He revealed this in a video he shared on the official Twitter page for the Governor of Kaduna.
“Earlier this week, I submitted a sample for the Covid-19 test,” El-Rufai said in a video shared on Twitter on Saturday, 28 March.
“The result came in this evening, and I regret to say that it is positive.”
He added that he is already in self-isolation as prescribed by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC). His deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe will continue to be in charge of controlling the spread of the virus in Kaduna state.
“I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced,” El-Rufai said in the Twitter post.
Malam Nasir @elrufai appeals to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced.
It is most important that everybody should do their utmost to stay safe, stay home and stay alive.
— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) March 28, 2020
El-Rufai is the second Nigerian Governor to test positive for the Coronavirus after Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State tested positive after coming in contact with Atiku Abubakar’s son, who also tested positive.
So far, over 520 thousand people worldwide have been confirmed to have the virus. More than 20 thousand have been recorded worldwide as a result of the virus.
In Nigeria, there are 97 cases of the Coronavirus, as confirmed by NCDC at the time of this writing. Three people have been discharged while one person has died due to the virus.
Nigerians are still urged to remain calm and practice safety measures.