- A Twitter user has claimed that a game of numbers is played every evening NCDC releases COVID-19 update
- Identified as Jibrin Ibrahim, he insinuated that some state governors are not being truthful and are sending less COVID-19 samples to NCDC
- In response, the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai said he is partly right
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has reacted to claims that some state governors are reducing the number of COVID-19 samples sent to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The governor said such claim might be "partly right".
The governor was responding to a tweet by one Jibrin Ibrahim who picked holes in the COVID-19 numbers released by NCDC every evening.
Ibrahim insinuated that state governors might be reducing the number of samples sent to NCDC so they can record low numbers and hasten return to normal activities.
“Numbers Game Every evening NCDC releases #COVID19 numbers, what do they mean? Samples are sent to labs by task forces controlled by State Governors. The labs can only test what they are given. He who controls the sample set controls the numbers. Governors want low numbers,” he tweeted.
To this, the Kaduna governor replied that not all states want ‘fake’ low numbers. According to him, FCT, Kaduna and Lagos states want right numbers of those infected and doing their best to trace contacts.
He tweeted: "You are partly right, sir. But not all states want ‘fake’ low numbers. FCT, Kaduna & Lagos States at least are actively tracing contacts because we want RIGHT numbers of those infected – to test, trace contacts & treat them. We want to save lives not have “unexplained deaths”!"
See the exchange between El-Rufai and Ibrahim below:
Another Twitter user said the numbers coming from the southeast states and many others are confusing. She said she only believes those of Lago, Kaduna and FCT.
Some Nigerians are not too happy with the governor's reply. Some are accusing him of playing politics.
Another Twitter user pointed out that bandits have killed more people than coronavirus.
With 335 cases, Kaduna sits 6th on the list of 35 states and the FCT affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is one of the states that has not lifted the ban on religious gatherings. The Kaduna state government recently announced that it has not reopened markets or places of worship.
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