The Nigerian military has confirmed that 26 of its senior officers have contacted coronavirus.
A statement from the army’s director of communications, Colonel Sagir Musa, said tests showed they were infected.
But other reports indicate that among them is 18 generals.
The statement added that one of them, Major General JO Irefin who is the commander of the 6th Battalion in Fatalwal, announced that he was suffering from fever and cough on the day of the launch of the anti-cybercrime unit of the army. , which was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari on video on December 7, 2020.
He was then taken to the Nigerian Army Hospital in Port Harcourt, and later on Wednesday, December 8, his sample was taken for a corona test.
On the same day, he was taken to the Gwagwalada Outbreaks Center in the capital, Abuja.
The statement added that after the general’s results revealed that he was suffering from coronary heart disease, the Chief of Army Staff ordered the adjournment of the meeting, and all participants to withdraw, in accordance with Nigerian law. of coronary heart disease.
She added that 417 senior military officers had been tested so far, and that 26 of them had contracted coronary heart disease, including 18 generals.
Could this affect the fight against security concerns?
This comes at a time when Nigeria is facing a security crisis, ranging from Boko Haram attacks in the north-east and kidnappings in the north-west.
The Nigerian military is at the forefront of all of these challenges, but as is well known travel is not possible without leadership.
According to a Nigerian security expert, Major Bashi Shuaibu Galma, “There is nothing to worry about, because like other ministries, there are assistants who can continue to carry out their duties.
“There are generals who, even if they are not up to the task, can continue to lead, to fill the gaps that this can create,” he said.
But Dr Kabiru Adamu, a Nigerian security expert, also looked at the issue from a different angle, saying that there was negligence on the part of the military leadership in organizing the meeting which led to the spread of the disease.
“There are anti-corrosion regulations in place that were obviously violated during the conference,” he said.