By Our Reporter
Anambra government on Thursday dismissed speculative reports making rounds in the social media that top state officials including Governor Willie Obiano and his wife, Ebelechukwu had contracted the deadly coronavirus.
Dismissing the report as mischievous and cheap blackmail, the commissioner of Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C-Don Adinuba told Orient Weekend via telephone call that he and some of those top government officials alleged to have placed on isolation and treatment just rounded off a crucial executive meeting at government house. “We just finished meeting with the governor, Chief Willie Obiano and other principal officers”, he said.
Adinuba wondered how people should pay attention to such unintelligible write up that does not make sense even after the state governor had already made public announcement on the latest developments on COVID-19. “The governor just made a broadcast two days ago, and people are saying he’s on isolation. It showed how terrible this people are. Look at the English the writer used. He’s an absolutely unintelligent fellow.
Orient Weekend gathered that an online source reported that government officials were allegedly infected with COVID-19 through the wife of the Chief of Staff to the governor, who recently returned from the United States.Those infected by the disease, according to the report, are the state governor, his wife, Ebelechukwu, and other top government officials.
Earlier, a media aide to the Chief of Staff of the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Primus Odili, also debunked the rumour. A governor’s aide had recently told our correspondent on condition of anonymity that Obiano had since the second wave of the pandemic shunned public functions.
Part of the statement by the media aide read in part, “This is certainly the season of trash and cheap blackmail against perceived opponents, with the majority of them not worthy of any response.
“However, the recent viral post that there has been a coronavirus scare in the government house is not only infantile but the height of mischief, obviously driven by envy and jealousy.
“For the records, there’s no such scare in government house; least of all, it’s being triggered by the wife of the COS. The Governor is 100% fine and going about his administrative duties diligently while observing the world recommended wearing of face mask, sanitizing and social distancing.
“The post is, therefore, part of the evil machinations of those, who, for reasons best known to them, are envious and jealous of the young man, Primus, his track records and his wife, whose only offense is that she visits her husband from time to time from America.
“Primus and wife are hale and hearty. The wife is safely back in the United States and doing her work, while our governor is safely doing his work here.The field is open and wide enough for anyone to play his game without overlapping into another’s part of the pitch.
“The recent viral post, though infantile, is nevertheless in bad faith; thus this response.The people are wiser and know when something is done to spite others. This latest kite, like others before it, will simply not fly.
“Rather than spite those who work hard and legitimately to attain their current positions, those behind such attacks should equally work hard to succeed in life. You don’t grow by pulling others down.”