One month after testing positive for coronavirus, Atiku’s son still positive

Son of Nigeria’s former vice-president and PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 elections, Mohammed Atiku-Abubakar, has continued to test positive for coronavirus four weeks after he was confirmed, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mohammed has remained in isolation despite not showing any symptoms, a development that has surprised medical experts. Mr Atiku-Abubakar, 31, tested positive for the virus on March 19. He was subsequently moved to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, where most COVID-19 cases around the Nigerian capital are treated.

Despite being placed on medication, including antiretroviral and immune-boosting vitamins, he has continued to test positive 28 days on, according to medical officials familiar with his case. “He tested positive again yesterday,” an official told PREMIUM TIMES. “We are doing all that is in our power to ensure his recovery, but he can only be released after he has been deemed completely recovered.”

Another official told PREMIUM TIMES Mr Atiku-Abubakar’s “unique condition” has puzzled experts at the NCDC. “We have been saying that this is a unique condition, but we are confident he will recover soon,” the official added. Both officials spoke with PREMIUM TIMES under anonymity because the NCDC does not comment on individual cases unless otherwise determined by its top management.