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BREAKING: Presidential aide reveals when Buhari will take COVID-19 vaccine

- The presidency has confirmed when President Buhari will be vaccinated against COVID-19

- Bashir Ahmad, the president's aide on new media, said the Nigerian leader will take the vaccine at 11.30am at the new Banquet Hall

- Nigeria flagged off its COVID-19 vaccination on Friday, March 5, at the National Hospital in Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari will take the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at 11.30am on Saturday, March 6, Legit.ng has confirmed.

This was disclosed by the president's personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad, via a tweet from his verified Twitter handle.

President Buhari to take COVID-19 vaccine at 11.30am on Saturday

President Buhari will take COVID-19 vaccine at 11.30am on Saturday, March 6. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
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Further details provided by Ahmad indicate that the Nigerian leader will be vaccinated at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government flagged-off the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination exercise at the National Hospital, Abuja on Friday, March 5.

The exercise officially commenced after the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, officially declared the event open.

The vaccine had already undergone a final assessment by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Meanwhile, Dr Ngong Cyprian of the National Hospital, Abuja, has become the first person and first healthcare worker to be given a COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria.

He received the jab during the launching ceremony of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise on Friday, March 5, at the National Hospital, Abuja.

Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) administered the vaccine to Dr. Cyprian.

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In another related report, Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has said he won’t receive the COVID-19 vaccine because he does not need it.

The governor made the statement when he spoke on Channels Television's Politics Today’ programme.

He argued that he does not have any medical condition that requires him to take the vaccine.


Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_

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