Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano state, says even though he does not want to politicise matters relating to the raging coronavirus pandemic, it has become necessary to caution some of his colleagues governors from the North over their statements and actions in the past few weeks.
While observing his regular media briefing on coronavirus also known as COVID 19, Ganduje said some of the Almajirai that were brought from other states to Kano State were confirmed positive of the virus and that, the same way some of them that were taken from Kano to other states were confirmed positive.
He said the only difference is that Kano State is not playing politics out of it and therefore did not come out to say that the children bought from Bauchi, brought from Plateau or brought from other states have tested positive.
According to him, it would serve no purpose, except to create unnecessary controversy and bad blood to be announcing the status of the Amajirai brought to Kano or from Kano to other states as some of his colleagues are doing, adding that what is important was that they had been returned home and were taken to isolation facilities for medical attention.
“Certainly, what they need is not publicity. What they need is attention because the infection had already taken place. So there is nothing we can do about that,” he said and stressed that it was not the transportation of the Almajirai that infected them with Coronavirus.
“The Almajirai were already infected from the origin where they came from. Whether you transport them from another state or you leave them within your state, they are still infected.
“Probably, if not because of efforts to transport to other states, you wouldn’t even know that they were positive cases,” he said, as according to him, Kano State had the largest number of Almajirai coming from all parts of the north and beyond.
“Here in Kano we make sure that Almajirai system cannot continue as it was in the past. Those Almajirai from Kano State we are ready to put them in the boarding schools so that they can benefit from the conventional system of education and a deeper Islamic education,” he stated.