*Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State
As a proactive way of insulating the people of Kano State from the rapid spread effect the Coronavirus (COVID-19) had in Lagos State, the Kano State governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje has ordered a total lockdown of the state. Lagos, Ogun State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja are also lockdown following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari. A few other state such as Rivers, Delta, Anambra, Enugu and a host of others have also shut down all activities that promote human interaction.
Ganduje made the declaration when it was reported that the state has recorded another fresh case on Tuesday April 14, 2020. With the new case, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Kano has increased to four. According to the governor, “The blood samples of two people, who recently came in from Turkey, tested positive to Coronavirus. If such people were allowed to roam the streets of the metropolis, they will affect more people,” he said.
Furthermore, he said, “From Thursday, April 16, 2020, no going to Jumat mosque as all Muslims are mandated to pray in their homes. All markets would be shut as well as all marriage ceremonies.’ The lockdown would be total. I, therefore, appeal to all the good people of Kano to cooperate with the lockdown directive as it is for their own good.”
Ganduje said the stringent measure will check the spread of COVID-19 in the state, adding that the government had no alternative but to adopt the measure “to protect the lives our people.” Again, he said, “Anybody, who is conscious of having the virus, should go to the hospital, where he or she would be referred to the isolation centre.”