By Andrew Ikehi
Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, has expressed appreciation to God for delivering him from the crutches of the dreaded and deadly Covid-19.
The Speaker, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Dennis Otu, also expressed gratitude to the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, his family and indeed, Deltans for their support and prayers during his travail.
While saying that Covid -19 is real, the Speaker who is also, the Deputy Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislators in Nigeria, advised Nigerians not to joke with the pandemic, but adhere strictly to all precautionary measures.
Narrating his experience, Oborevwori who said he has been down with the pandemic, however, noted that he has bounced back on his feet, and currently hale and hearty.
He said, “Weeks ago, I experienced overt Covid-19 related symptoms and promptly self isolated before opting for Covid-19 test.
“The test result came out positive and medical officials began treatment. After some weeks and days of treatment, subsequent tests were ran on me. I Am grateful to God to announce that the last results came out negative.
“As it is, the symptoms are gone and I am now hale and hearty. I want to specially thank God Almighty for restoring my health through the medical personel who are doing a great job”, he said.
Further, he said, “I also want to salute His Excellency the Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the first family and Deltans for their prayers, support and the unflinching demonstration of love to me in this trying time. Thank you all”.
In the statement, the Speaker used the opportunity to reaffirm that Covid 19 is real, saying that; I am a living testimony. I advise Deltans and all residents in the state to diligently observe the prescribed protocols by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); the Presidential Taskforce on Covid 19 and the state guidelines”.
“Avoid mass gatherings as much as possible; wash your hands regularly with soap and running water; wear face mask in public and keep social distancing. Once again, I emphasise that Covid 19 is real. Don’t joke about it please. Thank you all and God bless you. Stay safe”.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, Rt Hon Abubakar Suleiman, has felicitated with the Deputy Chairman of the Conference and Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori for surviving Covid-19.
He wrote in a message to his Colleagues entitled ” Mixture of Sorrow and Joy” that; ” We wish to sadly inform Rt Hon Speakers that the Deputy Chairman of the Conference and Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly; Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori has been down with Covid-19. He tested positive some weeks ago and went for admission in a hospital in the State”
“Accordingly, we are glad to announce that he has fully recovered from the Virus”, he added.