After Weeks Of Hiding, Jigawa Governor Appears, Shuts Down Markets, Commissions Isolation Centre

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Governor Badaru Abubakar Of Jigawa State.

By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse

Governor Badaru Abubakar has suprised his critics whom earlier declared him missing due to his unprecended public disappearance for the past two weeks appeared and debunked the insinuations that his absence sparked speculations that he contracted the deadly coronavirus.


Badaru went off public glare following the news of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, who tested positive to CoronaVirus as he was amongst governors, and ministers that interracted with Kyari.


The governor alongside his colleagues allegedly met Mr Kyari in series of official engagements in Abuja, some of them tested CoronaVirus positive while others are negative.


The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, announced that he had contracted the disease, while his Kano counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje was tested CoronaVirus negative, his spokesperson, Abba Anwar said on Thursday.


Badaru who commissioned the state isolation centre called on the state citizens to uphold all preventive measures in control, and prevention of coronavirus.


Badaru who dogged media questions about his whereabouts and his health status, however, announced closure of all markets in the state to prevent the CoronaVirus outbreak.


“Market days are suspended until situations improve, I urge all citizens to be patient and persevere as we pass through these difficult moments,” Mr Badaru said.


New Nigerian  had reported how the governor ordered for shutting down of the state’s routes linking to Bauchi State and three other neighboring states.


“Wedding fatiha is limited to seven people, three each from bride and groom’s trustees and Imam, the essence is to protect the public and prevent transmission of covid-19 in the state,” the governor said.


Badaru also said while putting on measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic, Jigawa is considering converting its biggest hotel (Three Star) as an isolation centre.


The governor also commissioned a newly constructed 20-bed capacity isolation centre in Dutse the state capital in case the disease spreads.

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