Kwankwaso Rabiu, former Kano State Governor has been slapped by The Presidency over comments on the “unusual deaths” and COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Divergent views trail the mysterious high death rates recorded in Kano in the last few days. Many are of the opinion that the people are dying of COVID-19 while some quarters said its the resultant effect of malaria. thus the death of the people of Kano.
The Presidency has rebuked the erstwhile Governor of Kano State Rabiu Kwankwaso, over comments on the unusual deaths and COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Presidency warned that this is not the time to score cheap political points with the sadden happening in the state but rather to come together and fight a common enemy irrespective of political affiliations. He further noted that the lives of the citizen and the people of Kano should be paramount to every stakeholder now. Noting that the time to fight the common enemy is now. COVID-19 or Malaria both are threats to the citizen’s health and these should be combatted.
On Monday The PUNCH that His Excellency Kwankwaso wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, alleging that COVID-19 was killing people in Kano and not malaria thereby faulting the claim of his political rival and the incumbent governor, His Excellency Abdullahi Ganduje.
Extract of the letter reads, “Permit me, Mr. President, to draw your attention to the spike in mystery deaths among the aged population in Kano State in the last couple of weeks. Hundreds of funerals have been recorded in all the cemeteries of the eight metropolitan local governments alone”.
“Looking at the pattern elsewhere in the world where senior citizens with preexisting conditions were the main fatalities of the novel coronavirus, we are concerned that the inability to conduct tests in the state to determine the status of these senior citizens might be responsible for their death.”
The President’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu in a statement made available on Wednesday said both parties must come together now than ever to fight the dreaded disease.
He said, the Presidency is with the people of Kano and emphasized with the people. This may be one of the reasons President Buhari had to put Kano on immediate 14days lockdown during the presidential address. This is one of the measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus in Kano. As on Thursday morning according to the state Health Ministry, Kano has recorded 139 coronavirus cases and five deaths.
“There is no time for energy wasted on political point-scoring, whether by current or former holders of office – or for any differences between state and federal administrations to be publicly aired. This is no time for talk. Our common purpose is to preserve the lives and health of citizens”.
“If there is reason to believe that the mortality rate in Kano due to COVID-19 is out of control, it will spell a serious development to which the best action would be for the Federal government and state government to work more tightly together to find solutions and implement together”, Shehu stated.