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Anger as Ganduje’s commissioner celebrates Abba Kyari’s death



Abubakar Abdulkadir Dangambo

Angry social media users have called on Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to sack his Commissioner for Works, Muazu Magaji for openly celebrating the death of Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Kyari, 67, died of complications from the COVID-19–a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.

While many Nigerians express sadness over the passing of the late powerful chief of staff, Mr Magaji took to social media to launch vile comments and invective on the deceased.

“Win win… Nigeria is free and Abba kyari ya mutu a cikin annoba… Mutuwar shahada in Har da Imani mutum ya cika,” Mr Magaji wrote on his Facebook wall.

“I am not a hypocrite and I won’t pretent! (sic). While at personal level I pray Allah grant Abba Kyari Jannah…I sinerely believe Nigeria needed a better Cos period!,” the commissioner added.

Mr Magaji’s horrible comments have generated angry reactions from many commenters, including Bashir Ahmed, Personal Assistant to President Buhari on New Media.

“I am really disappointed and pained by the Kano State Commissioner for Works, Engr. Muazu Magaji’s remarks on Mallam Abba Kyari’s demise, the commissioner is seen publicly celebrating the death on his Facebook page. I hope Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje will call him to order. ‬

Mutuwa dai rigar kowace, last night was Mallam Abba’s turn, my time and your time will definitely come no matter how long it may take.

Allah ya jikan Mallam Abba Kyari, ya karbi shahadarsa, ya kuma yi masa sakamako da gidan Aljanna Firdaus,” Mr Ahmed wrote on his Facebook wall. 

“It can be easily overlooked when some minor misguided people celebrate Mallam Abba Kyari or anyone’s death, but when a member of Kano State Executive Council, a commissioner does the same it would definitely be hard to just overlook.

Engr Muaz Magaji’s action was very irresponsible, and he needs to know that, for God’s sake, Honorable Minister, you are not as ordinary as other citizens, you are a stakeholder with thousands looking up to you, please be a responsible and good ambassador,” he added.

Other aggrieved commenters called on Mr Ganduje to remove Mr Magaji from his position, describing the commissioner as a “mental retard” and a “disgrace to the Kano state government.”

“I don’t know what criteria Ganduje used in appointing a mental retard person a commissioner. His attitude on this platform cannot even be displayed by a 10 year old boy but this mental and inhumane personality is in the helm of a critical ministry in Kano. The governor should dissociate himself from this man by sacking him as a member of the State Executive Council,” Nura Ibrahim Maigoro, one of the angry users said.

Another user Usman Rabiu Bala said: “When you are done celebrating the death of Abba Kyari, kindly find time to read about his life. Start by reading his resume. When you are done, ask yourself this simple question: “Will I achieve half of what Abba achieved?” Do that in front of your mirror Am disappointed in you honourable”.

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Kano records highest number of sickle cell patients in Nigeria



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state has the highest sickle cell patients in Nigeria, a consultant haematologist at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital said.

KANO FOCUS reports that Dalha Halliru Gwarzo disclosed this in an interview with Hospital’s newsletter as part of the 2021 World Sickle Cell day.

He added that Lagos is the second state with highest number of sickle cell cases in the country.

Mr Gwarzo said India, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria constituted 90% of the sickle cell patients worldwide.

On the causes of sickle cell disease, Mr Gwarzo said it is a genetic inherited disease from parents who are either SS, or AS genotype as a result of genetic condition or mutation of abnormal form of red blood cell.

He advocated for compulsory screening of infants after birth and school children, pre-marital counseling/tests, subsidising cost of medication/treatment and mass sensitisation campaign on dangers of the disease.

Mr Gwarzo noted that, although there is no known cure for sickle cell disease, but developed countries are using a high technology for manipulation of the genetic cells by bone marrow and stem cells transplant, which cost about fifteen million Naira in countries like United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Canada.

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Kano missing children: Court convicts Paul Owne 104 Years



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State High Court has sentenced Paul Owne to 104 years without option of fine for abducting under five children and sold them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Owne was reported to have conspired with six others in committing the crime.

Delivering the judgement on Friday Justice Zuwaira Yusuf sentenced the convict after pleaded guilty to all his 38 count charge against him by Kano State Government.

The court upheld that the convict was found guilty in count 2, 8, 9, 2, 27 and 34 therefore convicted him to 7 years each without option of fine in addition with the sum of N100,000 fine.

Similarly, the court found Owne guilty in count 3, 5, 10, 11, 22, 28 and 38 head count he was sentenced to 7 years.

Mrs Yusuf said the action of Owne was in contravention of count 4, 12, 13, 29 and 38, she convicted him to 4 years on each count without option of fine.

She ordered that all the count shall run Consecutively.

The 5 other defendants who pleaded not guilty to all the charges read over to them namely: Ogbono, Emanuel Igwe, Loise Duru, Monica Oracha and Chinelo Ifedigwe.

Kano Focus reports that the Kano Police Command had rescued nine missing children and paraded six Igbo persons who have confessed to abducting the kids, renaming and forcefully converting them to Christianity before selling them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

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Kano is the biggest sesame market in Nigeria – Ganduje



Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna

Nasiru Yusuf

Governor Dr.Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said that Kano with its commercial potentials being the biggest agricultural commodity hub in Africa is also the biggest Sesame market in Nigeria.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Governor represented by his Deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna stated this on thursday in Kano while declaring open a Sesame seed conference with the theme “Developing the Sesame seed value chain for sustainable growth” organised by the National Sesame Seed Association in collaboration with Kano State Government.

Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna

According to him the conference will create an avenue for stakeholders in the industry to identify the most effective ways to promote value chain development in the Sesame seed sector and to also discuss mutually beneficial trade opportunity so as to improve economic development and livelihood of smallholder farmers.

The Governor described sesame seed as the most sought cash crop in terms of export value in Nigeria, being one of the fastest growing sectors due to its foreign exchange earning and as a main source of income for about 5 million smallholder farmers.

He however assured that his administration is committed to towards enhancing the production of sesame both in terms of quantity and quality through financing,improved techniques and productivity.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Muhammad Sabo Nanono in his remarks highlighted the interventions given to the National Sesame Seed Association in the development of the sub-sector include the distribution of high yielding black,white and brown variety sesame seeds to boost productivity.

Alhaji Sabo Nanono

Similarly, he said 20 sesame cleaning machines were also distributed, in addition 2 model sesame processing centres were established in Nassarawa and Kano States respectively.

On her part, the Minister of state for Industries,Trade and Investment Maryam Katagum represented by a Deputy Director Irimiya Kaura explained that the ministry is committed towards providing enabling environment that will enhance the competitiveness of Nigerian agricultural commodities in the global trade.

She also revealed that in continuation of developing sesame seed,the ministry is implementing a robust agribusiness and industry development initiative to draw investment to the non oil sector in the country.

Speaking earlier the President of the National Sesame Seed Association of Nigeria, Sherif Balogun stated that for the past 5years they have been working assiduously to promote the sesame seed value chain as well as increasing the production from 300,000 metric tons to over 500,000 tons.

He therefore called on the public to engage in massive sesame production and processing in order to benefit from government policies like the Anchor Borrowers Programme.

While appreciating the Kano State Government for partnering with them in organising the conference,he also commended Governor Ganduje for his support and effort towards making Kano a destination for agribusiness investment.

Munir Babba Dan’agundi

The event was attended by the Jigawa State Commissioner of Agriculture Muhammad Alhassan who represented Governor Badaru Abubakar, Chaiman House of Representatives Committee on Agricultural Institutions Mannir Babba Dan’ agundi and other stakeholders.

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