As authorities continue to unravel the causes of the “mass deaths in Kano State, President Muhammadu Buhari says he and his government are with the people of the state and will not let them down.
Buhari, in a statement on Wednesday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the outcome of the impending autopsies would determine the real causes of the strange deaths in the state.
The statement read:
“There’s no time for energy wasted on political point-scoring, whether by current or former holders of office – or for any differences between state and federal administrations to be publicly aired.
“This is no time for talk. Our common purpose is to preserve the lives and health of citizens. President Muhammadu Buhari and his government are with the people of Kano State and will not let them down.
“If there is reason to believe that the mortality rate in Kano due to COVID-19 is out of control, it will spell a serious development to which the best action would be for the federal government and state government to work more tightly together to find solutions and implement together.
“In Nigeria, there are currently verbal autopsies underway in Kano State to identify the precise cause of the sudden and rapid increase in mortality in recent days.
“While some may wish to believe that there are other causes at play here like hypertension, diabetes, meningitis, and acute malaria’, there are others who say it is COVID-19.
“We should be prepared to accept the medical and scientific result of the autopsies and work together to confront the common enemy.
“What we know all over the world is that communities with similar socioeconomic dynamics like Kano have found as very helpful, the sort of lockdown measures now imposed, with markets and other public places of worship shuttered more strictly.”