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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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Reckless driving by security forces in Kano

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 September 29 – 05 October

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Hassan Katsina, Ado Bayero, Aguiyi Ironsi

1966 – Ado Bayero, Hassan Katsina quell army mutiny in Kano

On October 1, 1966, troops of the 5th battalion of the Nigerian Army mutinied in Kano and killed the second in command Captain Auna and the RSM Dauda Mumuni.

The mutiny was an attempt to avenge the killing of Northern Nigerian leaders by Igbo officers during the first military coup in Nigeria.

The troops broke out of the barracks and attacked Igbos in Sabon Gari area as well as Kano Airport and train station.

The military governor of the Northern Region, Lt-Colonel Hassan Usman Katsina, put down the mutiny by driving round Kano in an open Jeep accompanied by Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

1969 – World of Paperbacks book exhibition opens

Sarkin Bai at World of Paperbacks Exhibition

On October 1, 1969, a five-day exhibition of paperback books was opened in Kano.

The exhibition was sponsored by the United States Information Service (USIS).

Kano state commissioner of education, Alhaji Mukhtar Sarkin Bai declared the exhibition open.

Sarkin Bai called for the production of Hausa books in paperback.

1979 – Abubakar Rimi became 1st civilian governor of Kano

Abubakar Rimi

On October 1, 1979, Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi of the Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP) was sworn-in as the first civilian governor of Kano state.

Rimi’s administration was outstanding for its cancellation of poll tax and human development projects.

Abubakar Rimi established among others the Kano State Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO), Kano Agricultural Rural Development Agency (KNARDA), Rural Electricity Agency, the Agency for Mass Education, the Science and Technical Schools Board, the Primary Education Board, as well as Kano State Environmental Protection Board.

He also introduced the Workers’ Day Holiday in Nigeria and sponsored Kano state students on overseas scholarships.

Rimi also established the Triumph Publishing Company and Kano state television (CTV) known named after him.

However he failed to win re-election after falling out with his political mentor Malam Aminu Kano.

He was sentenced to 10 years in jail by the Buhari military administration but the Babangida administration commuted the term to three years.

Rimi was Minister of Communication during the Abacha regime but was later jailed after starting the movement that transformed into the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) after Abacha’s death.

Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi died on April 4, 2010 after a confrontation with armed robbers.

1983 – Sabo Bakin Zuwo takes office as Kano state governor

Sabo Bakin Zuwo

On October 1, 1983, Aliyu Sabo Bakin Zuwo took office as Kano state governor after defeating Abubakar Rimi who had defected from the PRP.

Bakin Zuwo ruled for only three months before the Second Republic was toppled in an army coup.

Highlights of his tenure include the downgrading of the four first class emirates created by the Rimi administration and sacking of civil servants loyal to the former governor.

He also converted the Palace Cinema at Jakara Kano city into a clinic which was later christened Sabo Bakin Zuwo Maternity Hospital.

Bakin Zuwo was arrested by the Buhari administration and sentenced to 21 years but his sentence was commuted to three years by the Babangida administration.

He died on February 15, 1989 following a domestic accident.

2012 – Kano state government closes Triumph newspaper

Triumph Newspaper

On October 3, 2012, Kano state government led by Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso shut down the Triumph Publishing Company established by the Abubakar Rimi administration.

The moribund company was the publisher of Daily Triumph, Weekend Triumph, Sunday Triumph, and the Hausa Albishir newspaper as well as Alfijir written in Ajami script.

However, the Abdullahi Ganduje administration resuscitated the company in May 2017 with the maiden edition commemorating the 50th anniversary of Kano state.

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This week in Kano History: July 28 to August 3

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1975 – Murtala Mohammed became Head of State

On 30th July, 1975, Murtala Mohammed became Head of State after overthrowing General Yakubu Gowon.

Mr Gowon was overthrown while attending an Organization of African Unity (OAU) Summit in Kampala, Uganda.

As Head of State, Murtala started the preparation to move the Federal Capital Territory from Lagos to Abuja because Lagos was then overcrowded.

During his reign, he created seven more states which include: Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Imo, Niger and Ondo.

He was assassinated along with his Aide-de-camp (ADC), Lieutenant Akintunde Akinsehinwa in his black Mercedes Benz saloon car.

1986 – Rimi, Bakin Zuwo, jail term reduced to three years

On August 01, 1986 – The Federal Military Government led by General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida commuted the sentences of former Kano state governors Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi and Sabo Bakin Zuwo.

The decision of the government was based on the Justice Muhammad Bello Panel which reviewed cases of politicians convicted by the Buhari military administration.

The Babangida government commuted Sabo Bakin Zuwo’s sentence from 21 to three years, while Abubakar Rimi’s sentence was commuted from 10 to three years.

Rimi’s deputy governor, Abdu Dawakin Tofa got his sentence commuted from 10 to seven years while Bakin Zuwo’s deputy governor, Wada Abubakar got his sentence reduced from five to four years.

Other politicians from Kano state whose sentences were reduced on the same date included Sadauki Kibiya, from five to three years, Farouk Da’u, from five to four four years.

However Sani Gule’s jail term of three years was left intact without reduction.

2004 – Kano State Government resumed polio vaccination

On 3rd August, 2004, Kano State Government, under the leadership Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau resumed polio vaccination after suspending it for about eight months.

Shekarau’s administration suspended the polio vaccination because of the rumour that it contains anti-fertility drugs and Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV).

However, Mr Shekarau was forced to renege from his position after pressure from international organizations.

2013 -Isah Waziri died

 

On 2nd August, 2013, prominent Islamic scholar, Isah Muhammad Gidado, popularly known as Isah Waziri died.

Sheikh Waziri was born in 1925 to the family of Muhammad Gidado.

He attended Judicial School, Kano, Kano Law School and Al’azhar University, Egypt.

He was a popular teacher, whose Tafseer used to be aired on radio and television in Kano, especially in Ramadan.

He was a member of Kano State Emirate Council who held the title of Wazirin Kano.

He died at 88 at his Tudun Wazirici residence in Kano metropolis after a protracted illness.

2017 – Nasir Salisu Zango rejected N700,000-bribe to kill a story

1st August, 2017, Nasir Salisu Zango, a journalist working with Freedom Radio Kano rejected a N700,000 bribe to kill a story he was working on.

Mr Zango received the money from officials of Kano Municipal local government who were selling plots at Kofar Wambai Market despite a court order.

He however presented the money to the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission.

Mr Zango is the presenter of a popular daily Hausa magazine programme “In Da Ranka” of Freedom Radio.

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