The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has cancelled invitations to the wedding of his son, Hamisu Tukur Buratai scheduled for Friday, December 11.
He also cancelled the remaining activities at the ongoing Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Abuja after some top army officers attending the conference contracted COVID-19.
DGN reported that one of the participants at the conference and General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 6 Division, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Johnson Olu Irefin died of COVID-19-related complications on Thursday.
Acting Army spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa disclosed the cancellations in a Thursday statement; Hamisu’s wedding is scheduled for Friday, December 11.
He said that all the participants should self-isolate in line with COVID-19 protocols.
“This is to inform your excellencies, your royal highnesses, distinguished senators, honourable members, respected elders, friends, brothers, sisters and other invited guests 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, December 8, 2020, where an officer participating in the ongoing Chief of Army Staff’s annual conference 2020 here in Abuja tested positive to COVID-19, it resulted in the cancellation of the remaining activities of the conference.
“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.
“Consequently, the Chief of Army Staff wishes to inform all dignitaries and other guests that activities earlier scheduled for the wedding of his son, Hamisu Tukur Buratai, will proceed as arranged albeit pruned down without the participation of all those who were at the conference.
“The Chief of Army Staff, on behalf of his family, feels honoured to appreciate, thank and welcome all dignitaries sincerely and invited guests to his son’s wedding Fatiha slated for Friday. However, due to the resurgence of the pandemic in the FCT, General Buratai will be unable to personally attend to, receive or meet you at the event. All inconveniences hereby regretted please,” the statement read.