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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.




Security: Kano trains 5,504 Police constabulary to aid community Policing 



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje said his administration has trained 5,504 constabulary to support community policing.

KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje revealed this on Sunday while inaugurating Rano Emirate community policing committees in Doguwa local government area.

The governor explained how community policing strategy goes deeply into the fabric of Kano society, as a political entity.

While enumerating reasons behind the recorded achievements in the security of the state, governor said, “Our administration found it necessary to support community participation in the security of our state.”

“We have gone further by recruiting Police constabulary, who are assisting the security agencies. And also we are assisting the various community policing committees.

“We trained in Kaduna 704 graduates of Police Constabulary. Also for each of the rural local governments, the 36 local governments, we are training 100 Police constabulary. Making a total of 3,600 Police constabulary.”

“For the 8 metropolitan, local governments we are training 150 in each of the 8 local governments. Giving rise to 1,200 Police Constabulary. Having a total of 4,800 Police Constabulary in addition to 704 that have already been trained. Which all stands at 5,504 Police Constabulary now at hand.”

“Community participation, apart from community policing is necessary for us to achieve a desirable situation from all ramifications. As such, we are also inviting corporate social responsibility in the management of security situation in Kano state.”

Part of the factors that played an important role in the security situation in the state, he acknowledged and appreciated that, “Our security agencies have succeeded in building full synergy among themselves. And we have extended coordination in order to get security information and action in Kano state.

“We have to thank the Police, the Department for State Security (DSS), the Air Force, the Army, the Civil Defence (NSCDC), Immigration, Customs and Excise, Correctional Homes, traditional institutions, National Agency for the for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP), the Vigilante Groups, representatives of various communities, we have to thank them all. They are all contributing to the security situation in Kano state.”

Mr Ganduje he stressed that, “There is no doubt security is an issue of topical nature in Nigeria. Is an issue that bothers almost everybody, all governments in Nigeria. And is an issue that we must come altogether in order to solve it.

“We can see the effort of our security agencies that are working round the clock in order to keep Nigeria safe. In Kano state we are also conscious of the security of our state. Therefore we developed various strategies in order to secure Kano state.”

“First of all we examined the issue of metropolitan, Kano being a metropolitan city and a mega city, we have taken necessary steps in order to ensure the security of our own mega city.”

“We built what we call Security Dormitories on the major entrance of metropolitan Kano. That each of the dormitories houses 600 policemen. And also we have developed CCTV programme.

“Which is working very well. While the control room is with our security agencies. We have other technology employed in order to check security issues.”

In his remarks, the Emir of Rano, Kabiru Inuwa Muhammad, commended the effort being put by governor Ganduje in securing all parts of the state, with the Divine help from Almighty Allah.

He said, “Today is a historic day that we cannot forget. All our people are happy with this special event taking place in our Emirate, Rano Emirate. We are always ready to cooperate with your policies and programmes Your Excellency Sir. Especially this issue of community policing.”

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Ganduje donates N3.6m to families of Doguwa flood victims



Nasiru Yusuf
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has paid condolence visit to the families of 18 Doguwa flood victims and donated the sum of two hundred thousand Naira to each of the victims family.
KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje prayed for the repose of the departed souls of those who died as a result of the heavy downpour.
“When the information of this sad tragedy reached us we were seriously shocked. May Allah Forgive the victims, who died as martyrs, being washed away by flood. May He give them the ultimate reward of Jannatul Fiddaus, ameen,” the governor prayed.
Families of the victims expressed appreciation to the governor and his entourage and prayed to God to guide him in steering the affairs of the state.
It will be recalled that on July 23, about 18 persons including six members of a family have perished in a ghastly car accident in Doguwa Local Government Area.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kano State, Zubairu Mato, said the accident occurred when a bridge linking Riruwai and Doguwa broke down as a result of the heavy downpour, and the driver wasn’t aware that the bridge had broken down.
He explained that the vehicle plunged into the water, killing all the 18 passengers on board including six members of same family.
The family members have been identified as Bashir Doguwa, Malami Gidan-Tanimu, Safiya Mukhtar, Shahida Bashir, Fatima Rabi’u, Uzairu Bashir, all of Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State.
Doguwa and his family were on their way from Doguwa to First Lady Secondary School in Dambatta Local Government Area of the state to visit his daughter, Firdausi Bashir, who is among the students writing the ongoing NECO SSCE examinations.

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Kano records highest number of sickle cell patients in Nigeria



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state has the highest sickle cell patients in Nigeria, a consultant haematologist at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital said.

KANO FOCUS reports that Dalha Halliru Gwarzo disclosed this in an interview with Hospital’s newsletter as part of the 2021 World Sickle Cell day.

He added that Lagos is the second state with highest number of sickle cell cases in the country.

Mr Gwarzo said India, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria constituted 90% of the sickle cell patients worldwide.

On the causes of sickle cell disease, Mr Gwarzo said it is a genetic inherited disease from parents who are either SS, or AS genotype as a result of genetic condition or mutation of abnormal form of red blood cell.

He advocated for compulsory screening of infants after birth and school children, pre-marital counseling/tests, subsidising cost of medication/treatment and mass sensitisation campaign on dangers of the disease.

Mr Gwarzo noted that, although there is no known cure for sickle cell disease, but developed countries are using a high technology for manipulation of the genetic cells by bone marrow and stem cells transplant, which cost about fifteen million Naira in countries like United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Canada.

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