Ganduje asks FG to relax total lockdown in Kano
- Following the rising cases of coronavirus, President Buhari had in a nationwide broadcast on Monday, April 27, ordered a total lockdown on Kano
- Governor Ganduje has now called on the federal government to relax the lockdown in Kano state
- According to him, the people of the state are running out of food, especially in this Ramadan season
Abdullahi Ganduje, the Kano governor, is begging for the 14-day total lockdown imposed on the state by the federal government to be eased.
The governor made this appeal at the government house on Thursday, April 30, during the inauguration of a panel of experts to support the state task force technical committee, The Cable reports.
Ganduje said there is an urgent need for the lockdown to be eased for a while so as to reduce the hardship in the state, especially in the holy month of Ramadan.
“We would engage the presidential task force on COVID-19 to seek permission to relax the total lockdown imposed on Kano.
“We are making this appeal on behalf of our people who are presently running out of food items. We would love the federal government to relax the lockdown for a period of time to enable people stock their homes, especially now that majority of us are fasting. It will also ease the economic hardship in the state," he said.
Ganduje further disclosed that the government is expanding treatment centres for COVID-19.
This appeal by the Kano governor is coming days after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a total lockdown in Kano which took effect on Monday. The order followed the rise in COVID-19 cases and the strange deaths in the state.
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As at April 30, 2020, Kano has the second highest number of coronavirus cases after Lagos state. With the 80 cases confirmed on Thursday, Kano displaced the FCT from the second spot.
Legit.ng collected some of the insightful Twitter reactions by Nigerians to the COVID-19 situation in Kano.
Dipo Awojide said: "80 in Kano. Even if Buhari open up Lagos and Abuja, they should lock up Kano and keep the keys in Aso Rock for now. Because the stories from Kano is really shocking and disappointing. #COVID19"
"Kano now has the second highest number of active COVID-19 patients in Nigeria, less than three weeks after recording its index case," Adetutu Balogun tweeted.
Zaddy Ajala wrote: "We saw new 80 new cases coronavirus in Kano yesterday. Today, Ganduje asks FG to relax lockdown in Kano. I don't know if you I should cry or laugh, because something is definitely wrong."
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