Former Kano state governor Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has written to President Muhammadu Buhari on the rising incidences of mysterious deaths in Kano state.
In the letter with the heading on Monday, ‘ COVID-19 and the rising incidences of mysterious deaths in Kano state: a call on the federal government for urgent action to save lives’, Kwankwaso alleges that the state has practically no Covid-19 response committee adding that, what was hitherto, working as a COVID-19 committee was a contraption of cronies that are both unqualified and incompetent and as such, they kowtow to the whims of politicians without any regards to professional healthcare considerations.
Kwankwaso stated that he felt obliged to write this letter to Mr President on the scary rise in the number of people that are mysteriously dying in Kano every day since the commencement of the fight against Covid-19 and the eventual lockdown of the state.
The letter also claimed that the committee technically disbanded itself when the majority of the members were tested positive for Covid-19.
It also added that, from the first recorded index case in Kano, the state government was in a tug of war with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the federal agency vested with the responsibility of coordinating the fight against the disease, stressing that this is very counter-productive to the people of the state and a serious impediment to the success of the nation in the fight against the disease.
Kwankwaso advised that the situation in the state should not be seen by Mr President as a state government matter that should be left to the state.
According to him, lives of tens of millions of Nigerians living in Kano state is at stake and as such the central government should be seen to be actively involved in caring for, and saving their lives. There is a need for empathy.
The former Kano State Governor advised that, the federal government should take over the responsibility of rapid response on coronavirus in the state, and that, the state government should be made to constitute a proper State Taskforce on COVID-19 with members selected based on their professionalism and competence.