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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.




Ahmed Musa signs short deal with Kano Pillars



Nasiru Yusuf

National captain Ahmed Musa is considering a proposition to play some matches for his former club in Nigeria, Kano Pillars, in a move hoped to boost the local league and maintain his personal fitness. 

Kano Focus reports that the 28-year-old, who is a free agent since leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr in October, had received offers from England, Russia and Turkey.

But as he mulls over his next European destination in the summer, the winger received a proposition from the governor of Kano, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Shehu Dikko, chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) for a short stint in Nigeria.

“After speaking with the governor and chairman of the LMC I am considering to play some games for Kano pillars,” the former Leicester City player told BBC Sport Africa.

“Anything that improves the image of Nigerian football is something that I strive to embark on and Kano Pillars holds a special place in my heart.

“It’s the team that helped me become the professional footballer I am today, so this is more than just football but a very strong bond,” Mr Musa said.

According to BBC a deal to bring Musa in has already been finalised.

Musa, who has built a training and fitness facilities in Kano to help grass roots football, scored 18 goals for Kano Pillars to finish as top scorer in the 2009/10 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

His desire to help promote the image of the domestic league on social media is what the LMC, which runs the NPFL, is hoping to benefit from this season.

Musa made his 96th appearance for Nigeria in their 3-0 win over Lesotho in Lagos in the Super Eagles final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

After Vincent Enyeama (101) and Joseph Yobo (100), Musa is Nigeria’s third most capped player in history, having played 96 matches since his debut aged just 17 in 2010.

He helped the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and played for them in the past two World Cups

Musa scored twice for Nigeria at the 2014 and 2018 Fifa World Cup tournaments to become the country’s top World Cup goalscorer.

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Kano destroys expired products worth over N90m




Nasiru Yusuf


The Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board has destroyed expired products worth N98 Million Naira.

Kano Focus reports that the items were apprehended at various market in the state.

Speaking shortly after the destruction, the Executive Secretary of the Board represented by the Director Environmental and Public Health Usman Rabiu Sadiq explained that, the exercise was aim at protecting public health against using hazardous products that may hamper their health especially during Ramadan fasting.

The Director stated that, the exercise was conducted after obtaining a court order granting the Board permission to destroy the products.

He called on people to be extra vigilant on consumables especially during Ramadan.

Kano Focus reports that the items destroyed include, drugs, baking powder, minerals and other exotics drinks.

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Kwankwaso left over N50bn liability for LGs 5km projects – Kano Govt



Rabiu Kwankwaso

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government said the administration of former Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso left a liability of N54, 408, 259, 638.05 billion for the five kilometre road projects across the 44 local government areas of the state.

Kano Focus reports that the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba dropped the hint on Sunday while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the state Executive Council Meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano.

He said the council received the report of the Technical Committee to assess the 5 km road projects all of which were awarded by the previous administration under the defunct Ministry of Land and Physical Planning with the state Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) as supervising agency.

Mr Garba said the committee visited 39 local governments where its detailed report indicated awarded contract sum for the projects, present site conditions, value of executed works, amount certified and amount released for the projects.

The commissioner pointed out that 5km projects in three local governments were revoked and rewarded due to non-performance in Warawa, Ungogo and Dawakin Tofa, while some portions of the projects in Tsanyawa and Bichi along Kano-Katsina road were released to the federal ministry of works and housing based on request from the federal government.

He said other three projects in Rimin Gado, Karaye and Bunkure local government that fall within main arterial highway were expunged from the main project and re-awarded separately for execution, while metropolitan local governments of Dala, Nassarawa, Gwale, Municipal and Tarauni were allotted various projects within the municipality as 5km projects.

Mr Garba pointed out that the council has approved the release of N607, 124, 663.47 million for the rehabilitation of Rimin Gado-Sabon Fegi-Jilli-Gulu road in Rimin Gado local government.

The commissioner stated that approval has also been given by the council for the conversion of the existing School of Post Basic Midwifery Gezawa to the status of School of Nursing Gezawa to broaden the platform for training of more qualified midwives in order to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in the state.

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