Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said that he consulted with clerics and other stakeholders before arriving at the decision to lock-down the state to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Chief press secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar, said in a press release that the recommendation to take the drastic action of locking down the state was presented to the governor by Kano State Task Force on COVID-19 sub-committee secretary, Dr Ibrahim Mai Bushira.
The governor was quoted on Tuesday to have said while giving the directive for lock-down that “From Thursday 16th April by 10pm Kano is locked down for the benefit of all in the state. All markets are closed and all public gatherings are banned. The lockdown is for 7 days. We then wait and see what will come up. We are hoping that Allah will see us through.”
Mai Bushira was also quoted by Anwar to have said on behalf of the larger group of Ulama that, “During our last meeting, the recommendations we gave earlier had nothing to do with closing of worship centres, because we didn’t have any case of COVID-19 then.
“So also, reasons for any closure were not enough, unlike this time around. And government accepted our stance then. But now, the situation is different. We have reasons for closure,” he was said to have said.
“Because of the emergence of this problem now, there are enough reasons on ground to suspend all public gatherings in the state. And this is in accordance with the teachings of Islam,” Mai Bushra was quoted to have said.
Anwar said Ganduje explained further that, “We are going to do all that we can within the seven days lockdown to trace all contracts of our first index case and the contacts of other two people who came back from a foreign nation.”
Anwar said the governor urged people for cooperation and understanding of the situation, adding that “The disease is real. We can see how big nations are struggling hard with the problem. Our first index case was in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and came back home. When he came back he visited some places that are now under our close surveillance. All the places are fumigated.”
Judicial Sketch however reported that a certain NSIA advanced diagnostic centre in the state which the first index case visited on Friday has not been fumigated because the centre refused to reveal the fact that it received him when he came for MRI scanning.