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COVID-19: Group Berates Kano Elders Over Attacks On Ganduje


A Non-Governmental Organization, End COVID-19 Now (ECN) has berated Kano Elders led by former Presidential flag-bearer of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), Alhaji Bashir Tofa over their​uncomplimentary statement​ against Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s concerted efforts in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The Group National Coordinator, Comrade Ibrahim Sani in Statement made available to journalists in Kano on Sunday expressed shock that a group of Kano Elders can descend as low as playing politics with the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in Kano.

The statement said, “the futile attempts by a group of people who described themselves as ‘Kano Against COVID-19’, to rubbish the efforts of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Kano is not only condemnable but inimical to integrity and sensibility of the Kano people.

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The group while making reference to a story by Saturday Sun entitled “Kano Elders Blame Ganduje For Poor Handling Of COVID-19 Pandemic,” urged the good people of Kano state to disregard in its totality, what they described as,​ “conflicting, disjointed​ and unprofessional report designed to pitch Ganduje against the people.”

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It said that the statement credited to the  Kano Elders was a grievous effort to abuse the minds of Kano residents over the reality and existence of the novel Corona Virus which has wreaked havoc across the globe.

According to the Statement, “the story was maliciously crafted by the reporter and his sponsors to not only attack the person of Dr. Ganduje, but also to mock the good people of Kano State in this trying times of pains and melancholy.

“More worrisome is the names of alleged signatories to the baseless story which involved Alhaji Bashir Tofa, Mr. A.B. Mahmiud, Prof. Auwalu Hamisu Yadudu, Prof. Jubrin Ibrahim and Mrs. Maryam Uwais.

“In as much as the afore mentioned prominent citizens of the state are entitled to their opinion on delicate issues such as the fight against the dreaded COVID-19 in Kano, it is, indeed, unbelievable that people of such calibre who are supposed to use their resources and professionalism to eradicate the deadly pandemic from our dear state, have become agents of blackmail who crusade that Corona Virus does not even exist!”

Sani maintained that “those who have been following the response of Kano state government to the outbreak of the pandemic will attest to the fact that Governor Ganduje has even put his life on the line to ensure that residents of Kano are protected and well informed on the whims and​ caprices of the deadly disease.

“Few days ago, Governor Ganduje personally donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) not only to government-owned hospitals but to private clinics across the state.

“The state COVID-19 Task Force headed by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, has been working round the clock to ensure that suspected cases are tested and quarantined.”

According to him, “more so, the state COVID-19 Fund Raising Committee headed by the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero Umbiersiy Kano (BUK), Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello, has reached out to hundreds of thousands of the poorest of poor with palliatives.

“The state government has remained transparent, resolute and efficient in the dogged fight against Corona Virus.

“Indeed, a thorough analysis of the entire story lives no one in doubt that the reporter and his patrons were on a futile journey to undermine and blackmail the fight against the disease for cheap political goals, which the good people of our dear state wondering why they have elected to destroy efforts and legacies of our Governor and leader.

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