By Douglas Mojaye
The senator representing Delta South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator James Manager, is not under any form of quarantine for the novel COVID-19 pandemic, NIGER DELTA TODAY Online can authoritatively report.
There had been social media reports claiming that Manager was suspected to be nursing symptoms of the Coronavirus and thus was allegedly placed on quarantine.
Our checks revealed that the report was entirely false and lacks any iota of truth.
Manager is not sick nor nursing any form of symptom believed to be related to COVID-19 as at on Monday when a team of editorial staff visited him.
The senator, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Gas, personally received a team of editors of NIGER DELTA TODAY Online at his Warri residence on Monday.
The team met the 59-year-old senator full of health and personally supervising few activities at his home.
“Do I look like someone who is sick or quarantine?”, Manager asked our visiting team in laughter.
According to him, the reports on social media are completely false because “I’m well. I don’t remember when last I got sick.”
Manager also denied having contact with anyone who had been tested positive for disease.
“As you know, I am the Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas, and when the committee was to visit London for a conference I declined because of the outbreak of the virus and I was being careful especially when the rate was getting higher”, Manager told the visiting team.
He explained that those behind the fake social media reports were only playing politics with the development.
He stated that he and his family had been observing World Health Organisation’s rules including social distancing to curtail the spread of the dreaded virus.
“Those people saying I am down with the virus are playing politics with it because I was in Bayelsa for the PDP congress where I met with Gov. Douye Diri who had already tested negative for COVID-19.
“After the congress I returned to Warri even when I had the option of returning to Abuja. I have been here since then. You are seeing me now, do I look sick? If I’m sick will I be here , will I look like this healthy?”, he added.
No senator including those who attended the London’s conference on oil and gas had tested positive the virus since its outbreak in Nigeria.