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COVID-19 is real, those denying it are ignorant–Dr Bashir Aliyu

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Nazifi Dawud

Renowned Islamic scholar Dr Bashir Aliyu Umar has appealed to people to take precautions against the novel COVID-19 coronavirus, saying the disease is real and not a “Western conspiracy” as some ignorant persons are claiming.

KANO FOCUS reports that Dr Umar, head of Al-Fur’qan Islamic Centre in Kano city, made the appeal during a Qur’an exegesis session on Saturday.

He said it was unjust for people who have no knowledge on the coronavirus pandemic to claim it was propaganda, while the infection is spreading and killing people.

“Are you telling people to just relax without taking any precautions until the (coronavirus) disease comes to their door steps and kills them? Is this what Islam teaches you?,” he asked rhetorically.

“No one knows exactly how this disease came about. Those who are calling it propaganda are ignorant. Those who say it’s a conspiracy do not know anything apart from the ability to read in English language.

“They say it’s just a plot between the United States of America (USA) and China, forgetting that that China was the first victim of the disease followed by the US.

“Even Isreal is a victim. How many people died in Israel, about 200 and still counting. And just like Islamic countries closed down their mosques, the Isrealis also shut down their synagogues despite their orthodox doctrine,” he added.

According to him: “The whole world is on its knees. Governments are helping companies  to pay salaries in England. Are you saying that the capitalist nations would deliberately create something that would destroy them?

“In U.S, (President Donald) Trump says every citizen will be given $1,000 each to prevent the economy from collapsing. But despite this, the economy is still crumbling. Only Allah can do this”.

Dr Bashir also urged Islamic scholars to be skeptical of ignorant followers that often deceive them with a fake claim from a 1980 fictitious novel that purportedly predicted the coming of the coronavirus.

“Those who are using a non-scientific fictional novel to claim that the coronavirus is a conspiracy theory are ignorant.

“Even though they claim that the novel predicted the virus in Wuhan, there is no where that the name Wuhan is mentioned in the said novel. But they use that fake information to deceive Islamic scholars who also come out to mislead members of the public,” he said.

KANO FOCUS reports that concerns are being raised on how some radio stations in Kano invite quacks, posing as medical experts to “analyse” the coronavirus pandemic, and end up misleading the public in the process.

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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