Kano commissioner sacked for ‘celebrating’ Abba Kyari’s death tests positive for coronavirus

Muazu Magaji

A former controversial cabinet member in Nigeria’s Kano State, Muazu Magaji, recently sacked by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, of the state, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Magaji was sacked in April for his “unguarded utterances” over the death of Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Though, Magaji later apologised for his mockery statement posted on his Facebook page, saying he was “misunderstood and never intended to celebrate the death” of the late Kyari, he was not absorbed back into the state cabinet.

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Magaji, who personally disclosed his status in a post on his Facebook page on Thursday, said he has been moved to an isolation centre in the state after his test came out positive.

“Salam brothers and sisters I have been down for some days now, NCDC protocol activated. Need your prayers,” he said.

“Dear all, I do truly apologize for you not getting across to me on phone or msgs… I have been indisposed due to ongoing health challenges some of us going through in Kano.

“This morning my NCDC test is out. I have been confirmed Covid-19 Positive.  And have been moved to one of the state facilities… pray for us!

“Going through a historical moment of our time. A time we will either live to remember or we will be remembered having lived in! Which ever applies Alhamdulillah!” Magaji, the former commissioner, said on Facebook.

Kano has been hit by a wave of strange deaths since the state recorded its index COVID-19 case in April, .

Thus far, thee state has a total of 427 confirmed cases of the disease making it the second highest in Nigeria.