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Kano Imams decry non-involvement in COVID-19 campaign

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Sheikh Nasir Adam

Nasiru Yusuf

The chairman Kano state council of Imams of Juma’at mosques Muhammad Nasir Adam has attributed the nonchalant attitude towards COVID-19 to noninvolvement of Imams in the sensitization campaign.

Mr Adam, who is the chief Imam of Sheikh Ahmad Tijjani Jumaat Mosque Kofar Mata said this on Tuesday when he led the leadership of the council to pay homage to Emir of Bichi Nasiru Ado Bayero.

According to him many people still doubt the reality of COVID-19 because they did not receive the information from appropriate sources.

He argued that if Imams of Jumaat mosques were involved in the sensitization campaign they will convince their followers to embrace COVID-19 protocols such as physical distancing and wearing face masks.

Mr Adam buttressed his point with examples from Indonesia and Malaysia where high success on embracing COVID-19 protocols was recorded due to persistent efforts of Imams.

“Because Imams were not carried along, right now there are many people who doubt the existence of COVID-19 because they did not received information on it from appropriate sources.

“However, the state government later sought our support.

“The government knows we are always in support of its policies and programs.

“It is wrong for Imams to refuse supporting government programs when they were requested to do so,” the Imam said.

He recalled how polio poses serious health challenge in the past due to the isolation of Imams from the scheme of things to the extent that Nigerians pilgrims in Saudi Arabia were forced to receive polio vaccines from Bangladeshis.

Mr Adam, who is polio ambassador in Kano, said the UNICEF and Rotary club gesture of involving Imams has positively impacted in polio eradication campaign.

He therefore solicited the support of the Emir of Bichi in building the capacity of Imams of Juma’at mosques especially in Information and Communication Technology.

Responding, the Emir of Bichi Nasiru Ado Bayero charged Imams to continue preaching peaceful coexistence in their sermons.

He identified mosques as not only centers of  worship but also learning and instilling discipline.

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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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Deposed Emir Sanusi

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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