The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, has narrated his COVID-19 experience and expressed gratitude to God, the state governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the first family and Deltans for their support and prayers, saying COVID-19 is real and advised that people should not joke with it.
Narrating his experience in a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Dennis Otu, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, said he has been down with COVID-19, but now back on his feet, hale and hearty.
According to the Speaker: “Weeks ago, I experienced overt COVID-19 related symptoms and promptly self isolated before opting for COVID-19 test. The test result came out positive and medical officials began treatment. After some weeks and days of treatment, subsequent tests were run on me. Am grateful to God to announce that the last results came out NEGATIVE.
“As it is now, the symptoms are gone and I am now hale and hearty. I want to specially thank God Almighty for restoring my health through the medical personel who are doing a great job”, he said.
The Speaker added: “I also want to salute His Excellency the Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the first family and Deltans for their prayers, support and the unflinching demonstration of love to me in this trying time. Thank you all”.
Rt Hon Oborevwori used the opportunity to reaffirm that COVID-19 is real, saying that; I am a living testimony. I advise Deltans and all residents in the state to diligently observe the prescribed protocols by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and the state guidelines”.
He also said: “Avoid mass gatherings as much as possible; wash your hands regularly with soap and running water; wear face mask in public and keep social distancing. Once again, I emphasise that COVID-19 is real. Don’t joke about it please. Thank you all and God bless you. Stay safe”.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, Rt Hon Abubakar Suleiman, has felicitated with the Deputy Chairman of the Conference and Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori for surviving COVID-19.
He wrote in a message to his Colleagues entitled ” Mixture of Sorrow and Joy” that; ” We wish to sadly inform Rt Hon Speakers that the Deputy Chairman of the Conference and Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly; Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori has been down with COVID-19. He tested positive some weeks ago and went for admission in a hospital in the state”.
“Accordingly, we are glad to announce that he has fully recovered from the virus”, he added