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Kano COVID-19 centre remains shut as strange deaths continue, PDP urges Buhari's visit and probe, 640 reported dead

Nigeria - Residents of Kano have continued to live in anxiety about the strange ailment killing many people, including prominent indigenes, in the city almost on a daily basis.


By the weekend, the strange disease had killed a professor of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, Murtala Balarabe Maikaba; Prof. Ibrahim Ayagi, owner of Hassan Gwarzo School; former Grand Khadi of Kano, Alhaji Dahiru Rabiu; and former Editor of Triumph, Mal Musa Tijjani.
Those who died in less than 48 hours were Alhaji Adamu Isyaku Dal, former Executive Secretary of SUBEB; Dr. Nasiru Maikano Bichi, Secretary, Student Affairs, Northwest University, Kano; and Prof. Aliyu Umar Dikko of Physiology Department, Bayero University, Kano, among others.
The Kano State government has ordered an investigation to ascertain whether or not the cause of the deaths is connected to the ravaging coronavirus.
Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for an investigation into the disturbing deaths in Kano, urging a presidential visit to the state “where no fewer than 640 citizens have reportedly died under mysterious circumstances in the last one week.”
The party said its call was predicated on conflicting reports emanating from Kano State on the cause of the sudden deaths particularly at a time that the nation was battling with the spread of COVID-19.
The PDP noted, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, “with dismay that the Muhammadu Buhari presidency has failed to take any concrete step on this frightening development, but is, as usual, waiting to be prodded to stand up to the demand of the office and proceed to Kano State to identify with the people, find a solution and contain the ugly situation.”
It described as “lamentable the fact that President Buhari, who promised to lead from the front, and who recently took up the toga of ECOWAS COVID-19 response champion, had rather receded into the safety of Aso Villa and failed to promptly activate any concrete and visible action to investigate and arrest the situation in Kano, where Nigerians are dying in their hundreds.”
According to the opposition party, “the situation is yet another manifestation of leadership failure and insensitivity of the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration to the plight of Nigerians at critical moments.”
PDP said that the situation in Kano demanded an immediate presidential visit and investigation at a very high level.
Those dying in Kano are Nigerians and must not be abandoned. The development deserves utmost presidential attention to avoid further escalation,” it said.
PDP said Buhari’s intervention was imperative as it became evident that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his APC-led administration in Kano State had become overwhelmed after failing to take appropriate measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus or whatever medical situation that has taken over the state.
“When Ganduje was expected to ensure compliance to preventive measures, he rather chose to abandon governance and spent executive time pursuing controversial extraneous issues that have no direct benefits on the lives of the people,” the statement added.


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