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Buenaventura Melah: Why was the Uche Secondus media assistant wrong in Ganduje and COVID-19?

The article entitled “Ganduje’s Kano on my mind”, written by Ike Abonyi, Special Assistant (SA), Media, for the national president of Prince Uche Secondus of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and published today Thursday 30 April 2020 in L last page of the Daily Telegraph and some online platforms are, to say the least, tacky and obviously politically motivated.

Therefore, the content of the article goes against the spirit of calls from various sectors, including the World Health Organization (WHO), President Muhammadu Buhari and many other well-meaning / interested people, leaders and organizations in Nigeria and other parts. of the world. that the coronavirus pandemic should not be politicized.

In the article, Ike Abonyi pretended that his mission was to express how the governor of the state of Kano, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, had not met his people’s expectations in the fight against coronavirus in the state. However, the writer spent over 95% of his time attacking Ganduje over the 2019 government elections in Kano state, the dethronement of former Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the “political struggles” between Ganduje and the former state governor , Senator Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso and, according to him, “other godparents”. Therefore, his article was unable to state or show how the governor of Kano state made a mistake or how he did not work for his people in the face of the pandemic.

It is known that Governor Ganduje and his political party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) on the one hand, and the main opposition, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on the other hand, fought fiercely over who would control the state of Kano. during the March 2020 governor elections. After Ganduje was declared the winner of the elections, the PDP went to court and contested the result, up to the Supreme Court, where the governor was declared the real winner by the main court.

Another fact known to many was that during the elections, the former Emirate of Kano violated the rule that forbade traditional partisans from joining the party and openly sided with the PDP in a desperate attempt to remove Ganduje from office.

Therefore, in the report, Ike Abonyi expressed his anger and frustration at the defeat of his party, the PDP in Kano, by Ganduje, as well as the dethronement of his political ally, the former Emir Sanusi, simulating concern for the La Kano people about the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the writer, “before Governor Ganduje there were great leaders such as the second coming of Abubakar Rimi, Abdu Dawakin Tofa, Sabo Bakin Zuwo, Kabiru Gaya, Rabiu Kwakwaso, Ibrahim Shekarau and Rabiu Kwakwaso. Since Ganduje’s arrival in Kano, it has been a daily battle, with both the godfather and the emir. ”

Ike Abonyi’s previous stance clearly shows that the writer was either totally alien to Kano’s positive developments under Governor Ganduje or had deliberately tried to hide the truth. This is because most Nigerians are aware that during the first four years of its administration, Ganduje has been better valued in many aspects of governance, including the development of world-class road infrastructure and a massive investment in education. , among other areas.
The second defeat of the PDP by Ganduje in the state of Kano and the dethronement of the former Emir Sanusi occurred a few months ago, therefore, could not have been the concern of the governor who, in five months, would have been in five years. in the governor’s seat. .

There is no doubt that the recent death of many people in the state of Kano, including some eminent professionals, is very regrettable and regrettable. However, stating that all the deaths in Kano were the result of the coronavirus is another way of distorting the facts by the writer, as many medical experts have clearly stated that a rare disease was responsible for most of the deaths. while some were caused by the pandemic.

It is also wrong to raise unnecessary alarms and personally blame the Kano state government or Governor Ganduje for coronavirus infections in the state. Being the most populous state of Nigeria (according to official records), it cannot be said that Kano has so many problems with the number of infections, compared to Lagos with the highest number and to Abuja, which, despite its relatively low population , according to the list.

If we want to raise the alarm and blame quality leadership on the rate of coronavirus-related infections and deaths, what can we say about Europe, the United States of America and other world-class countries that have been devastated and devastated by the virus?

At the time of this writing, there are 3,193,886 people infected with the virus, 227,638 dead and 972,719 recoveries worldwide. In the United States alone, the infection rate is 1,064,353 with 61,504 deaths and 126,325 recoveries. The same chaos has been seen in Spain, Italy, Germany, in many parts of the world with the main goal of how to win the war collectively, rather than playing an obviously politically motivated guilt game.

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