The reports on which emerged on Tuesday, March 24 that members of the Presidential Task Force for the control of the coronavirus visited President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari at the Presidential Villa has been described as ‘fake news’ by Personal Assistant on New Media to the president, Bashir Ahmad.
According to Bashir in a post on his Twitter handle, the Task Force team chaired by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha were at the Villa on a different motive.
News Nigeria understands that the 12-member task force team on Tuesday were sighted at the building which accommodates the office of the CoS and the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Reacting to the reports about the team member’s visit at the Villa to see Kyari, Shehu said the news is not far from the usual fake news by Nigerians, noting that the team were at the Villa for a meeting on the increasing rate of Coronavirus in Nigeria.
He said, “The news that members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID19 went to the Villa purposely to visit Chief of Staff office is not an inch away from the usual fake news.
“The members of the Presidential task force were at the Villa to hold a meeting on COVID-19 at a facility provided for that purpose.”
See his tweet below:
The news that members of the Presidential Task Force on #COVID19 went to the Villa purposely to visit Chief of Staff office is not an inch away from the usual #FakeNews, the #PTFCOVID19 members were at the Villa to hold a meeting on C—19 at a facility provided for that purpose.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) March 24, 2020
Meanwhile, three staff in the of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, have reportedly tested positive to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), News Nigeria report.