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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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Electronic transmission of results: The joke is on NASS, INEC, not NCC  

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Aliyu Momodu

In the heat of the debate over Electoral Act Amendment Bill and the propriety and workability of electronic transmission of result, the House of Representatives invited the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, the nation’s telecoms regulator.

The House also invited the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to answer to some questions. But as it has now turned out, the invitation to NCC was needless, baseless and at best a futile exercise in red-herring. The NCC, it must be stated, is one of the best performing public institutions in Nigeria with its exemplary culture of good corporate governance noised abroad even as far as Switzerland, the head office of the International Telecommunications Union, ITU.

The NCC has over the years become a worthy Ambassador of Africa in the ITU family. It has not only represented Africa on the international circuit, it has sponsored young Nigerian techies and tech nerds to ITU-promoted competitions on innovation and in most cases, these fecund Nigerians have come out tops, beating competitors from Asia, Europe and the rest of the world. NCC has functioned as a truly independent regulator, inspiring confidence in investors, telecom consumers and other stakeholders including the media. It was therefore needless and a clear act of mischief to drag such an untainted commission into the nation’s murky political waters.

Dragging the commission to testify before the House on the feasibility of electronic transmission of results is mischievous on the part of the lawmakers. It’s a joke taken too far by a body that was supposed to understand the basics of the nation’s Grundnorm, the constitution. They feigned ignorance of relevant sections of the constitution just to scapegoat the NCC and make themselves look squeaky clean.

The Senate itself was fraudulent and duplicitous when it pushed the responsibility of Electronic Transmission of result to the NCC in spite of what the constitution says about the powers of INEC to determine the electoral process including the pattern of voting and mode of transmission of result. Some senators, including the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, a man who once desecrated the hallowed chamber when he sponsored and promoted in broad daylight the ignoble venture of stealing the Mace, the symbolic authority of the Senate, were quick to quote obviously false statistics which they dubiously ascribed to the NCC. What a show of shame that persons elected to make laws for the good governance of the nation and who should know the rudiments of extant laws including the constitution would feign ignorance of aspects of the law that makes utter nonsense of their tomfoolery and moral somersaults in the chambers of the Senate.

For the avoidance of doubt, Section 78 of the Constitution provides that ‘The Registration of voters and the conduct of elections shall be subject to the direction and supervision of the Independent National Electoral Commission’.”

The Third Schedule, Part 1,F, Section15 says: “INEC has power to organise, undertake and supervise all elections to the offices of the President, Vice President, Governor and Deputy Governor of a state, and to the membership of the Senate, the House of Representatives and the House of Assembly of each state of the Federation.”

The Constitution further provides that INEC operations shall not be subject to the direction of anybody or authority.”

This, therefore, renders the action of the NASS nugatory. By inviting NCC and INEC shunning its own invitation, it appears the House was acting a devious and utterly treacherous script intended to do harm to the purity of the electoral process, and only conscripted NCC into the plot to draw legitimacy from the globally acknowledged good governance rectitude of the telecom regulator. It was a wrong decision meant to hoodwink Nigerians and clearly intended to make the lawmakers smell like rose flower while the NCC and INEC appear like villains of a political plot.

Electronic transmission of result is not rocket science. It is a universal norm in the 21st century. Smaller and poorer nations across the globe have achieved electronic transmission of result even with their limited infrastructure, Nigeria should not be an exception. It’s as simple as sending a text message, WhatsApp message or using any other platform recommended by INEC, not NCC, not NASS. Even if network is weak or non-existent in a particular unit, moving further away from such unit until you access a place of better network still will not vitiate the authenticity of the result already tallied at the polling units. The electronic copy only complements the physical copy which must have been signed by all agents relevant to the election. Electronic copy as a back-up copy helps to strengthen the electoral process and reduce incidents of ballot-snatching and primitive manipulation of the physical copy. There ought not to be a debate on this especially when INEC, the only body mandated by the constitution to organize, undertake and supervise all elections has categorically stated that it can achieve electronic transmission of results.

The joke truly is on NASS and an inconsistent INEC.

Aliyu Momodu, is a public affairs analyst.

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Unusual signs may emerge on Laylatul Qadr – Alakarmawi

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Sheikh Muhammad Nazifi Alkarmawi

Nasiru Yusuf

A renowned Islamic scholar in Kano Sheikh Muhammad Nazifi Alkarmawi said it is sometimes possible to witness unusual signs on Laylatul Qadr.

Kano Focus reports that Sheikh Alkarmawi revealed this while delivering his Friday sermon.

He said Laylatul Qadr is one of the most sacred nights in Islam found in the last ten days of Ramadan.

According to him it is sometimes possible to witness unusual signs on the night.

Some of the signs highlighted by the Imam is the night is serene, quiet and shining where the temperature is neither hot nor cold and the moon shines clearly.

Sheikh Alkarmawi said Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him used to double effort in the last ten days of Ramadan aimed at witnessing the night.

He described as a weak a narration wich declared twenty seventh night of Ramadan as Laylatul Qadr, and urged adherents to seek the night in the last ten days of the holy month.

On the recommended acts in the night, Sheikh Muhammad Nazifi Alkarmawi cited a hadith narrated by Nana Aisha which prophet taught Muslims to recite ‘Allahumma innaka afuwun, tuhibbul afwa, fa’afu anna.

He also admonished faithful on supplication, forgiveness, upholding good deeds and assisting the needy.

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Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu at 65

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Professor Abdalla Adamu

By Ibrahim Sheme

On this day, April 25, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, clocked 65 years.

He was the VC of NOUN from 2016 to February 11, 2021. When his tenure ended, he returned to his former duty post at Bayero University, Kano, but then took sabbatical work as Visitor at Kaduna State University (KASU), Kaduna, on March 1, this year.

Born in Kano City on April 25, 1956, Adamu is unarguably one of the leading academic lights in Nigeria. He obtained a professorship each in Science Education and in Media and Cultural Communication, both from Bayero University, in 1997 and 2012 respectively. Indeed, he is one of very few academics in the country to have attained the feat of a double professorship.

Adamu is an international scholar, having taught media and science education courses in many Nigerian universities and around the world, including serving as a European Union Visiting Professor at University of Warsaw, Poland, in 2012, visiting professor, Rutgers University, New Jersey, and visiting professor, University of Florida in 2010. He was also Fulbright African Senior Research Scholar in 1991.

One other remarkable achievement he recorded was the development of ‘hooked’ Hausa language character font sets (ɓ Ɓ ɗ Ɗ ƙ Ƙ), which were not present at the advent of the Internet. The emergence of these fonts, which he created as part of his various extracurricular activities, has helped many authors, publishers, scholars, students and ordinary users in conveying the Hausa language in a way that it should be written.

Two years ago, on a day like this, I penned a birthday tribute to Professor Adamu to help celebrate his 63rd anniversary. In that write-up I did not dwell on his unfolding accomplishments at NOUN in the area of infrastructural development of the university because others had done so already. Instead, I emphasised on the then VC’s human relation, which I have always found unique. And I wrote: “On that score Prof. Abdalla has remained the same person I have known for about two decades – easy-going, humorous and understanding towards all. I think this essence is a great contributory factor to the achievements he is making as a leader and chief executive.

“His approachability is rare. I know chief executives who are ‘feared’ – and consequently loathed – by those working under them because of their stiffness and unbendability. Some, you strictly need an appointment to see them, and their secretaries become lords because they emulate the ‘man inside’.  Not Baba Prof (as we used to call him). He runs an open door policy, with a  secretary (Esther) just as approachable and nice as he is.

“Once you get into his office, you immediately feel at home. He has a joke for everyone. You will never find him mirthless or sad as if the whole world rests on his shoulders. If it is lunch-time, he offers you his food.

“That sense of humanity, for me, are as important as the infrastructure he is putting on ground at NOUN. That sensibility, plus the infrastructure and the policy transformation, will no doubt count as his best legacies when his tenure ends in February, 2021.”

I daresay many at NOUN would remember him for such virtue. Happily, his successor as VC, Professor Olufemi A. Peters, is another approachable chief executive who doesn’t put on airs. Even though the two men do not necessarily share the same character traits, one can say there are several points of convergence that one can easily point at – but that is a story for another day.

Meanwhile, I’d like to use this opportunity to wish Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu happy birthday and many happy returns.

Sheme is the Director, media and publicity at National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja

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