Buratai bars conference participants from son’s wedding

Tukur Buratai

Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai has cancelled the ongoing 2020 Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference after a participant tested positive for COVID-19.

He announced this in a statement on Thursday by the acting spokesman of the army Sagir Musa.

According to the statement, the participant tested positive on Tuesday.

He also said that all the participants had been mandated to immediately proceed on self-isolation.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to inform members of the public that due to resurgence of COVID 19 Pandemic in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja in what appears to be a second wave of infection cycle and the unfortunate incident on Tuesday 8 December 2020, where an officer participating in the ongoing Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 here in Abuja tested positive to COVID 19, the remaining activities of the conference have therefore been immediately cancelled.

“All the participants have been mandated to immediately proceed on self-isolation in line with the Federal Government’s protocol for COVID 19 and to prevent any further spread of the disease,” the statement read.

In another statement, Buratai barred participants at the conference from attending the wedding of his son Hamisu Buratai scheduled for Friday.

“The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai wishes to inform all dignitaries and other invited guests that activities earlier scheduled for the wedding of his son Mr Hamisu Tukur Buratai will proceed as arranged albeit pruned down without the participation of all those who were at the conference,” the statement read.