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Sanusi Faults NBA’s disinvitation of El Rufa’i

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Sanusi and El-Rufai

Nasiru Yusuf

The 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has faulted the disinvitation of Governor Nasir El-Rufai as a speaker in one of the panel sessions at the 2020 conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

Kano reports that Mr Sanusi stated this on Sunday at Kaduna Government House during his first visit to Northern Nigeria after his dethronement and controversial banishment to Nassarawa state before he relocated to Lagos.

The deposed Emir challenged the NBA for withdrawing the invitation earlier sent to El Rufa’i without granting him fair hearing to defend himself.

Mr Sanusi observed that if decision should be taken based on allegation, the national president of NBA himself has allegations against him that have not been proven.

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“I read the petition. I was looking for the specific allegation.

“You said somebody does not respect the rule of law, what is the specific instance of disrespect for the rule of law.

“You say somebody has mishandled a crisis, what is the specific manner in which he mishandled the crisis?” Mr Sanusi asked.

The deposed Emir said the NBA should have used the presence of Mr El Rufa’i to question him on the alleged human rights violation and disregard of the rule of law.

“More important for me, if you feel that the governor of Kaduna State is not doing well, you should invite him to your conference and ask him and let him explain what he is doing and tell him what you think he is doing wrong.

“You will learn something from him he will learn something from you.

“Disinviting him is not the path of people who actually want progress.

“Because if you disagree with someone having him in your hall where you can tell him your view is the best way and he can defend himself.

“And if there are things he needs to improve he will take them on board.

“And if there are things that you don’t know that he is doing, you can be better informed.

“That is the best way to handle issues like this,” the deposed monarch said.

Mr Sanusi, however, advised that the matter should be handled properly by the leadership of the NBA to prevent it from generating ethnic or religious concerns.

El-Rufa’i is not a bigot

Mr Sanusi has also exonerated governor El-Rufa’i of religious bigotry, and described him as a true nationalist.

He said they have friends in each part of Nigeria to the extent that some people do not consider them as Northerners.

“Anybody who knows him will tell you that he is just a Nigerian.

“Look at the people that he works with, look at the people around him, look at his friends.

“He has not surrounded himself with people from a particular ethnic group or a particular religious persuasion.

“He has friends all over – pastors, reverends, imams.

“It is sad that anybody can accuse him in any way of being partisan in the matter.” Mr Sanusi said.

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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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