Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna state governor, has sadly become the second Nigerian state governor to test positive to COVID-19.

In a statement personally signed by the govenor, and released to the media this evening, it was revealed that he took the test for the virus earlier in the week and would be going into isolation in compliance with recommendations of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Recall that Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, is also in isolation after testing positive to the virus.

Read his full statement below

Earlier this week, I submitted a sample for the Covid-19 test. The result came in this evening, and I regret to say that it is positive.

According to the protocols for managing Covid-19, I am in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is no showing symptoms.

I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced.

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

The Deputy Governor is chairing our Covid-19 Taskforce and will continue to issue statements from time to time.

Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai
28th March 2020.