The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has raised alarm over the rising cases of the coronavirus infection in Kano State which in the last few days had led to the shutting down of the test centre due to contamination and infection of some staff of the centre.
In a statement issued and made available to DAILY POST on Sunday in Abuja, the opposition political parties noted that the alleged report that the Commissioner of Health, the Permanent Secretary and
other functionaries of the Ministry of Health are also infected leaves the State without its first line of administrative defence as that line
had already been taken out by the virus.
It added that the heels of reports of strange deaths happening in the State and the lack of containment actions for about three to four days was rather worrisome.
The statement said: “Nigerians should also recall that the index case had concealed from doctors the true situations of his health, his travel history and other important
information including other reported reckless acts like visiting mosques for jumat prayers and attending other social functions.
“The CUPP therefore describes as shameful, insensitive and act of evil leadership the inability of the Federal Government and Kano State Government to identify the cause of ongoing mass deaths which have
claimed over 700 lives in less than 96hrs.
“This is undoubted proof and irrefutable evidence that we have jokers as leaders.
“Kano State government and the Federal Government have failed and shown that they
are incompetent and unfeeling about the unfortunate plight of the citizens.
“People are dropping dead and being buried in hundreds and a government says they are looking for the cause and trying to justify their incompetence over lives by throwing up statistics.
“Danger is ahead, infections and strange death with no answers are ravaging Kano. President Buhari should have mercy on Kano people!
“Governor Ganduje should have mercy on Kano people. Whatever Kano people have done wrong to both of them we plead on their behalf. Do not visit Kano with death. Find the cause of these deaths to avoid more viral
“One can steal gubernatorial or presidential mandate but u cannot steal the capacity to govern.
“Over a week after the FG and Kano government are still looking for the cause of death for something ordinary autopsy
would have revealed. What a shame!
“It is against these reports that we issue an emergency advisory to President Muhammadu Buhari to take the Kano situation as a National emergency and deploy all available arsenals to bring it under control.
“The Kano situation is obviously going to be the real test for Nigeria’s fight against the virus.
“Nigeria will be consumed if there are delayed
actions on Kano to cut the chain of spread.
“It is clear that due to cultural and religious practices, commercial nature of the town,
population, literacy level and the pervading poverty level among a huge chunk of the population and other competing factors, Kano is a high risk area to allow the virus to overwhelm.
“With the current trend, any delay
in tackling the Kano trend is a danger signal which must not be allowed to happen”, the statement concluded
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