The Governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir El-rufai has threatened to reimpose lockdown in the state again if the people keep flouting COVID-19 restrictions. The Governor made the statement during a special interview with BBC Hausa.
According to him, citizens of the state flout the social distracting directive by the Government during Friday congregational prayers. “On Friday, you will see congestion during the Friday prayers. Even if we are to open the mosques for the five daily prayers, the same thing will happen. People are not following directives.”
“Now if you go to Kaduna, we say whoever should come out of his house should put on a facemask. People don’t wear it” said Elrufai. “If you stop a person and ask him where his mask is, he pulls it out of his pocket and says he has it.” The facemasks act as a protective measure against the Virus.
The Governor also reiterated his decision not to open markets. ” Today if we open markets, one person can infect thousands with the type of congestion happening. And since the market is a public place, how do you track those you have contact with?”
Remember, The Governor spent a month sidelined with the feared COVID-19 infection and his deputy took charge in his absence.
Lockdown restrictions were also imposed on the state for three months before it was opened. El-rufai has mulled the decision to reimpose such conditions if the people refuse to obey the Government’s directive to wear face masks and observe social distancing in the places of worship. The Governor further promised to support businesses once everything gets back to normal.
According to the latest NCDC figures released on 3rd August, Kaduna has 17 out of the 288 new cases in the country. The state has a total of 1,498 cases. Only Lagos, FCT, Oyo, Edo, Rivers, Kano and Delta have more.