How Governor Makinde “defeated” Coronavirus

Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor [PHOTO CREDIT: @seyiamakinde]

Governor Seyi Makinde was recently in the news as one of the few Nigerians who tested positive for Coronavirus. One week after, the governor has narrated how he recovered from COVID-19.

Speaking in a telephone interview during a programme on Fresh FM, Ibadan, on Monday evening, Mr Makinde said he used honey, Vitamin C and Blackseed Oil.

“My very good friend and brother, Dr Muyideen Olatunji is the one in charge of the Primary Healthcare for Oyo State. He came to me and said, look, I am going to send to you this blackseed oil, it boosts immunity. So I mixed it with honey and took one teaspoon in the morning and one in the evening.”

“So, there are local solutions to boost immunity. Our people should not fret. Just as I have been able to get the virus out of my system, so will it be for majority of our people,”.

“I have lost a little bit of weight which I think is good. When you are in isolation, the tendency is just to watch television and eat, I was eating amala. But I was also using the treadmill. It has also been a period to reflect and look at the programmes, policies and the things we want to do for the people of Oyo state and also reflect on how the COVID-19 is going to affect us socially and economically,” he said.

Mr Makinde also said he will make sure that no citizen of the state dies from contracting the virus.

Speaking on the restriction of movement in Oyo State, he said: “We have been very deliberate in not directing a total lockdown until palliatives are in place. A major challenge for us is the fact that we need to cut out the middlemen, and we also have to ensure that those who actually need the palliatives are those who get the palliatives”.

It should be noted that the governors of Bauchi and Kaduna, Bala Mohammed and Nasir El-Rufai respectively were both announced to have tested positive for the coronavirus but there’s been no updates on their states of health.

Speaking to a specialist virologist, we were informed that the situation with the Oyo state governor might be a case of people who test positive but never experience the symptoms of the disease. These people are generally referred to as carriers and can transmit to others even though they don’t visibly exhibit any symptoms.


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