Buhari sends COVID-19 team to Kano, as five more prominent people die

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sent a team to Kano State as part of efforts to contain COVID-19 cases in the state.

The team met with state Governor, Dr  Abdullahi Ganduje, on the directive of Buhari.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor, Abba Anwar, in a statement, said the team which Dr  Sani Gwarzo led; and that they met with Ganduje at the Africa House, Government House, Kano.

Besides Gwarzo, others in the committee are a former Director General of the NCDC, Prof Abdussalam Nasidi; and the  Head of the Department of Health Services at the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Bimpe Adebiyi.

According to the statement by Anwar,  Gwarzo said the team members were in Kano; to find out what the state needed to contain  COVID-19.

He added, “President Buhari directed us to do everything possible to support; reinforce and mobilise support even beyond the nation.

“Your Excellency in the special committee sent to Kano to work with the state government; are experts in public health and other areas.

“In the special committee there are people like Prof Abdussalam Nasidi; the pioneer Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, who is a professor of infectious diseases.

“There is also Dr Bimpe Adebiyi, who heads the Department of Health Services; at the Federal Ministry of Health.”

In his remarks, Ganduje thanked Buhari for coming to the aid of the state . He restated his earlier call for more testing centres in the state; saying, “a testing centre is the nucleus of the fight against COVID-19.”

Nasidi, on his part, said the team was in Kano;  to reinforce already existing structures in the state.

In a related development, the unusual deaths; especially among the elite; and prominent people in Kano, continued on Tuesday.

Those  who died included, Alhaji Uba Adamu,  the father of the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University; Prof Abdullah Adamu. He died in the early hours of Tuesday.

Also, a spiritual leader of the Murtala Mohammed Central Mosque in Kano; Sheik Tijjani Yola, has also died.

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A family source told newsmen in Kano on Tuesday; that the renowned cleric died in the early hours of the day.

The source said, “He passed away at his residence in the Gwale area in Kano; in the early hours of today and was laid to rest around 9am.”

According to the source, the death of Sheik Yola has left a big vacuum; as he was managing one of the largest mosques in the city.

A former Speaker of the Jigawa state House of Assembly, Adamu Sarawa; died on Monday of  undisclosed ailment.

Also, a former chairperson of the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, Kano State chapter;  Hajiya Halima Shittu,  also lost her life.


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