In a veiled broadside, Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has hit hard on his counterpart, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State to stop noise making and politicizing issue of Almajirai evacuated from Kano to Kaduna who tested positive for COVID-19.
Governor Ganduje in the statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar and made available to newsmen in the state said what the children (Almajirai) need at that critical point was care giving instead of noise making and politicizing the issue.
In the last two weeks, El-Rufai has been in the vanguard of some governors who have announced how Almajiri kids repatriated from Kano to their states tested positive for COVID-19.
Ganduje said some of the Almajirai also evacuated to Kano State during the exercise, were COVID-19 positive but the fact that he did not make noise about it doesn’t mean that they were all healthy and without Covid-19 infection.
“We agreed at the Northern Governors Forum that all Almajiris moved to their states of origin. That is why we are sending, in good faith and procedures, all Almajiris that are not from Kano state to their respective states of origin.
“The exercise was not political and should not be politicized.
“The way we are sending back Almajiris to their states of origin, we are also receiving Almajiris from other states who are Kano indigenes. But the fact that we are not making noise about it does not mean they are all healthy without COVID-19 infections.
“Let’s make it categorically clear that, some of the Almajiris brought to Kano during the exercise, are also COVID-19 positive, but we are not making politics out of it. Because we all believe that what they need most now, is not noise making or publicity. What they need at this critical point in time is care giving.
“People should also understand that these children were not infected in the process of transporting them to their respective states. So noise making is not fit as a way forward. All we are doing is simply to comply with the Northern Governors’ Forum decision that all Almajiris in our states should be taken back to their respective states, simple,” the statement reads.
It would be recalled that Governor El-Rufai had said about 50 Almajirai or more evacuated to Kaduna state from Kano state had tested positive for COVID-19 and also Jigawa and Gombe states 16 and 8 respectively.