COVID-19: Ganduje backs down, insists on lockdown

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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Saturday urged the people of the state to respect the two-week lockdown imposed on the state by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.

Ganduje had on Friday urged Buhari to relax the lockdown.

His appeal attracted a barrage of criticisms from various quarters as people accused him of toying with the health of the people.

In several tweets on Saturday, Ganduje said: “I reiterate my plea for all Kano citizens to adhere to the lockdown rule. We need to slow down the virus and this is only possible with social distancing. Please stay in your homes.

“We’re working fast to deal with the spread of #COVID19 in our great state with the conversion of some facilities in the state to isolation centers. The Abubakar Imam Urology Hospital, Murtala Muhammed Library Complex, Hospitality and Tourism Institute formerly Daula Hotel, Sports Institute at Karfi and the Nigerian Air Force Hospital will now house carriers of the pandemic going forward. The Murtala Muhammad Library Complex is expected to accommodate over 200 beds and also an estimated 300 beds will be provided at Karfi Sports Institute.”

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