The Presidency has advised all stakeholders to step up collective action to arrest the rapid surge in coronavirus cases in Kano and leave political and other differences aside.
In a statement today, April 29, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said: “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.”
Garba Shehu assured Kano people that President Buhari and his government are with them in this trying time, adding that he will not let them down.
“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.”
The presidency confirmed that there is up till now, there is a global shortage of personal protective equipment, virus testing kits and other medical devices required to fight the pandemic.
He said that in each and every country there are some cities and regions more severely affected than others, saying that in Nigeria, “there are currently verbal autopsies underway in Kano State to identify the precise cause of the sudden and rapid increase in mortality in recent days.
“While some may wish to believe that there are other causes at play here like hypertension, diabetes, meningitis, and acute malaria’, there are others who say it is COVID-19.
“We should be prepared to accept the medical and scientific result of the autopsies and work together to confront the common enemy.
“What we know all over the world is that communities with similar socioeconomic dynamics like Kano have found as very helpful, the sort of lockdown measures now imposed, with markets and other public places of worship shuttered more strictly.”