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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 Chamber of Commerce to name Centre after Dangote




Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


The Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture, KACCIMA, has said it is making plans to name a proposed Trade and Convention centre after the President/CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote. 

“The new Council of KACCIMA plans to name the centre, Aliko Dangote Trade and Convention Centre after its completion in 3 years’ time,”

KANO FOCUS reports that the President of KACCIMA, Garba Imam, made the pronouncement in Kano on the sideline of the ongoing 44th Kano International Trade Fair edition themed, ‘Economic Diversification, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development’

Dangote Industries, DIL, is a major sponsor of the 2023 fair.

Imam told newsmen that Mr. Dangote has contributed enormously to economic development of Nigeria and the Sub-Saharan Africa through his highly acclaimed Conglomerate.

“Nigerians are now waiting eagerly for Dangote Refinery for a sigh of relief.

“By partnering Dangote, we hope to drive economic development of Kano and restore its past glory as the largest commercial hub in Northern Nigeria.

“Apart from infrastructure development, the new Council of KACCIMA is also working with the Nigeria Gas project- the gas pipeline from Obajana, to Kano, Katsina and Maradi to know how Kano Industries would benefit.

As well as Kano, KADUNA railway line because it will reduce freight of raw materials and other products.

Imam said that the major concern of the Chamber is to drive economic growth and manufacturing rebound following the collapse of many factories in Kano state.

Imam disclosed further that the project was approved by the Kano state government in 2021.

He expressed the belief that Dangote, as a son of the soil will impact its execution and implementation and assist KACCIMA achieve self-sufficiency and sustainability.

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Kano Govt commits to supporting Quranic recitation competition



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim



The Kano State Government has reaffirmed its dedication to fostering Qur’anic recitation competitions among students and bolstering Islamic education in the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf expressed this commitment during the opening ceremony of 38th annual Qur’anic recitation competition held at the Conference Hall of the School for Arabic Studies in Kano.

Represented by the State Commissioner of Information, Baba Halilu Dantiye, Governor Yusuf emphasized that his administration considers the enhancement of Islamic education, particularly Qur’anic recitation and memorization across all educational levels, as a pivotal responsibility.

Highlighting Kano’s longstanding prominence in national and international Qur’anic recitation, Gov. Yusuf noted the state’s continuous leadership in this realm.

The State Commissioner of Education, Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa, represented by Director of Arabic Education and Islamic Studies, Alhaji Bashir Mu’azu, announced the government’s plan to construct toilets and implement solar systems in Tsangaya schools across the state.

Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, represented by Wazirin Kano Alhaji Sa’adu Shehu Gidado, lauded the state government and the organizers of the Qur’anic recitation competition.

He commended their unwavering dedication to uplifting the sanctity of the Holy Qur’an, citing the competition as a testament to their commitment.

The Emir emphasized the competition’s profound impact on engaging youth in the study and memorization of the Holy Qur’an.

Acting Chairman of the Kano State Qur’anic and Islamiyya Schools Management Board, Comrade Bala Baba Sha’aibu, expressed gratitude for the state government’s sponsorship of the Qur’anic recitation competitions.

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Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints New Head of Civil Service



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved with immediate effect, the appointment of Alhaji Abdullahi Musa as the new Head of Civil Service.

KANO FOCUS reports that The appointment followed the recent voluntary resignation of the former Head of Service, Alhaji Usman Bala Mni who was retained by the present administration from its inception in May, 2023.

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sanusi Bature Dawakintofa said the new Head of Service is a seasoned civil servant who served in various government Ministries, departments and agencies in Kano for over three decades.

An indigene of Kiru Local Government area, Abdullahi Musa served as the Permanent Secretary Kano Government House, Council Affairs Directorate, Administration and General Services of Cabinet Office, Ministry of Special Duties, and Servicom Directorate.

He is a graduate of BSc. International Relations from prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and bagged a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from Bayero University, Kano and another Masters degree in Strategy and Security Administration from Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.

Governor Abba Kabir urged the new Head of Civil Service of the state to discharge his responsibility within the confines of the civil service rules and regulations.

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