The chief of staff of the Nigerian president has tested positive for the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, as source informed as reported by Reuters. Abba Kyari, who is in his 70s brings the disease inside the immediate circle of the 77-year-old president Muhammadu Buhari.

The chief of the staff has a history of medical complications, which include diabetes and he is the gatekeeper to the president. Many of the people who is wishing to deal with Buhari must go through Kyari, that include Nigeria's top politicians and businessmen.

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A thermal screening being carried out on the passengers arriving from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, at the IGI airport in New Delhi on Feb 2, 2020. National carrier Air India's second special flight to Wuhan, landed at the IGI airport here on Sunday with 323 Indian and seven Maldivian citizens onboard. (Photo: IANS) IANS

He traveled to Germany in early March with a delegation of other Nigerian officials for meetings with Siemens AG. It is unclear if he self-isolated upon his return to Nigeria. A presidency spokesman did not comment on whether Buhari has been tested. The president himself has undisclosed medical ailments, and spent five months in London for treatments in 2017.

(With agency inputs)