Unic Press UK: Mohammed Abubakar, a son of the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has urged the Nigerian people to exercise caution in disseminating information, and eschew the spread of fake or unconfirmed news.
Mohammed, the first person to be confirmed COVID-19 positive in the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja, spoke while still admitted in a hospital in the Federal Capital Territory, where he is currently undergoing treatment for this virus pandemic.
“Fake news is very bad. It compounds your problems if you’re in a vulnerable situation. People who are more vulnerable, this thing [fake news] could really affect their health. It could affect their immune system as well. So, let me urge people out there to be very circumspect in how they treat information. Let them be careful in spreading information that’s false as these things aggravate health conditions.”
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) April 2, 2020
Abubakar expressed disaffection with the fake news that has trailed his case, and called on Nigerians to come together to tackle this disease that requires a collective will to solve.
As at Thursday’s report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), there are 184 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria of which 20 people recovered and 2 dead.
Ten new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 7 in Lagos and 3 in the FCT.
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 2, 2020