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Election rigging, poor governance breed insecurity in the North – Junaidu Muhammad

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Junaidu Muhammad

Nasiru Yusuf

A former member of House of Representatives in the second republic, Junaidu Muhammad has attributed the spate of insecurity in Northern Nigeria to election rigging that brought irresponsible leaders.

The former parliamentarian said this in an exclusive interview with Kano Focus on the security challenges ravaging the region.

He observed that Northerners have for long tolerated to be cheated by constituted authorities in the region.

Mr Muhammad argued that Northerners should be bold and get courage to fight injustices meted against them.

Bad governance

“First and foremost, the issue is not just the question of security, is the issue of governance.

“We have been very, very irresponsible in the way we allowed ourselves to be governed particularly in the Northeast and Northwest.

“We are freemen who are behaving like slaves.

“We have had election rigged several times in most parts of the country particularly in the North.

“I believe people should have the courage to fight when they feel they have been cheated – whether by people from outside the region or their respective zones,” he said.

The politician cum activist observed that the country has been experiencing insecurity for a long period of time due to   injustice by those who hold power.

Mr Muhammad said he does not respect those who accepted injustice over generations especially in the Northwest and Northeast.

“As far as I am concerned, there are heroes and villains in every struggle.

“To me a hero is a kind of person who is not prepared to accept injustice, who is prepared to put his own life on the line in order to liberate himself.

“If you allow people to be cheated all the time, and you believe some people have divine rights, they have been decreed by God to come and cheat you, and you think that is virtue, go ahead and do whatever you want to do, don’t involve me,” Mr Muhammad said.

Need for sacrifice

The parliamentarian who described Kano as the most politically advanced state in Sub-Saharan Africa recalled how late Malam Aminu Kano mobilized people to stand firm against unjust leaders.

He said Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Jigawa states have attained their present status due to the struggle of late Aminu Kano who brought change against the status quo.

Mr Muhammad advised citizens to take their fate in their hands by identifying capable persons who can lead them to emancipate themselves from the bond of irresponsible leadership.

“We have a historical precedent; Aminu Kano did a struggle for 40 years.

“He was able to mobilize the kind of people who are mostly uneducated rural peasants and he engineered the change which made Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa and Katsina states where they are today.

“I have to tell you in the case of Kano, Kano in terms of political awareness, is the most politically advanced area in the whole of Africa South of the Sahara.

“If people are not prepared to be mobilized, if they are not ready to sacrifice, if they have slave mentality, there is nothing you can do about them.

“The question now is to find out from the people whether they are the ones who are not interested in the struggle or they are waiting for leaders from heaven or somewhere else to come and lead them. “But if they are determined, there are always leaders who will emerge and who will give them the necessary political leadership,” Mr Muhammad advised.

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Twitter agog as Emir Sanusi’s daughter alleges selective application of Shari’a

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Adamu Audu

A daughter of former Emir of Kano, Khadija Sanusi has raised hundreds of  comments on Twitter after a post she made  on  Wednesday regarding Shari’a application in Northern Nigeria.

Ms Lamido alleged that Northern Nigerians are selective when it comes to the Shariah law and its application.

On her Twitter handle (@kadijasnusi_) she claimed that Northern Nigerians use Sharia law  when it favors them and turn a blind eye regarding polygamy, women rights, forced marriages, domestic and sexual abuse.

The post generated over 250 comments, 493 retweets, and 680 likes.

Her supporters  praised her  for being her father’s daughter while others oppose her for ridiculing Northern culture.

Some of the comments include;

When a user expressed his pleasure of getting to read Ms Sanusi’s position on Sharia, she humorously said that she wouldn’t be her father’s daughter if she didn’t speak her mind despite the consequences.

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Death penalty: Kano convicted persons may not be executed

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Sabiu Kabuga

The two persons sentenced to death this week in Kano are not likely to be executed, Kano Focus investigation reveals.

Since 2007 not a single convicted person has been executed in Kano state as successive governors fail to sign their execution warrants.

Spokesperson of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Kano Musbahu Lawal Kofar Mata said the last time some convicted persons were executed in the state was during the first tenure of the Ibrahim Shekarau administration 2003-2007.

“There are over 100 convicted persons that are on death row in Kano correctional centres awaiting execution.

“Since 2007, not more than two people have been executed in Kano,” he said.

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Similarly, spokesperson of the Kano state judiciary, Baba Jibo Ibrahim said it takes a long before the convicts exhaust their appeal process.

“They  can appeal their sentence within 30 days after the judgment has been passed.

” And they still have the right to appeal the judgment up to the Supreme Court.” Mr Ibrahim said.

It could be recalled that Yahaya Aminu Sharif, 22, and Mati Audu,70 have been sentenced to death by hanging and stoning respectively.

Sharif was sentenced to death on August 10, 2020 for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Two days later, Mr. Audu was sentenced to death for raping a 12 years old girl.

These verdicts generated controversy with some supporting and others opposing the judgment.

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Kurmi Market: complains amidst demolition

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Kurmi Market Abattoir Demolition

Zulaiha U.S Danjuma

Residents and small scale business owners have expressed their displeasure over the demolition of an abattoir within Kurmi Market in Kano city.

The Secretary, Bakin Kasuwa Development Association Auwal Jibril alleged that the government is more concerned about selling plots than providing amenities to the community.

Mr Jibril said government has failed to provide drainages in the area and is denying petty traders who use the abattoir compound their source of livelihood.

One of the traders, Yusuf Abdulhamid said Kano municipal local government council directed them to vacate the premises without prior notice or provision of an alternative space.

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Kurmi Market Abattoir Demolition

“We were told to move out yesterday and there is no alternative provision made for us”, says Mr Abdulhamid.

Kano Focus met both the Vice Chairman and Director Personnel Management of the Kano Municipal local government but they said only the Chairman could comment on the matter.

However the Chairman, Sabo Dantata is yet to respond to several calls to his GSM line.

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