Presidency debunks claim by Sahara Reporters, a digital newspaper which, Tuesday, reported that President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Sarki Abba is COVID-19 positive.
Shehu Garba, the president’s media aide shared this on Wednesday through his official Twitter handle: @GarShehu.
The tweets read: “This report is sheer fabrication and brazen effort by the online news medium to mislead the public.
“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.
“The general public is hereby advised to ignore such stories that are intended to mislead the people and create unnecessary anxiety about the safety of the President.
“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.”
However, the source said the current status of Abba remains unknown weeks after posible infection, the online newspaper reported.
Recalled, the former Chief of Staff to President, Abba Kyari was killed by the virus in April.