Sacked Kano commissioner who mocked Abba Kyari tests positive for COVID-19, begs for prayers

Thursday, May 7, 2020

/ by Joe Adams
Mu’azu Magaji 
A former commissioner of works and infrastructure in Kano state, Muazu Magaji, has tested positive for COVID-19.

 Magaji was sacked by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, in April over unguarded utterances against the demise of Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He was quoted as saying: "Abba Kyari is no ordinary citizen he amassed so much power that decide the fate of my nation and its people.. Hence his death is never a personal death.

"There is a world of difference between a good person and a good leader.. Leadership is an aggregated quality of mass empathy not personal favour!

"Nigeria is bigger than any individual... While praying for the presidents late support staff.. Ours is to prevent a repeat of his non accountable domination era!

"In institutional democracy no individual is bigger than the state... Our interest is to get equity and capacity in highest position of power.. Its not personal.

But Magaji later apologised for the statement, saying he was misunderstood and never intended to celebrate the death of the late chief of staff.

In a post on his Facebook page on Thursday, the former commissioner said he has been moved to an isolation centre in the state after his test came out positive.

“Salam brothers and sisters I have been down for some days now, NCDC protocol activated. Need your prayers,” he said.

“Dear all, I do truly apologize for you not getting across to me on phone or msgs….I have been indisposed due to ongoing health challenges some of us going through in Kano.

“This morning my NCDC test is out. I have been confirmed Covid-19 Positive. And have been moved to one of the state facilities…pray for us!

“Going through a historical moment of our time. A time we will either live to remember or we will be remembered having lived in! Which ever applies Alhamdulillah!”

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