Opinion: Why Abba Kyari deserves his Coronavirus status and more punishment

Days ago, Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari accused lawmakers from the House of Representatives of failing to self-isolate themselves having recently returned to the country .

In his own words he described their actions as a threat to the country and ordered those he accused to unfailing submit themselves to the authorities for further medical assessment.

But Mr Kyari tested positive to Coronavirus on Monday, March 23 according to NCDC after symptoms of the disease started manifesting in him. He was reported to have returned to the country on March 14 from Germany, one of the high risk countries battling COVID-19.

Nigeria recorded its first case of the pandemic last month and since then calls for Nigerians to practise social distancing and self-isolation have repeatedly been canvassed for.

If the presidential aide practice what he preaches, he should still be in self-isolation until March 28 having returned on March 14. Self-isolation takes 14 days but he felt he is above the law and went on to spread the disease.

He went to Kogi for a function, attended a wedding somewhere in the North with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and held series of meetings that has forced the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, to self-isolate.

Kyari deserves his Coronavirus status and should be punished additionally for his recklessness which is going to cause the country some hard earned money which it does not have.

Joseph Sunday writes from Kaduna State.

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