Kano Assembly to online newspaper: We didn’t defy closure order for covid-19
By Usman Gwadabe
The attention of Kano State House of Assembly has been drawn to a news story published by an online newspaper recently which is being circulated in the social media falsely alleging that the House is still conducting plenary sessions in defiance of the state government order banning all official and public gatherings as part of proactive measures to prevent spread of covid-19 in the state.
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the House spokesman, Ali Bala Kofar Kudu which was made available to The Triumph recently.
According to the statement, the story also falsely alleges that the House Information Officer posted pictures of members of the House in session on last Saturday.
“This story is, indeed, a lie, false, unfounded and malicious intended to ridicule and bring the image of the House and its members to disrepute.
“To keep the record straight, the House has suspended all official engagements, including plenary sessions, since last week’s Wednesday immediately following the conclusion of the day’s special plenary session.
“Pictures of the session with appropriate captions were posted by the Information Officer on Facebook and other social media platforms that very Wednesday.
“It is therefore illogical and inconceivable for any right thinking person to think, concoct and spread such fake news alleging that the House is still conducting its normal business even on weekend.
“The House, its leadership and all the floor members are very aware and alive to their responsibilities and would never indulge in any act that would jeopardize the wellbeing of the people or undermine the authority of the state government.
“Speaker Abdulazeez Garba Gafasa, hereby unequivocally restates their total support to all the state government proactive measures being taken to stem the spread of covid-19 in Kano and beyond and therefore urges members of the public and all concerned organizations and groups to regard the purported story as just another fake, unfounded, malicious and trash by mischief makers aimed at discrediting the entire House,” the statement concluded.