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Stop creation of new emirates to avoid tragic end–Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi warns Ganduje



By Nazifi Dawud

Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, a revered Islamic scholar and foremost spiritual leader of the Tijjaniya sect in Nigeria has warned Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to shelve plans to restore his four first-class emirates, which were dissolved by a Kano high court.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje had transmitted a new executive bill to the Kano State House of Assembly seeking to re-create the four controversial emirates in Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye, after they were nullified by court.

On November 21, 2019 Justice Usman Na’abba had ruled that the Kano assembly did not follow due process in passing the law that established the additional emirates.

However, in a statement on Monday, Malam Muhammad Garba, the state commissioner for information, said the creation of the new emirates “was…informed by the need to bring traditional institution closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.”

Mr Garba added that “some of these Emirate have even pre-dated Kano in ancient times, while the effort to revive them during the Second Republic was short-lived.”

The creation of the additional emirates is widely believed to be a ploy by Mr Ganduje to whittle down the influence of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II over perceived political differences.

‘Bad news’

But in an audio clip obtained by BBC Hausa, Sheikh Bauchi expressed dismay with Mr Ganduje’s decision to re-introduce a bill to restore the nullified emirates.

He advised the governor to shelve any plans to create additional emirates in the state in the interest of peace.

“As a leader of the Tijjaniya sect, I heard a bad news that Governor (Abdullahi) Ganduje is still trying to restore those emirates that have been dissolved by court. I heard he had asked members of the state assembly to give him the chance to restore the sacked emirates. So, I am begging Ganduje in the name of Allah and the Noble Prophet (Muhammad), to promote peace in Nigeria not only in Kano.

“All of us members of Tijjaniya in Nigeria are in support of the Kano Emirate and the Kano Emirate Council. Anything that affects the Kano Palace also affects us and we won’t allow it.

“I am therefore, drawing the governor’s attention to cancel his plans and accept the decision of the court which has restored Kano to the way it was for more than 1,000 years,” the cleric said.

‘Spiritually powerful’

“What is best for (Ganduje) is to be at peace with the people and stop attracting curses and calamitous prayers for himself. There are many of us in Tijjaniya and all of us not only in Nigeria are fully supporting the Kano Emirate because it brought Shehu Ibrahim Nyass to Nigeria and even Africa.

“We will never forget the good thing the Emirate did to us. So we are with them and we are against anyone that opposes them. I am drawing the Governor’s attention not to cause trouble and unrest for us. All Tijjaniya members are with the Emir of Kano (Muhammad Sanusi II). I am warning that whatever affects that Emirate affects us all and we will not allow it. Even though we are not strong physically but we have spiritual powers. So, I am calling on Ganduje to leave Kano alone the way he and his parents met it.

“The white man (colonialists) came and did his nonsense for 60 years but he never mutilated and dismembered Kano the way Ganduje is doing, the military also came and left Kano the way they met it, so he should also admonish himself and avoid trouble and leave Kano the way Allah allowed it to be for centuries,” the Islamic scholar warned.

‘Terrible idea’

“Dismembering Kano is a terrible idea, (Ganduje) should stay away from it to avoid terrible curses and evil prayers against his person by Tijjaniya followers. Even Shehu Dan Fodio and his children like Mohammad Bello and his brother Abdullahi had acknowledged that Kano is a blessed land.

“Shehu Ibrahim (Nyass) also said even though he had left Kano, but his mind was with Kano and he had repeatedly blessed Kano because his faithful followers were in Kano.

“So, I am repeating my advise to Ganduje, he should desist from dismembering and mutilating Kano and leave it alone the way he and his parents met it. He should concentrate on ending his public career peacefully without attracting evil prayers and terrible curses

“He should strive to have a peaceful end not a terrible one. I hope Governor Ganduje has heard this and would follow my advice,” Sheikh Bauchi added.


Lady rescued after ten years in solitary confinement in parents’ home



Aisha Jibrin


Nasiru Yusuf

Police in Kano said they have rescued a fifteen year old Aisha Jibrin of Darerawa Quarters, Fagge local government area who was kept in solitary confinement by her parents for ten years without proper feeding and health care.

Kano Focus reports that the police spokesperson Abdullahi Kiyawa in a statement issued on Tuesday said the police have also arrested the mother of the victim Rabi Muhammad, and efforts is in progress to arrest the father who is currently at large.

Mr Kiyawa said the victim was rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano where she is currently receiving treatment.

“The Kano State Police Command wishes to inform members of the general public that on the 19/04/2021 at about 1100hrs, information received revealed that one Aisha Jibrin, ‘f’, 15 years old of Darerawa Quarters, Fagge LGA Kano State was solitarily confined for ten (10) years in a room by her biological parents, one Mohd Jibrin, ‘m’, and Rabi Mohd, ‘f’, of the same address inside their house without proper feeding and health care.

“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, *CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi* raised and instructed a Medical Team and a team of Detectives to proceed to the scene, rescue the victim and arrest the culprits.

“The teams immediately swung in to action. The victim was rescued and rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano and admitted,” Mr Kiyawa said.

Mother of the victim Rabi Muhammad

He said the police commissioner Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko has ordered the transfer of the case to the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department for discrete investigation.

In another development a widow of Former Divisional Police Officer, Gani Division Kano Rabiu Adamu Jenta has handed over a laptop computer and printer to Kano police command.

Computer and printer handed over to police by the widow of Mr Jenta

She said at the point of death, her late husband has left a will that “the Laptop Computer and the printer be handed to Gani Division, because he bought them to be used in the division.”

While receiving the gadgets, the commissioner prayed for the deceased policeman and called on others to emulate the good conduct of the widow.

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Ganduje, Dantata reconcile Aliko Dangote, Abdussamad Rabiu



Aliko Dangote, Aminu Dantata, Abdullahi Ganduje and Abdussamada Rabi'u

Nasiru Yusuf 

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and renowned business mogul, Aminu Alhassan Dantata, Kano Emirate and the Kano State Council of Imams have reconciled  the two illustrious sons of Kano, Aliko Dangote and Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u. 

Kano Focus reports that both parties, chairman of Dangote Group of companies and chairman BUA Group of companies, agreed to work together and supply enough sugar to satisfy the demand of the country.

A statement issued by Ganduje’s spokesperson Abba Anwar said the reconciliation meeting took place at Kano Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, Wednesday, which put a stop to all rumours making round that the duo were in dispute over sugar control in the country.

“They all dismissed allegation that Dangote was planning to see to the increase of sugar price, through pressuring BUA to succumb to the increment. They described that allegation as baseless and lacking any iota of truth.

“The meeting was seen as the zenith of other similar efforts to reconcile the two giants by the governor. Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata played the role of a father during the meeting,” the statement added.

Present at the meeting were the Minister for Commerce, Trade and Investment, Mr Niyi Adebayo, representative of the Kano Emirate, Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan Agundi, Chairman of the Council of Kano Imams, Sheikh Muhammad Nasir Adam, the Chief Imam of Sheikh Ahmadu Tijjani Friday Mosque, Kofar Mata, Kano and the Chairman of NEPZA,  Adamu Panda.

All the two business moguls agreed to work together as brothers for the growth and development of the nation at large. Assuring that, henceforth, there would be no differences, that could cause any disharmony between them.

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COEASU FCE (T) Bichi commences one week warning strike over poor leadership in the college



Comrade Salisu Yunusa


Nasiru Yusuf

The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) Federal College of Education (Tech) Bichi has commenced a one week warning strike.

Kano Focus reports that the chairman of the union Muhammad Salisu Yunusa announced this on Tuesday while briefing journalists at Press Centre.

The COEASU chairman has accused the management of the college under Muhammad Bashir Fagge with non remittance of twenty five million Naira deduction made on behalf of the staff multi purpose cooperative society.

According to him as at August 2017, the college management had incurred a debt stock amounting to about eighty million Naira, being the cumulative sum of deductions from staff salaries that were not remitted to the college’s staff cooperative society.

Mr Yunusa alleged that teaching and learning is being conducted under unbearable condition due to dilapidated infrastructure.

He also alleged that the management of the college has failed to pay legitimate staff allowances including 10 months peculiar academic allowance, Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) supervision allowance; teaching practice allowance and series of outstanding payment of the centre for continuing education.

” Academic infrastructures are dilapidating due to lack of maintenance; laboratories, workshops and studios are not functioning optimally due to lack of equipments and consumables.

“Insecurity and lawlessness is alarming due to complacency of the current management of the college; while staff morale is at low level, due to non payment of staff allowances and other statutory entitlements among other pressing issues,” Mr Yunusa alleged.

According to him the college is yet to issue college graduands their Teachers’ Registration Council (TRCN) certificate and National Certificate in Education (NCE) certificates for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 sessions.

“The failure to issue TRCN certificates to our former students may be viewed by the general public as a corporate fraud, considering the fact that they had paid for the processing of the certificates in advance as part of their NCE III school fees while in college.

“The non-payment of security personnel for about seven months has further threatened the security of lives and properties of the institutions. This situation has culminated in serious theft in the students hostels,” the chairman alleged.

Mr Yunusa called on the appropriate authorities to to prevail on the management of the college to immediately remit this money back to college’s cooperative as soon as possible as failure to to do this will further worsen the welfare condition of some staff, some of whom have invested a larger chunk of their life saving in cooperative society.

“We will never soccumb to the intimidation of ‘No work, no pay’ by the college management until our demands are met,” he said.

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