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Why I can’t reconcile Ganduje, Sanusi–Buhari

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Nazifi Dawud

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he could not reconcile Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II because he did not have the constitutional powers to do so.

Mr Buhari said this on Friday, while receiving 7 newly elected Kano lawmakers under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who were presented to him by Mr Ganduje at the Aso Rock Villa.

The President was apparently responding to appeals by notable Nigerians to intervene in the lingering crisis between Mr Ganduje and Mr Sanusi over perceived political differences.

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On Thursday, the Emir of Ningi, Alhaji Yunusa Danyaya, had pleaded with Mr Buhari to save the northern traditional institutions from destruction by resolving the Kano emirates crisis.

“I am begging the President as a father to all to please in the name of Allah to intervene in the problem happening in Kano and settle this dispute between the Emir and the Governor,” Mr Danyaya had said.

However, speaking publicly on the issue for the first time, President Buhari said he was being constrained by constitutional provisions.

“I know my role as the President of Nigeria. By the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Governor of Kano State has his own roles, once a matter is in the hands of the House of Assembly (like in Kano), the President has no constitutional right to interfere.

“I am here by the constitution, I swore by it, and I am going to stand by it. But let me tell you the bottom line of my understanding of the constitutional role is that peace and security of all Nigerians must be guaranteed, where the people are threatened, then I will use my constitutional powers.”,” he said, according to a statement by Garba Shehu, the presidents media aide.

Similarly, Mr Buhari urged the lawmakers to fulfill the promises they had made to their constituents.

“I hope you are mindful of your promises to your constituencies. You went round and you promised your constituencies. I hope the promises you made are within the resources of your State.

“If you made promises outside your resources, it will be your problem because you are going to stand again in four years time. This is very important and it is important for our party,” he said.

On his response, Mr Ganduje thanked the president for the projects he had initiated in Kano such as the renovation of the Kano – Abuja expressway as well as the construction of rail line from Kaduna to Kano, and from Kano to Niger Republic.

Others projects, according to the governor are the “gas pipeline from Ajaokuta to Kaduna and from Kaduna to Kano (AKKK), continuation of the abandoned dualisation of Kano – Katsina highway. So also the construction and equipping of the New Terminal Wing of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.”

“We are also appreciative of the efforts being put by the federal government in the areas of security and education in the state. This is highly commendable,” Mr Ganduje said.

Outlining his own achievements, the governor said: “We have done a lot in the area of security, even installing CCTV cameras in black spots and all major routes into Kano state. We also have a multi-purpose vehicle for monitoring, which has helped in arresting kidnappers and Boko Haram terrorists. We have also established an Army Training Area.”

Mr Ganduje also appealed to President Buhari to intervene in the completion of others projects and executing fresh ones.

“Your Excellency our President, we are kindly requesting Federal Government intervention for the completion of the Kano River Irrigation scheme, establishment of a Federal Medical Centre and Desilting of the 24 Dams in the our state,” Ganduje said.

 

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22 suspected COVID-19 cases test negative in Kano

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano state government has revealed that 22 suspected cases of COVID-19 have tested negative just as results of three more persons are being awaited.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing journalists at his office.

Mr Tsanyawa also dismissed rumours that two persons with symptoms of the coronavirus disease were isolated at the Kwanar Dawaki isolation center.

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He said the state government has taken “drastic measures” against the spread of the disease.

Meanwhile, the commissioner explained that the government is planning to establish a COVID-19 test centre to eliminate the burden of transporting samples for tests outside the state.

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COVID-19: Islamic Forum asks FG to establish test centers in 6 zones

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Islamic Forum of Nigeria has called on the federal government to fulfill its promise of establishing COVID-19 test centres across the six geo-political zones in the country.

This was revealed in a statement issued on Wednesday by the National Chairman of the forum Ahmad Daku.

Mr Daku, a former military governor of Kano state, also appealed to federal government to provide adequate ventilators and medical supplies to all designated isolation centres.

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He further urged authorities concerned to judiciously use the donations received by spirited individuals and organizations, and to punish any persons that attempt to divert or mismanage the funds.

“We should not forget our valued tradition to support those who are vulnerable within the communities by helping them with whatever possible to manage their affairs,” he said.

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COVID-19: NDLEA releases detainees

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)  has released detained suspects  charged with low profile cases in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

NDLEA Commander in Kano state, Abdul Ibrahim disclosed this in an interview with journalists on Wednesday in Kano.

Mr Ibrahim said the command has secured the conviction of 28 drug peddlers in Kano state from January to date.

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He said the NDLEA had also screened 38 traditional title holders from the Kano Emirate Council to ensure that they were not drug addicts.

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He said the command had arrested 203 suspects – 178 males and 25 females – from January to March, 2020.

He explained that out of the number, 25 persons were standing trial in the Federal High Court.

“During the period, we also seized over two tons of exhibits which include 1,801kg of Cannabis Sativa, popularly known as Indian hemp.

“Following relentless efforts by our men, we also succeeded in seizing 200kg of psychotropic substances during the period,” he revealed.

Mr Ibrahim added that the agency had provided a brief intervention for 209 drug users in the state and another eight brought by their parents and guardians.

The NDLEA commander said that as part of the command’s efforts to reduce drug abuse in Kano, it had conducted an awareness campaign across 12 schools in the state.

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