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Apologize to Pantami or risk the wrath of Allah–JIBWIS warns Kwankwaso

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By Nazifi Dawud

The national leadership of Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah wa Iqamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) has called on Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano state to apologize over the humiliation of Sheikh Isa Ibrahim Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, by members of his Kwankwassiya movement.

Kano Focus reports that Pantami, who is also a prominent Islamic Scholar, was booed, heckled and jostled on Tuesday by Mr Kwankwaso’s supporters at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airpot (MAKIA) in Kano, while he was returning to Abuja.

It was learnt that the minister came to Kano for a condolence visit to Sha’ban Ibrahim Sharada, a member of the House of Representatives who lost his father recently.

While he was about to board a flight to Abuja, Sheikh Pantami met with a crowd of Kwankwassiya members, who were also at the airport to see off the 242 students who were sponsored to India and Sudan for postgraduate studies by the Kwankwassiya Development Foundation.

It was gathered that upon seeing Pantami, some of the Kwankwassiya supporters started shouting ‘bamayi, bamayi’, meaning “we are not in support, we are not in support”, at him just as others pulled his clothing and bumped against him.

While the episode lasted, a particular youth was caught on camera, trying to force a red cap–a key symbol of the Kwankwassiya movement–on Pantami’s head from behind.

The minister has not yet responded to the incident.

However, in a statement, Sheikh Abdullahi Bala Lau, National Leader of JIBWIS, expressed sadness over the incident, saying the minister who has spent most of his life teaching the Qur’an and its interpretation, does not deserve the kind of humiliation meted to him.

Sheikh Lau also advised Mr Kwankwaso, leader of the Kwankwassiya to publicly apologize to Sheikh Pantami as well as to Nigerian Muslims for the behavior of his supporters, warning that Allah’s wrath awaits anyone who would dare to injure the dignity of Islamic scholars, “who are inheritors to prophets.”

“Our noble Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has told us that anyone who respects and upholds the dignity of scholars that memorize the noble Qur’an, has also respected and upheld the dignity of Allah. Also, the humiliating treatment meted to Pantami has also contravened Nigerian laws, because as a minister, he is a member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC),” he said.

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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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