious about the 'lack of openness' by the government.

However, early on Monday morning, reports of how the son of the politician allegedly refused to self-isolate after returning from Europe began to surface.

According to several social media users, the NCDC had to forcefully lockdown the estate where he and his family live before he was taken to the hospital.

Other reports allege that Atiku's son, who had had symptoms of the disease for a while, went to the mosque for Jumat service, a club and a mall on Friday.

Quoting, Samklef's tweet in which he praised Atiku, another Twitter user, @ChiefOjukwu, made a thread that suggested that Atiku only disclosed the status of his son because he had no option.

Those tweets became popular on Twitter in no time, with hundreds of people liking and retweeting them to their followers who did the same thing with theirs.

But it turns out there is another side to the story. After those earlier tweets had gone viral, Atiku's daughter put out a video debunking the claims that her brother had deliberately attempted to spread the virus.

She said her brother and his wife had been self-isolating since he returned to Abuja from Lagos after a business trip in the UK last week.

She asked that people desist from spreading falsehood, as the world continues to fight against the global pandemic.

Her stands have been affirmed by social media critic, Japheth Omojuwa, and another Twitter user, Somto, who claims he was supposed to have a meeting with Muhammed but it was cancelled because the young man was self-isolating.

Now it is unclear who is telling the truth in this matter, even as Nigerians continue to hope for the best at this time

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