The Presidency, has on Thursday, responded to the former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, over his comments on the mysterious recent deaths and Covid-19 pandemic in Kano State.
It stated that this is no time to score cheap political points, but to unify common purpose, in order to preserve the lives and health of citizens.
Recall, that on Monday, Kwankwaso wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, alleging that Covid-19, and not malaria, is killing people in Kano State, thereby faulting the claim of the incumbent Governor of the State, Abdullahi Ganduje.
Part of the letter read: “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 8 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.”
Nonetheless, in a statement on Wednesday night, by Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the Presidency said that all parties must work together to defeat the coronavirus, regardless of the camp they belong to.
Shehu stated: “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.
“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.”
He added that the Federal Government is with the people of Kano State, and would not let them down.