By John Okeke
The Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama has debunked the reports making round the media that he has tested positive Covid-19 alongside his aide in Enugu describing it as “Fabricated and Malicious”.
It could be recalled the media had reported that the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, has been silent since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Nigeria stressing It is still unclear if the minister is in self-isolation or on his annual leave.
The media also reported that Under normal circumstance, Onyeama should be visible at this period to guide Nigeria’s foreign policy amid the global pandemic.
Onyeama spoke in a statement yesterday through his S.A Media , Sarah Sanda and made available to The Authority.
The statement said,” It has come to the attention of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, that a fabricated and malicious report is circulating in social and print media alleging that the two claimed cases of Covid-19 recently reported in Enugu were the Minister and his Personal Assistant.
“The Minister and his aide were in Abuja at all material times. Furthermore, the Minister is a member of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and all the members were recently tested and all found to be negative,” the statement said.
“The authors of this act are well known as is their motive; to embarass and spread alarm and panic during a national emergency.
For that reason as well as to curb this kind of criminal behaviour, the matter has been brought to the attention of the law enforcement agencies for investigation and severe sanctions as a deterrence for the future,” the statement added.