COVID-19 no respecter of persons, says Gov el-Rufai

Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa'i of Kaduna State has warned that coronavirus was not a friend to anybody and could strike where it was least expected.

Speaking in a radio Hausa program monitored by journalists in Kaduna yesterday, the governor said ''Despite the security paraphernalia around me, I got the virus. This goes to show that the virus does not recognize any personality.''

On why he returned to his clean shave looks, he said: "I'm truly aging, I'm a few steps above 60 and this disease is not kind to the old. I'm old. That is the danger. If one is above 50, one should be very careful not to contract the virus.

''To an aged person with other health complications like diabetes, hypertension, coronavirus will be very deadly.

"When I came out of isolation, I intended to leave my beard because it was the tradition of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be with him but as I visited my mother to greet her, she was against my new look, she asked me to shave.

''According to her, my father was not bearded during his lifetime. I had no option but to shave my beard because I want to live peacefully with my mother."

Speaking on his traumatic experience while in isolation, El-Rufai said: "I could've died if not for my doctors. I followed their instructions strictly and took my medications. My wives collaborated with Dr Hadiza, the deputy governor and seized my phones while in isolation. I was only left with an iPad, the device I used to read and go online.

"I can't exactly say how I contracted the coronavirus but I was in Abuja and had interacted with many people, some from overseas. I was assigned to chair committees by the government, I believe it was from these interactions I got the virus.

"It's a good coincidence that we have Dr Hadiza as our deputy governor and Dr Baloni who was with UNICEF for over 20 years and knows much about public health. We are glad and lucky to have them, especially during this pandemic."

He warned the public, particularly some recalcitrant traders in the state, that government would deal decisively, with anyone who attempts to derail measures put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19.

" We've instructed soldiers, the security agencies to deal with any troublemaker, no matter the status in society, wallahi,'' the governor warned.

He said Allah knew why he was the first to suffer from the virus in the state, noting ''I survived it, someone else may not.

''That is why we are very serious about the disease. I went through trauma, even when I spoke on line from isolation, I was battling with a bad headache. I won't like even my enemy to suffer from coronavirus.''

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