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This week in Kano History: July 21- 27

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Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

1999 – Ibrahim (Imam) Salisu Buhari resigned as Speaker

On July 22, 1999 the first speaker of the House of Representatives in the fourth Republic resigned from his position.

Ibrahim Salisu Buhari, representing Nassarawa constituency in Kano Metropolis resigned after admitting that he falsified his age, and forged his educational qualifications.

Mr Buhari had claimed to be 36 years old when he was actually 29 and had claimed having a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Canada as well as serving in the NYSC scheme at the Standard Constructions Limited here in Kano.

After the NEWS magazine exposed his claims as fraudulent he resigned from the House and apologized for his misconduct.

“I apologize to you. I apologize to the nation. I apologize to my family and friends for all the distress I have caused them. I was misled in error by zeal to serve the nation, I hope the nation will forgive me and give me the opportunity to serve again.” He said.

He was charged to court and was found guilty on two counts of fraud but was fined Two thousand Naira (N2,000.00) only and was subsequently granted a presidential pardon.

2005 – 56 people died in a passenger bus crash

About 56 people died on July 25, 2005 when a bus carrying them from Lagos to Maiduguri felled into the Tamburawa Bridge about 20km from Kano.

The driver who died along with the passengers was reported to have fallen asleep before plunging into the river.

A Federal Roads Safety official, Ibrahim Ahmed Ibrahim told reporters at the time that five passengers survived the crash and were taken to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital.

Speeding, overloading, and poorly maintained vehicles are blamed by authorities for frequent accidents on Nigerian roads.

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2016 – FG cancels film village in Kano

President Muhammadu Buhari cancelled plans to build a N3bn film village at Kofa town in Kano state following criticisms by Islamic scholars.

Member representing Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency, Abdulmumini Jibrin Kofa had announced plans for the film village earlier at Government House, Kano.

Mr. Kofa said the film village would create thousands of job opportunities and promote cultural activities.

However Islamic scholars led by Sheikh Abdallah Usman Gadon Kaya and Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa argued that it would promote immorality while people on social media criticized the plan.

Therefore on 25 July, 2016 SSA to the president on National Assembly Matters, Kawu Sumaila conveyed the presidents’ decision to cancel the film village to the Kano state government.

2018 – Kwankwasiyya lawmakers decamped to PDP

On July 24, 2018 then senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso decamped from the APC to the PDP along with supporters of his Kwankwasiyya movement from the House of Representatives.

The members included Garba Muhammad Diso (Gwale), Garba Umar Durbunde (Sumaila/Takai), Ahmad Garba (Bichi), Ali Sani Madakin Gini (Dala).

Others were Usman Shehu (Karaye/Rogo), Abubakar Nuhu Danburam (Kano Municipal), Nasiru Sule Garo (Gwarzo/Kabo), Muhammad Sani (Rano/Bunkure/Kibiya), and Musa Ado Tsamiya (Gezawa/Gabasawa).

On the eve of the defection Mr Kwankwaso met with President Muhammadu Buhari along with APC chairman Adams Oshiomhole and some governors.

Mr Buhari urged Kwankwaso to stay in the party but he refused to do so citing his conflict with incumbent Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

However during the 2019 election, not a single defected member from Kano state won reelection to the National Assembly.

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This week in Kano history: Fire killed 331 in El-Duniya Cinema

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On May 13, 1951, fire razed down El-Duniya Cinema killing 331 out of an audience of 600.

It was the highest number of casualties in a one-day disaster in the recorded history of Kano.

An inquiry by the British colonial government found that the fire started at the projection room and spread along the ceiling of the cinema located beside the Kantin Kwari and Sabon Gari markets.

Almost all the victims were young men aged 18-34 with some children including a 9-year-old who thronged the cinema for an afternoon show.

Many of the dead had been trapped because the theater owner had locked the doors to prevent people sneaking in without paying. Others were caught in the crush as patrons rushed back into the burning theater to collect their bicycles.

The Prophet’s Image

However, the tragedy was interpreted by most Kano citizens as divine retribution for participating in immoral activities.

Rumors quickly spread that the film being screened that day at El-Duniya portrayed the image of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Others believed that during construction of the cinema people passing everyday cursed the builder and therefore it was engulfed not just by flames but by the combined magical force of these curses.

These rumors grew so strong that the colonial Government was forced to take official notice and counter them over the radio.

Twice daily for two days in four different languages, the Radio Diffusion Service announced there was no truth to the stories that the people handling the bodies of El-Duniya victims died, or that Native Authority Warders who helped in the tragedy had all gone mad, or that prisoners from Kano prison (who helped in handling the corpses) could not eat for days afterwards.

Culled from Signal and Noise: Media, Infrastructure, and Urban Culture in Nigeria by Brian Larkin (2008)

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Today in History: The assassination of Murtala Muhammad

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Murtala Muhammad

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

Murtala Muhammad, Nigerian military Head of State was assassinated on February 13, 1976 in an aborted coup.

The 37-year old, Kano-born, 4th Nigerian Head of State was gunned down in Ikoyi Lagos by soldiers led by Lt. Col. Bukar Suka Dimka.

In his 201 days in office, he pursued policies that have brought lasting changes to Nigeria.

Some of them are the adoption of presidential system of government from the former parliamentary system.

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He created seven new states – Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Imo, Niger, Ogun, and Ondo – bringing the number of Nigerian states to 19.

His regime also initiated the movement of the Federal Capital from Lagos to Abuja.

Late Murtala Muhammad also purged the civil service, demobilized soldiers, and jailed former ministers in an effort to rid Nigeria of corruption.

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This week in Kano history: December 08 – 14

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2012 – Gunmen killed Danladi Isah Kademi

On December 14, 2012 political assassins killed member representing Gaya/Ajingi constituency in the Kano state House of Assembly, Danladi Isah Kademi.

Mr. Kademi, who was a former chairman of Gaya local government, was shot while inspecting his uncompleted house in Hotoron Maradun, Kano metropolis.

The assassins who arrived on motorcycles were suspected to be Boko Haram members.

However, in January 2013, the Kano state police command arrested a politician Saleh Kura of Unguwa Uku area of Kano metropolis for allegedly ordering the killing of late Kademi.

According to the police, Mr Kura hired Ibrahim Lawal, Sagir Yahuza, Surajo Adamu, Tasiu Shuaibu, and Muhammad Abdussalam all of Unguwa area to kill late Kademi and Ibrahim Abba Garko, member representing Garko constituency in the Kano state House of Assembly.

Kano state police commissioner, Ibrahim Idris said Mr Kura contracted the assassins at the sum of N100,000 but paid them a deposit of N30,000 only.

2013 – Tijjaniyya leader, Sheikh Harazimi died

On December 11, 2013 revered leader of the Tijjaniya Tariqah Sheikh Aliyu Harazimi of Hausawa Kano metropolis died at the age of 93.

Sheikh Aliyu Harazimi

The late Sheikh was one of the major disciples of Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse of Senegal and became famous in Kano from 1980s upwards for the energetic style of dhikr now known in Hausa as “Tambarin Gidan Shaykh Aliyu Harizimi”.

He was a descendent of the 2nd Fulani Emir of Kano, Ibrahim Dabo and was born on Arafat Day, 1920.

He was initiated into the Tijjaniyya in 1933 and became a spiritual guide – muqaddam – in 1947 after undergoing tutelage.

His major Tijjaniya masters were Sheikh Abubakar Atiku Sanka and Sheikh Muhammad Gibirima of Nguru, Yobe state.

His major writings include Kasr-an-nufus, Juhud-al-ajiz, Sullamul muhibbeen ila hadrat khayral mursaleen, as well as Sir-al-asrar.

2014 – Kannywood comedian, Rabilu Musa ‘Dan Ibro’ died

On December 09, 2014, prominent Kannywood actor, producer, and director, Rabilu Musa ‘Dan Ibro’ died at his home town Danlasan of Warawa local government, Kano.

Rabilu Musa Ibro

The late actor was until his death the most prominent comedian in the Kannywood film industry.

His films were mostly rural based and frequently went against Islamic injunctions.

The late Dan Ibro had several run-ins with the Kano state government as well as its Shari’a implementing agencies such as the Censorship Board and Hisbah Commission in his bid to ensure freedom of expression.

He was arrested and jailed for performances seen to be denigrating or blaspheming Islam.

However, his movies served as social commentaries on contemporary events as he produced films on trending issues.

These include Kotun Ibro, Jahilci yafi Hauka, Ibro Osama, Ibro Dan siyasa, etc.

Compiled by Maude Rabiu Gwadabe.

 

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