‘Stop noisemaking’, Ganduje counsels El-Rufai against politicising evacuation of Almajiris

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Sunday accused his colleague from Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai of stopping politicizing the country's evacuation. Almajiris who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Ganduje, who made the call in a statement issued by his press chief, Abba Anwar, said that what the children needed at this critical point was to take care and not make noise and politicize the issue.

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El-Rufai had said earlier in the week that about 50 almajiris evacuated from Kano to the state had tested positive for COVID-19.

The statement said: “To register the movement of almajiris between the states of the federation and how Kano starts the exercise.

“We agreed at the Northern Governors Forum that all almajiris are transferred to their home states. That is why we are sending, in good faith and procedures, all non-Kano almajiris to their respective states of origin.

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“The exercise was not political and should not be politicized. As we are sending almajiris to their home states, we are also receiving almajiris from other states that are Kano Indians. But the fact that we are not making a fuss about it does not mean that everyone is healthy without COVID-19 infections.

"Let's make it clear categorically that some of the almajiris brought to Kano during the exercise are also positive for COVID-19, but we are not making a policy of it. Because we all believe that what they need most now is not making noise or publicity. What they need at this critical moment is to take care.

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“People should also understand that these children were not infected in the process of being transported to their respective states. Therefore, making noise is not suitable as a way forward. All we are doing is simply fulfilling the Northern Governors' Forum's decision that all almajiris in our states should simply be taken back to their respective states. "

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