Naija News recalls that Kwankwaso, a former Kano State Governor, had in an open letter alleged that COVID-19 and not malaria was killing people in the northern state.
“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 eight 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,” Kwankwaso wrote.
Reacting in a statement on Wednesday President Buhari spokesperson, Garba Shehu, 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.
He said: “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.”