Obasanjo: How I Was Asymptomatic To Covid-19 Infection At 84

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By Abiola Olawale

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria on Friday, revealed that he once tested positive for Covid-19 without showing any known symptoms of the dreaded virus.

Obasanjo, who was speaking at a colloquium organized to celebrate his 84th birthday, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, revealed that he had battled and survived Covid-19.

The former president said that he had no symptoms of the virus prior to when he tested positive.

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He, however, noted that he had tested negative three days after he tested positive for Covid-19, adding that he has tested negative three times since then.

In his words, “It will surprise you that I was tested positive for Covid-19. I called them to come and test me, they came on a Saturday, I didn’t get the result until Wednesday and it came out positive, but I didn’t see any symptoms. They came three days after, said I am negative. That is three days after I tested positive. My daughter, Iyabo, is an epidemiologist and I called her to explain, she said maybe they tested me at the later stage of my being positive. I told her that I had no symptoms and she said it could be a fault result. But I was tested positive. Since then, I have tested three times negative; so, if you want to come near me, you can come near me.”

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Recall that Obasanjo was born in a village of Ibogun-Olaogun in southwest Nigeria on March 5, 1937. He served as Nigeria’s head of state from 1976 to 1979 and later as its President from 1999 to 2007. Ideologically a Nigerian nationalist, he was a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from 1999 to 2015 and again from 2018 onward.

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Since leaving power, he has become a renowned letter writer to his successors. The letters always send reverberating message and echoes across Nigeria’s socio-political landscape each time he writes them.

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