Coronavirus: Melaye worried over damaging effect of pandemic in the north
- Former senator, Melaye, raises the alarm that coronavirus spread might wreak havoc in the core north
- Melaye said the governors of the core northern states have to be proactive to ensure that the pandemic does not have a free hand in the region
- The former House of Representatives member warned the state chief executives not to play politics with the coronavirus outbreak
A former federal lawmaker, Dino Melaye, has expressed serious concern over the damaging effect the current increasing spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country could have on the northern part of Nigeria.
Melaye, a former senator representing Kogi West in the erstwhile 8th senate under Bukola Saraki, said he worried that the situation might get out of hand in the core north.
Melaye is from Kogi state in north-central Nigeria.
North-central refers to a bunch of states in the middle belt that divide the northern part and the southern part of Nigeria.
The ex-senator, who is currently challenging his defeat to Senator Smart Adeyemi in the November 16 rerun at the elections petition tribunal, urged northern governors to be proactive.
He also warned them not to politicise the fight against the pandemic because COVID 19 is real and it is not a respecter of anybody.
Legit.ng notes that the coronavirus pandemic which recorded its index case in Nigeria in late February this year has been making in-road into some core northern states since the past week.
Adamawa recorded its first case days ago when a returnee from Kano state, tested positive for COVID-19.
Legit.ng also recorded how some other northern states reported first cases.
Meanwhile, increasing incidents of deaths in Kano state has raised concerns among Nigerians that the north may already have been seriously hit.
But the Kano state government said through its health ministry that this is not so.
On his own part, Kano governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje dismissed the report of mass deaths in Kano as a piece of rumour.
According to him, the figure of deaths collated from graveyards in the metropolis did not come close to the claims of the report.
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The governor disclosed this while speaking to a television station.
“Certainly, we saw it on the front page of Daily Trust, but I will like to assure you that that story was not true. It is a rumour,” he said.
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