|The presidency is stirring up trouble!
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President Muhammadu Buhari was bound to return from the UK where he had been to attend an international education summit – and see his private doctors for a routine medical checkup. And his return has caused an upheaval.
When Air Force 1 touched down in Abuja, the security chiefs and Inspector-General of Police were on hand to receive him. Then he inspected a guard of honour and hopped onto a chopper to fly to the Presidential Villa.
So what’s the problem with that? Nothing much, except that the president and his travel delegation were supposed to self-isolate for two weeks as required by COVID-19 protocols. The presidential spokesman announced the isolation that would be.
But that was without reckoning with the workaholic nature of some jobs. Turns out the president has continued just where he left off work – and that’s putting close aides and State House staff at risk.
This all comes as the country launched the second phase of its vaccination campaign against coronavirus to get the pandemic under control. The launch faces the threat of continued strike by doctors, experts have warned, as the absence of doctors could affect rollout across states.
Afrexim Bank is bankrolling the supply of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 for African states, and Nigeria expects to get some 40 million doses by 2022.