Atedo Peterside, chairman of the Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to the Anap Foundation.
He claimed that he tested positive despite having been twice immunized and receiving a booster dose. He said
The founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, on the other hand, claimed he was asymptomatic of the disease.
He claimed that the positive test result vindicated his decision to cancel physical events in which he had been scheduled to participate, including one at the White House, because of his health.
“There was an outbreak of COVID in my house as the weekend approached, and I told myself that I had to do the right thing.” Peterside added in a statement: ”
As soon as I realized I had been exposed, I immediately went into self-isolation and began canceling all physical engagements that I had committed to attending over the course of the next few days.
A Future Leaders Network event scheduled for Saturday morning in Ikoyi, where I was to be the Keynote Speaker, became one of the first casualties.
In response, I got in touch with them and offered to give my Keynote Address virtually instead.
This engagement was facilitated by Dr Tony Rapu (a medical doctor who also happens to be a pastor).
“It was he who put pressure on me to agree to be the Keynote Speaker at this event, which was organized by a group of extremely responsible young men,” I recall.
Following my decision to withdraw from the physical participation, Tony even convened an emergency conference call between the young leaders, himself, and myself to help ‘pacify’ them.
“They made the decision to postpone their event due to my physical absence; they felt it was too late in the day to arrange for my virtual participation in place of my physical participation.”
In my conversations with everyone, I maintained that it would be reckless of me to begin traveling around Lagos attending physical functions at a time when there had been an outbreak of COVID in my home.
In my limited knowledge, I am familiar with the Omicron variant and am aware of how highly transmissible it is.”
“It was not the fact that I had no symptoms at all that was the problem. There was a possibility that I was in the incubation stage at the time.
“It would suffice to say that I canceled all physical engagements in Lagos, including weddings, business meetings, and other social gatherings,” I explained.
When I received a phone call, I accepted Mr. President’s invitation to travel to Aso Rock on Wednesday, where I would be participating in the launching of the new National Development Plan 2021-25 in my capacity as Co-Chairman (Private Sector) of the National Steering Committee that was established to produce the Plan.”
“In fact, my Co-Chairman (Public Sector), who is also the Finance Minister, called me as well.
Then I explained to her that I was fine and didn’t have any symptoms, but that the proper course of action (as dictated by NCDC protocols) was for me to continue to self-isolate.
“Regardless, my most recent COVID test had been performed on Monday morning by 54-Gene, and the results had not yet been released.
“The Finance Minister accepted my logic and said she would explain my absence for health reasons and based on a strict adherence to the NCDC safety protocols.
“We even discussed how long the incubation period could stretch.
“This morning (Tuesday) I woke up and saw an email that came in overnight containing my COVID test result from Monday (yesterday) morning and it was POSITIVE.
“I have chosen to tell this story so others can learn from it.
“If I did not steadfastly cancel all engagements since Friday morning, only God knows how I might have contributed to the spread of COVID in Nigeria simply by being irresponsible and disobedient.
“I still do not have any COVID symptoms, but in a sense my positive test result was both a relief and a lesson.
“To all those who felt I was being too strict to the point of being ridiculous, I stand vindicated.
“I am relieved because some people argued with my stance and felt I was simply overzealous. Now they know differently.
“Absent the possibility of using my plight to serve as a lesson to others, my final motivation for making this information public is to assist a small number of misguided individuals who still prefer to stigmatize COVID.”
“There is nothing to be ashamed about if you are the latest person to be caught by a pandemic.
“Finally, please get your head around this: I had taken two doses of the AstraZeneca Vaccine in early March and late May 2021 and I also took the Pfizer booster shot last week in Victoria Island and yet COVID still knocked on my door.
“I was well prepared in the sense of taking all the preventive measures which the Nigerian Government placed at my disposal.
“Perhaps the vaccines help to make me asymptomatic (so far)? Are you as well prepared as I was? If you are not, what do you intend to do about it?”
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