Mohammed Abubakar, the son of a former Nigerian Vice-President Atiku Abubakar said he never thought he would be one of those infected by Coronavirus.
In March, Atiku announced via Twitter that his son had tested positive for the COVID-19 after he returned from Switzerland.
Speaking on Monday after 40 days in the hospital, Mohammed said his experience made him humble.
He said, “I, Mohammed Atiku Abubakar, wish to inform Nigerians that I have finally been cleared and discharged after 40 days of coronavirus (Covid19) treatment.”
“My discharge could not have come at a better time than in the Ramadan, a season marked by sacrifice and supplication to the Almighty Allah.
“I thank the Almighty Allah for my recovery from the dreaded infection and also wish to express my sincerest and deepest appreciation to Nigerians for their prayers and goodwill while I was being treated.
“In the course of life, we have no idea what will happen to us because only the Almighty God knows our future. When the coronavirus first broke out in faraway China, I had no idea that I might be one of those to be infected. This is one of the everlasting lessons I can’t forget for the rest of my life. Indeed, I have been humbled by this experience.”.
He commended the Federal Ministry of Health and health workers for the sacrifice they had to make during this outbreak.
The ex-vice President’s son said the outbreak revealed the weakness of the Nigeria health sector as it brought the poor and the influential to ground level.
“The coronavirus has caught the world off guard and sent us reeling for solutions. It also reveals the weaknesses of our health systems in the developing world. It’s an eye-opening experience for Nigeria and other developing nations,” he said.
“Thanks to coronavirus outbreak, we are now coming to terms with the necessity of adequate funding of our healthcare system. This disease has brought the rich, the poor and the powerful to a common level. This is the time our policymakers should reset our national priorities and give our health system adequate attention. No investment in our health sector is too much.
“No less important, our policymakers should also adequately fund research in vaccines and other drugs because of the uncertainties and challenges like the coronavirus. Once again, thank you for your support and prayers, may Allah show up for you at your appointed time of need.”
Nigeria currently has 1337 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, lost 40 to complications and discharged 255.