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Mass Deaths: Kwankwaso petitions Buhari, accuses state COVID-19 committee

KANO, Nigeria – Former Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has accused the State committee on COVID-19 of being incompetent and partial, adding that they are ‘a contraption of unqualified cronies”.

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Kwankaso’s accusations are coming on the heels of the recent mysterious death of residents of Kano State.

The former governor noted that the possible cause of deaths in the State could be coronavirus as senior citizens with preexisting health conditions were the main fatalities of the novel coronavirus across the world.

He, however, in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, titled: “COVID-19 and the rising incidences of mysterious deaths in Kano urged the federal government to take over the responsibility of rapid response on COVID-19 in the state.

He asked that an independent Federal Government team of experts be mandated to investigate the rise in cases of death in the elderly across the State.

The former governor also appealed to the federal government to investigate the mysterious deaths in the state.

Part of the letter reads, “The uncoordinated and unprofessional manner in which the fight against the disease in Kano State is being waged and the attendant and unprecedented mistrust of the government by the governed; there is the near absence of cooperation and coordination between the state and the federal government on the COVID-19 response.

“At present, and to all intent and purposes, the state has practically no COVID-19 response committee. What was hitherto, working as a COVID-19 committee was a contraption of cronies that are both unqualified and incompetent.

“As such, they kowtow to the whims of politicians without any regards to professional healthcare considerations. The committee technically disbanded itself when a majority of its members tested positive for COVID-19.

He also stated that the stoppage of tests in the state was very frightening as neither asymptomatic nor active cases are being identified and isolated adding that the lack of trust jeopardizes the battle against coronavirus.

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