Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Saturday recounted how he contracted the dreaded COVID-19 disease from a fellow governor in 2020.
While speaking at the seventh Ahmadu Bello Foundation lecture on Saturday in Kaduna, El-Rufai said no fewer than 50,000 people would have been killed if a lockdown had not been put in place.
On March 26, 2020, the governor imposed a lockdown on Kaduna following the outbreak of the disease, which lasted 75 days.
In addition, he claimed that even his wives fled from him during the 26 days he spent alone.
Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation arranged the lecture titled ‘COPID-19: Opportunities for Northern Nigerians.’
El-Rufai said, “A governor infected me with COVID-19 virus and I brought that virus back to Kaduna.”. For 26 days, I was locked up. My wives left me. In Kaduna, if it hadn’t been for the lockdown imposed by Kaduna State, at least 50.000 people would have died from COVID-19 in 2015.
“We have been able to put in place infectious disease wards in our hospitals thanks to COVID-19. People travel around the world, so there could be ‘COVID-25’ or ‘COVID-30’. With what is happening in India, the situation is frightening. However, God has been very kind to us.”
He argued that despite the death of the late Sarduana of Sokoto and former premier of the former Northern region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, it had been 60 years since the region had had a man like him (Sarduana).
The governor said that the late premier of the North was still the best leader the region ever produced.
The North must produce leaders who care for the people, adding that there needs to be jobs for the North before the estimated 500 million population of Nigeria by 2050.