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Where Ganduje is getting it wrong in the fight against COVID19

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The stories I’m hearing all point to the human cost of the failure of political leadership. Ganduje has politicized and monetized a health crisis that is killing people in numbers that media reports cannot keep pace with.

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The worst of Ganduje’s sins is turning down a medical/humanitarian mission organized and funded by prominent Kano indigenes because the mission was not donating money but rather bringing equipment, expertise, personnel, and other medical resources to the state.

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A combination of greed and insecurity caused Ganduje to turn down help for his beleaguered state.
Greed because any help not monetized cannot benefit him and his goons. In their thinking, no crisis should go unused as an opportunity to make money.

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Insecurity because, having woefully failed to anticipate and respond to the crisis, he reckons that any medical intervention organized from the outside would expose and dramatize his failures.
This is why he has now turned down Kwankwaso’s donation of a newly built private hospital to be used as a COVID isolation center.

Many Kano people have written off Ganduje and do not regard him as a legitimate governor. This is why in all of this, the overarching, underlying anger I hear is directed at buhari.
The Kano folks I talk to say they blame buhari for foisting Ganduje on them in 2019 through blatant, brazen rigging aided by federal security might and violence.

One prominent Kano politician stated yesterday that a president Obasanjo would have sacrificed and distanced himself from a governor who was videoed stuffing dollar bribes into his babanriga even if the person was in PDP.

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Instead of abandoning Ganduje, buhari prevaricated and then fully embraced the corrupt governor, availing him of federal instruments of coercion and violence that helped force his return to government house against the wishes of Kano people.

As one prominent politician is saying, “we’re now paying the price for buhari’s weakness and unseriousness.”

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