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Fifth columnists and Ganduje-Sanusi relations

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Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II

Ibrahim Ado Kurawa

So much has been said and written on the relationship between the two leaders that became sour in 2017 before the recent escalation in Ramadan of 2019. The intervention of national leaders brought a truce.

However the beneficiaries of the crisis who are the fifth columnists did not relent in their efforts even this week. The Nation newspaper carried a story that Emir Sanusi has sacked his aide for welcoming Ganduje. The story has been kept alive in the social media and even further with additional coverage by the foreign media. This is because the fifth columnists want to maintain their positions.

They are in two categories those close to the Governor who have written and spoken that there was no reconciliation between the Governor and the Emir. Some of them have even vowed that they will never allow any peace between the two leaders, hence the escalation of this story in the media.

The second category, are those in the Emir’s Palace. Most of them have moved to Bichi but they still have sympathizers who are still in the palace. They are more diabolical because of their hatred for the Emir as a result of envy and they don’t even care that they are destroying the Dabo heritage.

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These collaborators are not happy that both the Governor and the Emir are no more concerned about any differences. The Governor visited the Emir in Abuja and the Emir was at the Government House recently. All these are signs of peace for the benefit of Kano but these fifth columnists have vowed never to allow peace. In fact one of them made such an evil declaration in my presence.

Who is Maja Sirdi?

Anyone remotely connected to the Emir’s Palace knows that the person allegedly sacked is so inconsequential in the traditional and bureaucratic hierarchies. He is the Maja Sirdi a slave titleholder in-charge of the saddles and not even the horses used by the Emir. In the traditional hierarchy he is under Shamaki who turbans and disciplines him. The Emir does not even appoint him. So how can he even sack him?

But now he has wide coverage making spurious claims and statements. Apparently he is being used because those supporting this evil action cannot come out and speak ill of the Emir. In fact I even overheard one of them who is a representative of one of the District Heads saying they will only expose the Emir and that they will not harm the legacy of his predecessor. They think by destroying Emir Sanusi they are promoting his relatives who contested the Emirship along with him.

As for those in the APC Kano State Government some of them are not happy that the crisis is ending. The Governor and Emir have met twice since their first meeting in Abuja and have continued with their normal cordial relationship.

Emir promoting Kano

The Emir is currently leading the State Delegation to Shandong City in Peoples Republic of China. He is leading the Delegation because the Chinese Government has extended invitation to him to attend their cultural exchange program every year. But after his first visit the Emir said, he cannot be tourist therefore he informed the Chinese authorities that he wants economically beneficial trips annually. He wants investment for Kano in his capacity as the Chairman of the State’s Economic Advisory Committee.

As a man of knowledge the Emir does not do things unprepared hence he made the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance the study on the industrialization of Kano. The Bank commissioned McKensy an international consulting firm and the study was conducted successfully. And it was presented to the Governor who was also very happy.

The Emir is aware that it takes much time and persistence for the investors from China to make investment in the leather industry as they did in Ethiopia hence he remained consistent in his pursuit investments. This is his major target because he is involved in the multi-billion electric power investment in Ethiopia therefore he is aware of the Chinese investments in that country.

Ignorant Legislator

While the Emir is still on an economic mission for the State along with the Deputy Governor and other members of the State Economic Advisory Committee, some members of the National Assembly visited the Governor in Abuja according to a widely circulated social media clip. One of them stood up and spoke disrespectfully to the Governor because he lacked the Islamic decorum.

This is because he said the Governor is too patient and that the time for patience is over. No educated and morally upright Muslim will do this. Patience is a virtue. Only an ignorant person will consider it, a vice or weakness. In fact our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon) said it is strength. Allah has called on the believers to be patient but here is an ignorant member of the National Assembly calling on the Governor to abandon patience and embrace the path of hate.

This same member of the National Assembly made a speech at a rally calling for violence against opponents. In the widely circulated video clip this member of the National Assembly said the Governor’s patience is enough and that the Governor has strong loyalists who were present including him and the State APC Chairman who is also from the royalty.

He referred to the alleged sacking of the palace sub-staff for welcoming the Governor and that it should not be tolerated. He insinuated that the Emir is nothing and that the Governor should deal with him. This is the point of attention. It is very dangerous. They have tried everything possible to get at the Emir. It is even circulated that the Governor has vowed to remove the Emir immediately after the declaration of his victory by the tribunal and let heavens fall.

What is wrong with Kano

Something is definitely wrong in Kano. Why is it that some people want to remove the Emir by all means? How can the issue of a sub-staff in the Palace be of importance at a meeting of some of the most important Government and party functionaries?

Suddenly the sub-staff released another video making all manner of allegations and abuses. A senior member of the National Assembly rising up, to call on Governor to do something because someone is alleged, to have been sacked by the Emir. The same person allegedly sacked then goes on air abusing the Emir after the release of the video clip of the member of the National Assembly instigating the Governor.

Within this period a national officer of a national guild was also invited by one of the law enforcement agencies and one of his crimes is that he is supporting the Emir who is being “rude” to the Governor as they alleged. What kind of a society is this? Here is a ranking member of the National Assembly calling on the Governor to cease being patient and allow them to deal with anyone especially the Emir. Does it mean they have nothing to discuss, despite the myriad of problems?

The Governor and the Emir recently launched school materials for the free education program. Isn’t this program important enough for discussion? Kano State has over four million pupils in public primary and junior secondary schools learning almost nothing. This has led many donor agencies to declare Kano State as one of the worst places on the planet.

Isn’t this pervasive lack of quality education for children more important issue than the sacking of the Emir who has gone on a trip soliciting for investments for the state? So many investors have rejected Kano because of our crude politics aired in local radio stations that portray a deeply divided and confused society steered by charlatans like this member of the National Assembly.

Ganduje’s Legacy

What kind of politicians do people of Kano State have? They have nothing to tell the Governor only to sit up and sack the Emir. How can this kind of people be of any use to the Governor and the State? What kind of legacy does the Governor want to bequeath?

This same member of the National Assembly used to carry the shoes of former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and he became one of the few politicians who challenged the former Governor to come out for violent confrontation.

What Governor Ganduje needs to do is to follow injunctions of Allah and his Prophet (SAW) who called on the believers to be patient and merciful to fellow human beings not what these charlatans are telling him. Both Governor Ganduje and Emir Sanusi must discard all those calling for enmity and not peace and magnanimity. Governor Ganduje needs support to govern properly and steer the State to progress ensuring a right legacy. The next three years are very important to him. It is time for reflection on what happened to his predecessors who listened to this kind of charlatans.

Emir Sanusi is useful to the world not only Kano that is why the United Nations appointed him an Advocate of the Sustainable Development Goals along with a President of Ghana, Prime Minister of Norway and Her Majesty the Queen of Belgium. No Nigerian has ever been so honored in recent times. Every Nigerian is proud of him including President Muhammadu Buhari who was at the United Nations General Assembly and at the launching of Sustainable Development Goals of which Emir Sanusi is the only Nigerian in the team of the Eminent Advocates.

And here in Kano a charlatan is calling on the Governor to destroy a global personality. What a shame!

Ibrahim Ado Kurawa, public affairs analyst can be reached at ibrahimado@yahoo.com

 

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Remembering Ja’afar Mahmud Adam

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Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga

Sheikh Ja’afar foresaw the imminent monster called Boko Haram, but was brutally silenced by the assassins bullets!

Today marks the 14th Anniversary of the assassination  Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam, who was fatally shot by yet to be identified gunmen on April 13, 2007. His death was like a defoliation of the tallest tree in the forest of knowledge. He was one of the greatest preachers that ever lived; he was a scholar par excellence. In fact, he defies all the superlatives that you can ever find in  the dictionary.

Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam was not only famous for his erudition, but also for his amazing ability to foresee an imminent danger(what today becomes known as Boko Haram). He posed the most potent intellectual challenge to the outlandish and poisonous extremist ideas of Muhammad Yusuf, the notorious Boko Haram founder. He advised Yusuf, his former student, to renounce those dangerous ideas and apologize to his blind followers for misleading them.

Caught between ego and doing the right thing, Muhammad Yusuf rejected the advice because he didn’t want to lose face by admitting to his brainwashed followers that he was wrong. The rest is history. We are today paying heavily for his stubborn resistance to reason. His poisonous ideas have so deeply settled in the hearts and minds of his credulous Boko Haram  followers that they thought God is on their side and that  any Muslim  who opposes their violent extremism is automatically an infidel or an enemy.

Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam was thus vindicated; the grave danger he foresaw is now consuming us, destroying lives, schools and disrupting our social and economic life. Since 2009, more than 15,000 lives were destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorism. Because extremism paralyses a man’s capacity to think and reason, the terrorists are not even perturbed by the consequences of their atrocities, let alone give a moment’s thought to compassion and humanity.

I won’t challenge anyone who thinks Boko Haram had a hand in Adam’s death because putting two and two together, it is impossible not to reach that conclusion. Because of their extreme brutality, taking out a scholar who represented the greatest intellectual challenge to their poisonous ideas is not beyond them.

May the soul Adam continue to rest in peace! May Allah  forgive his shortcomings and eternally  reward his great deeds! Amin!

NOTE: I originally wrote this tribute to Sheikh Jafar Adam on April 13, 2018. As we mark the 14th Anniversary of his dastardly assassination today, I find it worthy to reproduce the tribute. He was an extraordinary scholar that deserves such honour.

Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga is a media consultant at Atiku media organization

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Meet unsung court registrar, Ustaz Sunusi Khalifa

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Ustaz Sunusi Khalifa, Principal Registrar of Chief Magistrate Court 9, Nomansland.

Sunusi Umar Sadiq

When our courts’ business has for long become a cash and carry business, when the attention your case gets depends on the amount of money you give, when everything smells and breathes of money, when even the welcome you get depends on how much you give, there stands out one person, alone on a very high moral ground, and to whom public service is a sacred trust that must be discharged against all odds, without expecting any benefits in return. His name is Sunusi (Khalifa). He is the Principal Registrar of Chief Magistrate Court 9, Nomansland.

He doesn’t ask for money. He is too noble to do that. Not only that, he only takes what is necessary from lawyers to render the services they require, compilation of record of proceedings in most cases.

I once gave him money as ‘deposit’ with the intention of giving him more when I came back for the records. He insisted that the ‘deposit’ was enough and I shouldn’t care to pay anything more. At another time I gave him what other registrars will definitely ask for more. Khalifa insisted that I should reduce something out of it as the amount I gave was too much for what I wanted.

For Khalifa, his salary is his consideration for which he is under an obligation to discharge duties. While other registrars will demand thousand of Naira to enroll order and have it signed, Khalifa does that as a matter of course, a normal course of business.

It is a pity that this rare gentleman is unheard and unsung. I have not heard of any award of excellence for him from the Branches, the MULAN or any other organization or association.

Heaven rewards. The world appreciates. I will be glad if Khalifa gets appreciated though he is not in need of it. It will, however, send a very strong message to those who make our court some sort of market places and our machinery of justice (or is it machinery of law) a booming business in which every situation is exploitable.

Kudos, bravo and gracias to my namesake. We are aware of your gentle and sterling qualities and I personally always tell your story. And I do so in the most colorful of language. Something like this:

‘There is a court registrar that never asks for money. If you need anything he only takes the exact cost. If you give him more than that, he will return the surplus and say “wannan kudin ai ya yi yawa”.’

Barrister Sunusi Umar Sadiq is a legal practitioner based in Kano

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RE: In defense of Salihu Tanko Yakasai

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Salihu Tanko Yakasai

Salihu Tanko Yakasai

The above article written by Sule Yau Sule, the spokesperson of Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, might seem like a defence against my unlawful detention on 26th February 2021 in Kano, but soon after the first paragraph, it morphed into an attack on me while I was still in detention.

Though the writer superficially intended to “defend” me against the injustice meted against me for justifiably and conscientiously expressing my opinion on the current drift of the country toward cul-de-sac in apparent deviation from the vision of the ruling party to take the country away from the abyss in 2015, Sule Ya’u Sule ended up castigating me for simply exercising my constitutional rights of freedom of speech as enshrined in the constitution.

The article also bordered around ethics and professionalism of the work of a spokesperson as highlighted by the learned writer. If he had stopped there, one would have taken it objectively and picked all the lessons therein, which truly, are valid and worthy of being noted. Unfortunately, the writer digressed far away from the subject matter and delved into politics, bringing to the forefront a grudge he has been nurturing against me for over a decade, because we were on opposing sides politically with his principal when we were in the defunct ANPP.

To set the record straight, I joined APP back in December 2000 and a couple of years later, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau equally joined partisan politics and contested for the governorship election in 2003. When I joined politics, Alhaji Al-Amin Ibrahim Little was the leader of the party in the state, but when he lost the party to Shekarau and decamped to PRP, I remained in APP and went on to serve as the returning officer for Shekarau’s election, which he eventually won largely due to Buhari’s huge influence. But soon after that, Shekarau drew the line against us, Buhari’s supporters in the state, which birthed our rivalry with the Shekarau’s camp. My political mentor then was Hon. Balarabe Wakili who was instrumental in Shekarau becoming a member of the APP at that time. This was the genesis of our crises in Kano APP which led to our exit from the party in 2011 to form CPC.

I was in my mid 30s during the 2011 general elections and, of course, I went all out in my attacks on Shekarau which I later regretted and posted on my Facebook page, apologising for such a behavior; a post which is still there on my page if he wishes to look it up. I do remember Sule Ya’u Sule’s call one evening, a few days before I made the apology, and in that call, he gave me some sound advice on the choice of words whenever criticising Shekarau, a point I took to heart, and unlike what he has stated in his recent article, I have never attacked Shekarau again after that phone call till date.

Now back to the part of the article in which he has talked about ethics and what not. I am a person that take corrections to heart and I have picked all his points like a student in his class. But you see, the funny part about life is that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Let me refresh Sule Ya’u Sule’s memory about how when he was the spokesperson of the then Governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, he fabricated a letter allegedly from the EFCC claiming that Shekarau had been cleared of all charges, which turned out to be a big lie, thereby causing a huge embarrassment to his principal to the extent that he was suspended for six months only to be reinstated after several pleas and interventions.

As stated by Sule in his article, “A spokesperson’s best tools are decorum, decency, belief and passion.” So I ask Sule, is embarrassing your principal also among the tools of a spokesperson? May I also ask, what punishment did he receive from NIPR at that time? If he did not receive any, perhaps he should include it in his note to the professional body in order to come up with a suitable punishment against others that will try to emulate him and ridicule their principals with fake clearance letters.

Let me also take this opportunity to set the record straight on the issue of my comments that resulted in my unlawful detention. I neither planned it nor did I have the intention of provoking such reactions. It was a spontaneous reaction on my part triggered by a number of the recent rise of insecurity in the country particularly in the north. I have personally suffered two major security issues in the last four months; the murder of my younger sister’s husband in Bauchi in front of my sister and her kids and the kidnapping of my sister’s husband’s younger brother in his house in Kaduna. N5 million had to be paid as a ransom to secure his release and in the process of raising the money, armed robbers carted away N1 million of the amount. I was certainly not thinking about ethics when I reacted to the devastating news of the abduction of the over 300 Zamfara girls. I believe anyone with a tiny bit of conscience will certainly be moved by the abduction.

Perhaps Sule is too pre-occupied with enforcing PR ethics of a spokesperson that he has lost all his conscience to the extent that he cannot see that I am a human, which comes first, before any ethics or even a temporary position that I will not occupy for life.

On a final note, though Sule is a PhD holder in Mass Communications and a professional by all standards in the field, both in terms of qualifications and experience, when it comes to human relations, I believe he is merely a kindergarten pupil. If he truly regards me as a brother as he had claimed in the article, he would not have written such a politicised opinion at a moment when I was still in unlawful detention and my family and friends were equally terrified as to what might happen to me. Irrespective of whether I was out of line or not, that is certainly not the action of someone you consider a brother. I remember when I was first appointed as the Director-General, Media in 2016, the first thing I did was to pay a visit to my predecessors to seek for their blessings and guidance, namely: Baba Halilu Dantiye, late Umar Saidu Tudun Wada and Sule Ya’u Sule. Sule promised to provide me with all the support I needed to execute my work, but little did I know that he was holding a decade-long grudge against me. Indeed with friends like Sule, who needs enemies?

Salihu Tanko Yakasai (Dawisu) is the Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Community Kano Hub of the World Economic Forum. 

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