Monday, 4 August 2014


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United States President Barack Obama on Friday stated that the US did not wish to take risks from the deadly Ebola virus and that some participants at an Africa summit taking place in Washington will be screened for exposure, the Reuters reports.

Obama said, “We are taking the appropriate precautions. Folks who are from these countries that have even a marginal risk, or an infinitesimal risk of having been exposed in some fashion, we’re making sure we’re doing screening”.

But controversy is now trailing Obama’s directive on participants coming to Washington for the US summit as the directive was said to have caused disquiet in certain quarters over the propriety of the screening of the high profile participants.

US Summit: Jonathan’s entourage not screened for Ebola virus – Presidency

But the development has prompted The Presidency to deny media report alleging that those on President Goodluck Jonathan’s entourage were tested and screened for Ebola virus on arrival in the

US where he is attending a three-day US-Africa Leaders Summit.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, who refuted the said report in his twitter handle yesterday, described the report as the handiwork of mischief makers.

He said the advance team of the president, with lower cadre of officials including journalists, that travelled earlier were not even screened contrary to the media report in one of the national dailies.

Meanwhile, Jonathan yesterday arrived in the US for the Africa-US Summit accompanied by aides.

He was received in Washington DC by US officials a few minutes before 2pm Nigerian time. He is expected back in the country on Wednesday.

Jonathan is listed amongst three out of over forty heads of states convening in Washington DC that will with meet US Vice President Biden for bilateral talks.

Jonathan is to join Obama and about 50 other participating African leaders for discussions that are expected to lead to greater progress in key areas such as expanding trade and investment ties, promoting inclusive sustainable development and expanding cooperation on peace and security.

The Summit which, according to a statement by Abati, is the first of its kind between an American President and African heads of state and government, is expected to greatly strengthen ties between the United States, Nigeria and other African countries. Leadership

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