Zulum, clerics meet over Borno lockdown
Kebbi State has discharged the patient that first caught the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the state. Chairman of the state’s task force on COVID-19, Jafar Mohammed, disclosed this to newsmen yesterday after the patient tested negative to the virus twice.
Recall that the state government had on April 26 announced the index case of COVID-19 in the state.
The state, which recorded its index case on April 26, has 24 confirmed cases including three deaths.In another development, Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has said that the three-week lockdown will be relaxed to enable farmers, traders and artisans resume their daily activities to survive coronavirus crisis and insurgency.
According to him, residents’ headaches are how to overcome the decade-long Boko Haram terrorism and prevent COVID-19.Zulum announced this on Monday while holding a closed-door meeting with Islamic and Christian clerics at Government House, Maiduguri.
The three-week lockdown in the state will soon be relaxed, he declared, to help farming communities and people relying on subsistence activities for survival.
At the meeting, Zulum said: “Government has decided to relax this lockdown. I have called you to seek your suggestion on how we can contain the spread of COVID-19 during the relaxation.
“Borno is an agrarian society, and with the setting in of the rainy season, farmers must be allowed to go to their farmlands while those that do menial jobs for their sustenance should also be allowed to seek their daily bread,” he said.
While appreciating the Christian community for supporting state government, he urged them to provide answers to how social distancing could be maintained and other measures taken against COVID-19.
He told the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN): “Since I held consultation with the Islamic clerics to hear their suggestions, it is only right to hear from the Christians, who also hold their own services in Churches.”
Chairman of CAN in Borno, Bishop William Naga, thanked the governor for engaging Christians by seeking their opinion, pointing out that they were happy to be involved in the decision-making of government.“We’ll surely respond to you on measures to prevent and overcome COVID-19 by Wednesday,” he assured the governor.