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COVID-19: President Buhari, Others Isolate After UK Trip


President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his entourage to the United Kingdom went into self-isolation in compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines, after spending two weeks in London. Mr President and others arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport about 18:15 pm on Friday. The senior Special Assistant to Mr President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu confirmed the development on Sunday. They include the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Abubakar. There are unconfirmed reports that President Buhari was seen in close contact with some officials of the Nigeria High Commission in London who have tested positive for coronavirus. The Nigerian High Commission in London has since been shut down on Thursday, to observe the mandatory ten days isolation of those who were in contact with the affected officials.

President Buhari had on July 26 traveled to London to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025.

While in London, Mr President joined other world leaders to attend the Global Education Summit.

The summit, co-hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, successfully generated about four billion dollars out of the targeted five billion dollars for the transformation of the education sector in low income countries, including Nigeria.

Mr President appeared on a panel of discussants with a live audience alongside his counterparts from other African countries, including Mr Kenyatta, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, President Faure Eyadema of Togo and President Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi.

The President also used the opportunity of the trip to undergo a medical check-up.