• This comes on the heels of Almajiris being declared coronavirus carriers
• Signs show that both Kano and Kaduna Governors are in some rivalry
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State on Sunday broke his silence and hit hard on his counterpart Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, telling him to stop noise making and politicising the issue of almajiri evacuated to the state who have tested positive for novel coronavirus.
Ganduje said some of the almajiris also evacuated to Kano State during the exercise were COVID-19-positive, but the fact that he did not make noise about it does not mean that they were all healthy and without Covid-19 infection.
Almajiris as coronavirus carriers
Recall that Governor El-Rufai had said about 50 almajiris or more evacuated to the state from Kano state had tested positive for COVID-19 with 16 and 18 also found in Jigawa and Gombe states respectively.
Governor Ganduje, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Abba Anwar, made available to newsmen in the state, said what the children (almajiri) needed at that critical point was caregiving instead of noise making and politicising the issue.
The statement titled, “We are not making politics out of it, no noise making:
“To put record straight on the movement of Almajiri across states of the federation and how Kano embarks on the exercise.
“We agreed at the Northern Governors Forum that all Almajiris moved to their states of origin. That is why we are sending, in good faith and procedures, all Almajiris that are not from Kano state to their respective states of origin.
“The exercise was not political and should not be politicized.
“The way we are sending back Almajiris to their states of origin, we are also receiving Almajiris from other states who are Kano indigenes. But the fact that we are not making noise about it does not mean they are all healthy without COVID-19 infections.
“Let’s make it categorically clear that, some of the Almajiris brought to Kano during the exercise, are also COVID-19 positive, but we are not making politics out of it. Because we all believe that what they need most now, is not noise making or publicity. What they need at this critical point in time is, caregiving.
“People should also understand that these children were not infected in the process of transporting them to their respective states. So noise making is not fit as a way forward. All we are doing is simply to comply with the Northern Governors’ Forum decision that all Almajiris in our states should be taken back to their respective states, simple,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, the rivalry between the two could be traced back to when the former Kano Emir, Muhammad Sanusi II was dethroned and banished to Nassarawa State and El-Rufai visited him (Sanusi), appointed him Chancellor of Kaduna State University and also Vice Chairman of the board of Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency; a development that seems not to go down well with Ganduje.