By Augustine Akhilomen
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has questioned the poor handling of the mysterious deaths ravaging Kano State by Governor Umar Ganduje.
Recall that no fewer than 640 citizens had reportedly died under mysterious circumstances in the last one week.
In a letter issued on Sunday to the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the human rights activist urged the Federal Government to look into the cause of the mysterious deaths in the state before it gets out of hand.
He also issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Kano State Government to proffer quick solutions to the health problems within the state.
He requested for the certified true copy of the report of the joint investigation by the Federal and Kano State Ministries of Health into the strange deaths in the state.
“During a press briefing held at Abuja a week ago, you announced that the Federal Ministry of Health, the Kano State Chief Epidemiologist, Officials of the Kano Public Health Department and those of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had commenced an investigation into the strange deaths and mass burials currently going on in Kano State.
“We are disturbed by the burials which have since continued without any official information on the cause of the strange deaths.
“The people of Kano State and Nigerians, in general, are worried over the worsening health crisis as it may spread to other parts of Kano State not yet affected as well as other parts of the country if not urgently addressed. But since the Kano State Government is completely overwhelmed, we hereby, call on the Federal Government to take over the management of the crisis without any further delay.
“The report should include the nature and cause of the deaths, the number of casualties and patients currently undergoing treatment in hospitals as well as an outline of the measures being put in place by the Federal Government to stop the strange deaths involving mass burials.
“If you fail to accede to our request, we shall not hesitate to invoke the relevant provisions of the law to compel official disclosure of the findings of the joint team constituted to investigate the cause of the strange deaths and mass burials in Kano State,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Kano State Government and the Federal Government to thoroughly investigate the mysterious deaths that have befallen the state.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party explained that its call was predicated on conflicting reports emanating from Kano State on the cause of the sudden deaths particularly at a time when the country is battling the spread of COVID-19.
The statement reads: “Our party holds that the situation in Kano demands an immediate Presidential visit and investigation at a very high level. Those dying in Kano are Nigerians and must not be abandoned. The development deserves utmost Presidential attention to avoid further escalation.”
“This is particularly imperative as it is evident that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his APC-led administration in Kano State are totally incompetent and have become overwhelmed after failing to take appropriate measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus or whatever medical situation that has taken over the state.
“When Ganduje, who is being dogged by allegations of corruption, was expected to ensure compliance to preventive measures, he rather chose to abandon governance and spent executive time pursuing controversial extraneous issues that have no direct benefits on the lives of the people.
“It is even more ludicrous that Governor Ganduje chose to politicize the health issues in his state by resorting to unnecessary denials and pecuniary concerns.
“Such an anti-people approach to governance is always symptomatic of leadership that did not emanate from the mandate of the people.”