Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has tested negative to COVID-19, it emerged on Sunday, August 9.
Special Assistant to Obasanjo on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
He revealed that his boss took the test on Friday, August 7, 2020, at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Pent House residence, Okemosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
The samples of the test, conducted by one Dr. Olukunle Oluwasemowo of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory 54gene, Lagos, Nigeria, was returned negative on Saturday.
The laboratory is one of the accredited laboratories approved by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to conduct the crucial Covid-19 test on both asymptomatic and symptomatic Nigerians.
This comes weeks after Obasanjo revealed that he was forced to adjust his three-day 83rd birthday celebration plans over fear of contacting COVID-19.
His birthday celebration which was initially scheduled to hold for three days was compressed into one day.
Explaining the adjustment, Obasanjo stated;
When we were thinking of this celebration, two programmes came to mind. One was to see what Asian countries have done to make their continent become what they have become, for instance, Malaysia, which was worse than us (Nigeria) when we got independence; South Korea which was below us and Vietnam which was plunged into series of wars. We would have spent two days to really consider how the Asians rose to greatness. And what lessons we could learn from them but because of Coronavirus, that programme was shelved. Some of them were not able to make it.