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Abdullahi Abbas: Next Emir of Kano?



Abdullahi Abbas and Abdullahi Ganduje

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

Kano state chairman of the All Peoples Congress (APC) may be the anointed successor to the throne of Kano Emirate after Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje addressed him as ‘heir apparent’.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Abdullahi Abbas is popularly known as ‘Dan Sarki jikan Sarki’, meaning son and grandson of Emirs, being a prince of the Dabo royal family of Kano.

Mr Ganduje addressed Mr Abbas as ‘heir apparent’ on Wednesday at a reception organized to celebrate the governor’s victory at the election petitions tribunal.

The governor’s statement is fuelling speculations that he has anointed Mr Abbas as the successor to the incumbent Emir of Kano.

Mr Abbas is a son of the Galadiman Kano, Abbas Sanusi and grandson of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi I.

Recently, an NGO, the Renaissance Coalition has alleged that the governor is plotting to dethrone reigning Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II who is Mr Abbas’ cousin.

However the governor has denied the allegation.

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Mr Ganduje and Mr Sanusi had been at loggerheads over presumed political differences.

The governor had carved out four first class emirates in a move seen by analysts as clipping the wings of the Kano emirate.

Mr Ganduje has however insisted that the new emirates were created to bring government closer to the grassroots.

Nevertheless, there are cases pending before different courts in Kano instituted by the emirate and its traditional kingmakers challenging the governor’s action.

Governor first, emir second

Reacting to the governor’s pronouncement, Umaru Kashe-Kobo, a supporter of Mr Abbas said they interpret the statement as an endorsement of their boss’s dual ambitions.

“The governor has expressed his confidence and shown true love to our leader.

“We hope this will pave way for Dan Sarki jikan Sarki to succeed the governor in 2023 and later fulfill the ambition of all princes by becoming the emir of Kano.” He said.

Mr Kashe-Kobo, Gwale local government chairman of the APC, however denied any insinuations that the statement amounts to an admission of a plot to dethrone the current Emir.

“It is also not wrong for the governor to name his successor.

“You may recall that Malam Ibrahim Shekarau also chose Salihu Takai as his successor but that did not prevent the party from conducting primary election.

“We therefore hope that the governor will direct all his supporters to vote for our leader in 2023.” He added.

Disaster or failure

Traditionally, the throne of Kano is open to all princes of the Dabo clan without singling out anyone as ‘heir apparent’.

The three recorded exceptions have ended in either disaster or failure.

In pre-colonial times, the Sultan of Sokoto anointed Galadima Tukur to succeed his father Emir Muhammadu Bello, a move that led directly to the Kano civil war.

In the Second Republic, Governor Abubakar Rimi promised the throne to Dan Buran Abubakar but failed to deliver.

Also, military head of state, General Sani Abacha was reported to have promised the throne to Wambai Abbas Sanusi, Mr Abbas’s father but died before executing his plan.



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20 Kano LGs prone to flooding




Nasiru Yusuf

Twenty local government areas in Kano state face high risk of flooding in 2020 according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Kano Focus report that the Coordinator NEMA Kano Territorial Office Sanusi Ado revealed this at a stakeholders meeting on flood awareness campaign and implication of 2020 seasonal rainfall prediction held on Wednesday in Kano.

“Those local government areas predicted to be affected by the flood include; Tarauni, Garun Malam, Rimin Gado, Gaya, Gezawa, Gwale, Shanono and Gabasawa.

“Other areas are Gwarzo, Ungoggo, Warawa, Dawakin Kudu, Dambatta, Bebeji, Kano, Wudil, Kura, Nasarawa, Kano Municipal and Kumbotso local government areas.” He said.

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Mr Ado said according to NIMET, such can threaten agriculture, water resources, health, transport and infrastructure sectors in the state.

He recalled that in 2012, unprecedented flooding led to the displacement of thousands of people, deaths and loss of millions of naira.

He however linked the increased flood risks in urban areas to blocked drainages.

“The recently reported incidence of destroyed bridges in Rimin Gado and Tofa Local Government Areas, led to so many displacements of vulnerable persons resulted from absence and blockage of drainages.

“We therefore urged relevant authorities to pay more attention to waste management in Nigeria.

“Putting in place a holistic waste management would be highly helpful in addressing frequent flooding incidents.

“These should also be backed by laws in respective states that deter people from indiscriminate waste disposal.” He said.

He also called on citizens to take proactive measures to reduce the risks of flooding.

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Rape: Kano court sentences 70 year old rapist to death by stoning



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

An Upper shari’a court sitting at Kofar Kudu in Kano metropolis has sentenced one Mati Audu to death by stoning after he was found guilty of defiling a 12 year old girl.

Kano Focus reports that the presiding judge, Abdullahi Sani Sarki Yola gave the verdict on Wednesday.

Mr Audu who is a resident of Falsa of Tsanyawa local government confessed to his crime before the judge willingly.

The Judge according to the Islamic teaching gave him chance at three different court sittings to reverse his confession in order to save him from the punishment.

But the old rapist insisted that he defiled the minor, and was willing to accept his punishment.


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774,000 jobs: Applicants accuse Kano committee chair of favoritism



Sabiu Kabuga

Applicants for the Federal Government Extended Special Work Program in Kano state have accused the selection committee chairman, Mukhtar Dauda Mukhtar of illegally sharing the forms to his acquaintances at Bayero University Kano (BUK).

Mr Mukhtar, a professor of Microbiology teaches at the university.

Kano Focus reports that some applicants besieged the Microbiology Department of BUK on Wednesday where they alleged that the committee chairman was giving out the forms to his friends and cronies.

They however met a notice placed on the departmental board dated 11th August, 2020, directing applicants to collect the forms at their respective local government areas.

Some of the applicants told Kano Focus that they were at the department to try their luck as they got wind that the forms were being shared by the selection committee chairman.

An intending applicant who pleads anonymity told Kano Focus that he got the form from his elder brother who is a staff of BUK.

“I run a business here at BUK Old Site, it was Prof. MD Mukhtar who gave me the form with his own hands and many people got the forms here in BUK”, another applicant said.

“We have some people that are working here in BUK. They are the ones who alerted us that we should come here becauses the forms were being shared”, says Abdullahi Aminu who is an intending applicant

“We want politicians and the selection committee chairman to be just because we heard that they are only sharing the forms to their cronies,” another job seeker Ahmad Abubakar begged.

Mr Mukhtar did not respond to several phone calls from Kano Focus to address the allegations.

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