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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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Kidnapped Kano Kids: Emir’s comments out of order, disrespectful

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Kidnapped Kano Kids

Suleiman Ahmed

A serious crime – of kidnap, slavery and a change of name, culture and religion of children as young as six and seven – occurred, and instead of focusing on reuniting these kids with their parents and bringing relief to the affected communities, the Emir went on to blame the parents for “negligence,” and even called for their arrest, whilst ignoring or downplaying the actual despicable crime of kidnapping, slavery and a change of name, culture and religion of these children.

If someone like Femi Fani Kayode had made a similar comment, I would have called it a sponsored propaganda or gas lighting of the victims in order to deflect attention from the actual crime; I would have seen it as a ploy by an “enemy of the North” to humanize the kidnappers and slavers whilst making a monster of the grieving parents.

But this wasn’t Femi Fani Kayode or Nnamdi Kanu. This was the Emir; the supposed defender of the people.

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An American Example

This is not new. We see it all the time in the American media.

When the police kills an unarmed black boy, the US media, instead of focusing on the actual brutal cold murder of an innocent young black kid, diverts their attention and starts reporting on the bad things the kid may have done when he was alive, such as the time he punched someone in class or the time he stole cigarette from a shop.

They will also go on tell us how their was cannabis in his blood when he was killed, that he didn’t obey police instructions, that he was scaring other kids at the park with his toy gun, that why was he playing alone in the park with a toy gun? That he was raised by a single mother, that he was a gang member and so on and so forth.

All in a ploy to distract you from the main issue — a police officer had unjustly killed someone’s child.

By the time the media had finished blaming the victim, people would have become totally distracted from the actual crime of murder and begin to discuss other legitimate issue such as why kids steal cigarettes, the disadvantages and advantages of single parenting, gang violence and so on.

And before we know it, the actual crime of murder will take a back seat and some people will even begin to sympathise with the murderer.

Totally unfair

This is how deflection works. People discuss other legitimate issues just to distract you from the actual crime. This is why we should be able spot such ploys and call them out immediately.

So, when a crime has been committed, except you’ve been paid as a spin doctor or propagandist to deflect from the actual issue, it’s best to focus on the crime itself and ensure the victims get all the support they need.

Trying to muddle up other legitimate issues, such Almajiri with this evil crime of kidnap and slavery, at this particular point in time is totally unfair and disrespectful to the kids, their parents and family members.

Maybe some of those kids were abandoned kids, but we have zero evidence of that. What we know for now is that many of them were kidnapped on their way to school or while playing outside of their own house.

What we are doing right now, without realising it, is making otherwise very good parents pay for the negative stereotypes of the people of their ethnic group just as the African-American victims are victimised using negative stereotypes of their people.

This compounds the problems for the victims and for their own Emir to be the driver of it this time around is completely disappointing and sad.

The Hausa factor

The Hausa ethnic group has become the bogeyman in Nigeria. They get the blame for everything. Their religion and culture are blamed when someone from amongst them does something wrong. Their religion and culture are also blamed even when they are the victims of a crime.

If this was a gang of Hausa Muslims that kidnapped young university girls from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and sold them to slavery in Libya, I can assure you, no one would be assuming or saying those girls were university prostitutes even though female university prostitution is rife at our universities.

For it would be totally disrespectful and insulting to insinuate that that’s what those poor girls were at the time of their kidnap.

Also, when Ese Oruru eloped with her Hausa boyfriend to the north, I didn’t see you people blaming her mother for not raising her properly or for negligence — for what kind of a mother raises a kid that runs away with a boy from Bayelsa to far away Kano?

It is wrong

The hypocrisy is clear and needs to be called out.

I probably wouldn’t have had an issue if this was said by people like Femi Fani Kayode or Nnamdi Kanu, that’s their job — of making a monster of the Hausa ethnic group and Muslims by extension.

But for the Emir to help them do such a fantastic job is totally out of order and an absolute disgrace.

He needs to retract his statement and offer an unreserved apology to the parents of those poor kids, who are the victims of a very despicable crime.

He was wrong and should own up to it.

Suleiman Ahmed, a Software Engineer and Writer tweets from @sule365.

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Sex for marks and the culture of victim blaming

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Victim Blaming

Hadiza S. Ibrahim

The ‘sex for grades’ phenomenon uncovered by the BBC Africa Eye documentary in the University of Lagos was published on YouTube on October 7, 2019, and has gone viral in the social media. This has led to a domino’s effect in other higher institutions.

In response to this, some commentators are of the view that it is not only the universities’ male lecturers that are to be blamed, but the female students should be blamed even more. They argue that some female students lead the lecturers on or seduce them by making sexual advances to the lecturers privately in their offices when they fail to meet up pass marks.

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However, even though some female students seduce male lecturers into having sex for grades, we cannot dispute that female students stand at more risk of being pressurized and exploited by male lecturers in the pursuit for sex for marks. There are more facts of vulnerability as seen in the documentary, from the side of the female students who are sometimes underage and become victims of sexual harassment from male lecturers at different variations ranging from verbal or physical abuses, blackmail, molestation or rape.

For the lecturers, they stand no risk at all. First, they have a choice, whether to fall into the temptation of their female students’ sexual advancement or turn them down. If they agree to the advances of their female students, they end up not as victims but rather as counterparts to the criminal offenses.

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On the other hand, the female students who are sexually harassed by their male lecturers find themselves victimized. They are left with the choice of either being sexually abused or stand the risk of forgoing their grades; or in some instance, repeating a class/year of academic study, or even get withdrawn from the school. Consequently, such female students stand the risk of being oppressed, silenced and depressed. In some cases, where there is no immediate help, with no justice after being threatened by their predators, such female students go as far as attempting suicide because of trauma from the experience of sexual harassment, molestation or even rape.

In cases where lecturers are reported, the authorities are reluctant in implementing policies regarding criminal offenders or do nothing about it. This has led to a culture of impunity among the lecturers. For example, in the BBC Sex for Grades documentary there is even room commonly known as the ‘cold room’ in the Senior Staff Club of the University of Lagos where lecturers have affairs with students openly.

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So, the question is, who is at a greater risk of being victimized, the female students or the male lecturers? The gravity or effect of these occurrences in the lives of the victims is what is of greater concern.

Hadiza S. Ibrahim is a Life Coach based in Kano

 

 

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Sex for marks: Blame the students

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Sex for marks

Abba Ibrahim Gwale

The BBC has indeed conducted an excellent investigation into the sexual harassment of female university students by the lecturers, but I blame the students more.

A lecturer once told me that one of his female students came late to a test. After the test, the student entered another class, ruffled her dress, and exposed half her breasts, retouched her make-up and approached the lecturer’s office. Before going, she confided to her friends that she was going to seduce the lecturer into giving her another test.

Unknown to her, a male student overheard her and reported to the lecturer. The moment she entered the office, the lecturer shouted at her to get out. From that day she had been avoiding the lecturer.

Another lecturer told me that a female student once told him that she couldn’t pass his examination however much she tried and was therefore willing to give him whatever he wanted from her.

“Whatever I want?” he asked her.

“Yes, you do understand what I mean.” She replied.

Also, when I was in Level 200, one of my female course mates was unable to submit an assignment on schedule. She went and wore a revealing dress and knocked on the lecturer’s door. Fortunately for him, he wasn’t in.

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I know another lecturer who received a text message from a female student after she had sat for his exam. In the text, she wrote that she knew she didn’t perform well but needed to pass the exam. She therefore was willing to offer herself to him. She ended the message by begging him to tell her where he would like to meet her.

There is another lecturer who was told by a married woman that she was willing to have sex with him if only she would pass his course. She even urged him not to waste time as her husband was about to return from a journey.

There is yet another lecturer who I found in a sad mood in his office. He told me that he was about to terminate his employment with the university. When I asked him for a reason, he confided that his students have been trying to seduce him. He narrated a lot of stories regarding several female students.

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This problem is also prevalent in secondary schools where many male teachers suffer from the seductive cravings of female students.

However this is not to absolve the lecturers from blame as they are also guilty of harassing students sexually. In fact, the lecturers initiated the problem by demanding sex from their students. Nevertheless the students have become willing partners in this heinous crime.

Abba Ibrahim Gwale is a journalist based in Kano.

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