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Kano Emirates Crisis: Northern elders to reconcile Ganduje, Sanusi




Nazifi Dawud

Disturbed by the lingering dispute between Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II over alleged political differences leading into the split of the ancient Kano Emirate into five, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has resolved to intervene in the crisis.

Kano Focus reports that the intervention of the NEF, under the leadership of Professor Ango Abdullahim came amidst a fresh controversy over an ultimatum issued by Mr Ganduje to Emir Sanusi on the chairmanship of the Kano Council of Chiefs.

The ultimatum was contained in a letter sighted by KANO FOCUS dated December 19, and signed by Musa Yahaya Bichi, Permanent Secretary Special Duties on behalf of the Secretary to the State Government.

“His Excellency the Executive Governor is requesting His Highness the Emir of Kano to indicate his ACCEPTANCE or OTHERWISE of his appointment as the CHAIRMAN of Kano State Council of Chiefs as conveyed vide letter No SSG/REPA/S/A/86/T and dated 9th December 2019.

“The acceptance or otherwise should reach his excellency the executive governor of Kano state within two days of the receipt of this letter.” It said.

However, even though another letter said to have emanated from the Kano Emirate indicating Mr Sanusi’s acceptance of the governor’s offer, circulated on social media, it is still unclear whether the monarch has agreed to chair the council of chiefs as the Emirate Council has not officially confirmed the purported acceptance letter.

‘Unforeseen circumstances’

But in a letter sent dated 15 December, 2019 and addressed to Walin Kano, Mahe Bashir, Professor Abdullahi, said the NEF is “deeply disturbed by the current dimension taken by the escalating misunderstanding between the Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II and some sections of the Kano elite”.

“The crisis, we are afraid, is pregnant with unforeseen circumstances that ultimately threaten the integrity of the entire Kano traditional institution, overall peace and security of the state and by extension the cohesion of the northern region.

“Subsequent upon this concern, the Northern Elders Forum, has resolved to mobilize eminent northern personalities, elders and all categories of leaders and stakeholders in the north to intervene and find lasting solution to the matter,” the letter, seen by Kano Focus read.

Professor Abdullahi said the meeting to resolve the dispute would take place at Tahir Guest Palace on Sunday, December 22, 2019.

“While in Kano, the team shall hold interactions with Kano elders and critical stakeholders, the Emir Sunusi and the Governor of Kano.

“I wish to inform you that in view of your relevance and the eminent position in the Kano Emirate Council, you have been selected among the personalities that the delegation will interact with on Sunday, 22 December, 2019 at Tahir Guest Palace Majestic Hall by 12 noon.

“It is our sincere hope that this intervention would finally get to the root of the matter and find a lasting solution with mutual understanding and respect so that the state can move on,” the letter added.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf asks Fuel Marketers to reverse to old price



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Kano state Governor, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has urged petroleum marketers to reverse the prices of petroleum goods to its old rate in order to lessen the current hardship experienced by the general public.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appeal is contained in a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the chief press secretary to the governor.

The governor said he is aware that the marketers still had old products in stock that were supposed to be sold at the previous pricing.

“To reduce the needless hardship on the state’s citizens, the marketers should exercise some restraint and quickly reopen all filling stations with available products in stock to sell at the former price.

“As a concerned Governor, I am disheartened to see our dear People of Kano suffering as a result of an unjustified fuel hike, and the situation must be stopped right away,” the governor said.

Kano, according to governor, is the commercial hub for the country’s northern region as well as certain countries in West Africa, and its bustling populace continues to enjoy favorable business conditions.

The Governor urged the good citizens of Kano state to maintain their composure and uphold the law because the government is always prepared to make sure that people are doing their affairs conveniently.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints Rahila Mukhtar to head KSCHMA




Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has announced the appointment of Rahila Mukhtar as executive secretary of the Kano State Healthcare Contributory Management Agency (KCHMA).


KANO FOCUS reports that this is contained in a statement by his chief press secretary Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.


Yusuf also approved the appointment of Garba Bichi as managing director of the Kano State Water Board, Hassan Danbaffa as managing director of the Kano State Road Maintenance Agency (KARMA), Ibrahim Yakubu as managing director of the Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) and Abdulkadir Abdussalam as the accountant-general.


KANO FOCUS reports that the government said a date for their swearing-in would be announced soon to enable them to assume the new responsibilities.




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Police arrest ninety-six suspects in Kano over attempts to disrupt inauguration activities








Ninety- six suspects were arrested by the Nigeria Police in Kano following alleged attempts to disrupt peace in the state during Monday’s inauguration ceremony.


KANO FOCUS reports that State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usaini Gumel, who disclosed this at a press conference held at the Command’s Bompai headquarters, Wednesday remarked that the arrest followed a series of crackdowns by his men.


He noted that the suspects, who were picked up differently across the state within the last one week included 56 suspected mobile phone robbers, 17 illicit drug related suspects, and 20 suspects who were arrested on account of attempts to commit violent crimes.


Items recovered from the suspects included five cartons of suspected Tramadol tablets, 83 sachets of suspected Diazepam and 371 pieces of rubber solution, including 12 parcels and 303 wraps of dried leaves.


Other recoveries from the suspects included 157 weapons, four locally made guns, one toy gun and 18 mobile phones as well as 34 ATMs .


He explained that preliminary investigations had led them to conclude that the suspects were saboteurs and sponsored criminals given that they were found with dangerous weapons and were also under the influence of drugs during their arrest


Usaini added that all the suspects would soon be charged to court even as he advised the members of the public to be law abiding.


He insisted that the Police would continue to match its words with actions until all the criminally minded persons in the state repented or decided to leave the state.



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