The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday demanded an immediate investigation into the disturbing multiple death of residents in Kano State.
The PDP called for a Presidential visit to the state, where no fewer than 640 citizens had reportedly died under mysterious circumstances in the last one week.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party explained that its call was predicated on conflicting reports emanating from Kano State on the cause of the sudden deaths particularly at a time when the country is battling the spread of COVID-19.
PDP lamented that the “Buhari Presidency had failed to take any concrete step on this frightening development, but is, as usual, waiting to be prodded to stand up to the demands of office and proceed to Kano state to identify with the people, find a solution and contain the ugly situation.
The party described as lamentable the President’s recession into the safety of Aso Villa, despite promising to lead from the front.
The party said it was more worrisome considering that the President recently took up the toga of ECOWAS COVID-19 Response Champion but failed to promptly activate any concrete and visible action to investigate and arrest the situation in Kano, where Nigerians are dying in their hundreds.
PDP described the situation as yet another manifestation of leadership failure and insensitivity of the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration to the plight of Nigerians at critical moments.
The statement reads: “Our party holds that the situation in Kano demands an immediate Presidential visit and investigation at a very high level. Those dying in Kano are Nigerians and must not be abandoned. The development deserves utmost Presidential attention to avoid further escalation.”
“This is particularly imperative as it is evident that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his APC-led administration in Kano State are totally
incompetent and have become overwhelmed after failing to take
appropriate measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus or whatever medical situation that has taken over the state.
“When Ganduje, who is being dogged by allegations of corruption, was expected to ensure compliance to preventive measures, he rather chose to abandon governance and spent executive time pursuing controversial extraneous issues that have no direct benefits on the lives of the people.
“It is even more ludicrous that Governor Ganduje chose to politicize the health issues in his state by resorting to unnecessary denials and pecuniary concerns.
“Such an anti-people approach to governance is always symptomatic of leadership that did not emanate from the mandate of the people.”