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183 Kano civil society groups dissociate from call for Emir Sanusi’s dethronement

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Nazifi Dawud

A coalition of 183 civil society and community based organizations under the aegis of the Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF) have dissociated from an alleged demand by some unidentified groups for the deposition of Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II, by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje, through his chief press secretary Abba Anwar had on Thursday confirmed receiving a letter from purported “civil society groups” calling on him to dethrone the Emir for alleged disloyalty to the government.

“Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has received a letter from a coalition of 35 civil society groups urging him to, in the interest of protecting the sanctity of the rule of law, and the mandate given to him by Kano electorate, as a matter of urgency, start the process of dethroning the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II,” the statement reads.

Mr Anwar said the letter was signed by one Ibrahim Ali, who reportedly spoke on behalf of the unnamed 35 civil society groups.

“The letter was signed by Comrade Ibrahim Ali, chairman of the coalition, which continues that, ‘Soon afterward, the same law which repeals all the existing Emirate Councils Laws, and consolidates it in the Kano State Emirate Council Law 2019, was again been challenged first by the purportedly five king makers from one of the emirates established by the said law,” he had said in a statement.

However, on Friday, the KCSF in a statement signed by  Ibrahim Wayya Rano, its spokesperson dissociated itself from the call for the emir’s deposition, calling for the arrest of Mr Ali, the signatory to the letter sent to Mr Ganduje.

“It is disheartening that, some politically motivated and faceless individuals, would claim to be acting on behalf of a coalition of civil society organizations in Kano, who were alleged to have called on the Governor for the dethronement of the Emir of Kano Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II.

“Should these apparition group genuinely represent the civil Society organizations, their energy must have centered onpromoting peace and unity, promotion of good governance, socio-economic development, promoting the welfare and wellbeing of the good people of Kano, and ensure a peaceful co existence of our dear state, but not the other way round.

“It is on this note, we want to categorically lay bare and detach ‘Kano Civil Society Forum’ from the position of this unregistered, faceless and quarks Civil Society organizations, who proved from the content of their statement, to be unskilled, anti peace and politically sloppy,” the group said.

Read the full KCSF statement below: 

KANO CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM (KCSF)

Open letter to the Executive Governor of Kano State and Security
Agencies
20th Dec. 2019

His Excellency,
The Executive Governor of Kano State
Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR.
Government House,
Kano.

RE-DETHRONE SANUSI NOW, KANO CIVIL SOCETY ORGANIZATIONS TELLS GANDUJE:
KANO CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM (KCSF) DISSOCIATES ITSELF FROM THE ABOVE CAPTIONED STATEMENT EMINATING FROM SOME FACELESS AND FAKE ORGANIZATIONS – AND CALL ON THE KANO STATE GOVERNOR DR. ABDULLAHI UMAR GANDUJE TO DISREGARD IT.

Our attention has been drawn to the above subject matter in the daily post of 18th December, 2019 and has also been mischievously circulated on both conventional and social media.

Your Excellency sir, let us for the record briefly introduce the Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF) to you, once again. The Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF), is the key umbrella body of over 183 different Civil Society and Community based Organizations operating in Kano State, associating under a common platform with the aim of achieving human rights protection and promotion, promotion of democracy, good governance, policy change, health, peace, justice, Security and sustainable development in Kano State and Nigeria at large. Kano Civil Society
Forum (KCSF) is a registered forum with all relevant bodies including, Corporate Affairs Commission.

The forum has also for long been recognized and associating with all security agencies in the State.

It is disheartening that, some politically motivated and faceless individuals, would claim to be acting on behalf of a coalition of civil society organizations in Kano, who were alleged to have calledon the Governor for the dethronement of the Emir of Kano Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II. Should these apparition group genuinely represent the civil Society organizations, their energy must have centered onpromoting peace and unity, promotion of good governance, socio-economic development, promoting the welfare and wellbeing of the good people of Kano, and ensure a peaceful co existence of our dear state, but not the other way round.

It is on this note, we want to categorically lay bare and detach ‘Kano Civil Society Forum’ from the position of this unregistered, faceless and quarks Civil Society organizations, who proved from the content of their statement, to be unskilled, anti peace and politically sloppy.

It is our collective and unapologetic position that, the two exalted personalities in the State, which are the Executive Governor of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and the Emir of Kano Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi, are two important leaders we hold in high esteem and equally respect. It is our un-repentant belief  that, should the two leaders work in unity and harmony, and placing the interest of the Kano People above all  other interest, Kano would surely remain peaceful, prosperous and developed.

Consequently, in the spirit of increasing development challenges of the state,it is a common knowledge in the public domain that, Kano is one of the most hit State with the menace of Almajiris, increasing rate of poverty, mortality rate, malnutrition, drug abuse,unemployment and educationally backward. Many development indices and practical statistics have placed Kano state high, and which is in dire need of down to business governance through multi-talented leadership skills to practically salvage the State from sinking.

This is a hard nosed demand that requires total dedication, commitment, focus, steadfastness, as well as total avoidance of any distraction.

Consequently every bit of energy is required to accomplish the tasking mandate of the Kano People within the stipulated and constitutional tenure of an elected leader, thus Your Excellency, such lowly distraction sponsored by some anti Kano people and anti peace, in the name of fake coalition of civil  society organizations, should not be entertained by a responsible Government like yours.

It is on this note, we wish to emphatically draw the attention of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano  State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, that:

1. The faceless individuals who claimed to be a coalition of civil society organizations in Kano, are neither part of us nor share any of their opinion or position on the call to dethrone the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muahammdu Sanusi II.

2. The statement alleged to be signed by one Ibrahim Ali, who claims acting as the Chairman, Coalition for Civil Society Organizations is not known to us and therefore does not represent our forum.

3. The call by this so called coalition of the civil society organizations is evil, destructive, selfish, anti Kano people, and Anti Peace.

4. His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, shall apply acumen and his vast skills of life experience and a sense of maturity to find an amicable way to resolve the lingering emirate creation bits and pieces in Kano, to end the altercation between the Governor and the Emir of Kano Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi,

5. We also make a clarion call to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to do everything possible within his powers as a KANO LEADER, to end the lingering stage show on the Emirate Council creation and reconcile with the Emir of Kano Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, to cut short the drama of some gluttonous and egotistical people who take advantage of the  situation and cash on it, for personal gains. Kano deserves a purposeful leadership devoid of any  distraction, and the unity of our state should take the centre stage in the priority development scale.

We therefore urge the DSS and other security agencies to fish out one Ibrahim Ali, the signatory to the letter addressed to the Governor and investigate the Civil Society coalitions, he claimed to represent, for misguiding and impersonation. Ideally, civil society organizations are meant to be non-governmental organizations that should be pre-occupied on the promotion of peace, unity, justice and economic development.

We also urge His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Gunduje, to channel his active energy towards promoting good governance, socio-economic development of the state and building peace and unity which are the dividends of democracy that all citizens are yearning for at this present time.

We call on those sowing seed of discord to desist from it, it is destructive and have never helped any state or nation to develop and grow.

We urge His Excellency to shun away from people who are hell bent to create rift and misconstruction between the Governor and his fellow brother Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano.

We pray to God for continuous protection and prosperity of our dear State.

Long live Kano State!
Long live Nigeria!!

Ibrahim Waiya M. K. Adam Rano
President PRO

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NIN-SIM Linkage: Telcoms collect 47.8m NINS – NCC

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Telecommunication Companies have so far collected 47.8 million NINs at an average of three to four SIMs per subscriber.

The Director Public Affairs at Nigerian Communications Commission Ikechukwu Adinde announced this in a statement sent to Kano Focus on Tuesday.

This according to him means many millions will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021.

He said at the end of a review meeting on January 18, the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force has reported significant progress in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage exercise.

Reacting to the report, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, expressed satisfaction with this commendable achievement.

He expressed the Federal Government’s appreciation for the commitment demonstrated by all stakeholders and citizens and urged them to submit their NINs before 9th February, 2021 deadline.

The Minister urged the technical team to fast-track the processes so that the project is delivered soonest.

The Technical Committee drew attention to the App developed by Federal Government which allows subscribers to link up to a maximum of seven (7) SIMs to their NIN.

The Minister concluded by reminding Nigerians to secure and protect their NINs, urging subscribers to desist from selling their NINs or allowing others to use their NINs for registration. “For any action committed with the SIM, good or bad, it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner,” the Minister warned.

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Jealousy: Wife stabs husband’s girlfriend to death

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state police command has arrested a twenty year old Suwaiba Shuaibu, of Gimawa village, Doguwa local government area of Kano State for allegedly killing a proposed wife of her husband.

Kano Focus reports that police said the suspect confessed she had called the victim on phone, deceived and lured her to an uncompleted building in their neighborhood where she used a sharp knife to stab her on her neck, chest and other parts of her body.

She told police that she killed the victim out of jealousy, because her husband proposed to marry her.

Police investigation revealed that the deceased and the husband of the suspect have been in proposed relationship for over six years and their wedding ceremony was scheduled to hold on January 9, 2021.

Wedding invitation of the deceased and suspect’s husband

A statement issued on Tuesday by police spokesperson in Kano Abdullahi Haruna recalled that on January 2 this year one Kabiru Jafaru, of Gimawa village, Doguwa local government of Kano state, that the body of his 17-year old daughter, Aisha Kabir, who got missing on January 1 was found in an uncompleted building in their neighborhood.

The complainant said the victim was suspected to have been stabbed on her neck by her killer.

“Upon receiving the Complaint, the scene was visited and the body was evacuated to Tudun Wada General Hospital for examination by a Medical Doctor.

“The Commissioner of Police Kano State Command, *CP Habu A. Sani, psc* further raised and instructed a Team of Detectives, led by Divisional Police Officer Doguwa, CSP Bala Shuaibu, to arrest the culprit(s).

“The Team immediately swung into action and apprehended one Suwaiba Shuaibu, 20 years old, of the same address with the complainant, who is a second wife to one Shahrehu Alhaji Ali, also of the same address.

“As directed by the Commissioner of Police, *CP Habu A Sani, psc,* the case has been transferred to the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Homicide Section, for discrete investigation. The Suspect will be charged to court at the completion of investigation,” the statement said.

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Kano bans viewing, event centres, directs civil servants to stay at home

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Muhammad Garba

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has announced the imposition of a fresh ban on the activities of viewing and event centres across the state following increasing COVID-19 cases.

The state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, who made the revelation in a statement issued on Tuesday.

He said the measure was part of decision at a stakeholders meeting held at the Government House, Kano on Monday.

He said that all civil servants in the state have also been directed to stay at home pending further instruction.

Mr Garba, however, explained that workers on essential services such as the healthcare service providers, fire service, water board, teaching staff, security guards and the media are exempted from the ban.

The commissioner reaffirmed government’s commitment to working with relevant stakeholders that included the Ulama to ensuring compliance with the COVID-19 Protocols.

He also warned that security agents who were part of the stakeholders meeting would not hesitate to take stern measures to ensure compliance with the directive.

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