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Ganduje visits Borno, condoles Zulum over Zabarmari massacre

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Nasiru Yusuf

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has paid a condolence visit to Borno state where he commiserated with the government and people of the state over the recent massacre of farmers at Zabarmari town.

Mr Ganduje has visited Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday where he met with the governor Babagana Zulum and members of the state Executive Council, alongside other top government functionaries.

A statement issued by Mr Ganduje’s spokesman Abba Anwar quoted the governor saying “We are here with this powerful team from Kano state to commiserate and condole with the government and people of Borno state over this tragedy. It is therefore important to note that tragedy on the people of Borno is a tragedy on all of us.”

“With concerted effort of both state and federal governments, this issue of insecurity will be squarely addressed. And we are working towards that by the Grace of the Almighty Allah.”

“When the news of the tragedy reached us, it sent shivers to our nerves. And we found it very hard to believe such heinous act meted out to the innocent farmers of Zabarmari village.”

“We are calling for synergy between our security agencies in an effort to fight all facets of insecurity challenging us,” he advised.

The governor presented an official letter of condolence from the government and people of Kano state to the government and people of Borno state.

He recalled that, there is existing centuries relationship between Kano and Borno, adding that Kano,  has always been in the forefront in sympathising with the people of Borno state during trying moment.

“Kano state government is presently taking full charge of some hundreds of Borno orphans who lost their parents and other relatives, during the hey days of insurgency. They are in Kano with us and we are taking good care of their education. They will continue to be with us for them to develop, under our good care,” he stated.

Mr Ganduje recalled that “some Ulamas (Islamic Clerics) and traditional rulers brought some palliatives to the IDPs here in Maiduguri. This tells you how close and brotherly we are with the people of Borno state.”

The governor has also paid similar visit to the Shehu of Borno Abubakar El-Kanemi at his palace, where he commiserates and condoles with the Shehu on behalf of the government and people of Kano state.

Both the governor and the Shehu of Borno expressed their deep appreciation over the condolence visit by the Kano state governor and his entourage. And both prayed for continued sisterly relationship between the two states.

Mr Ganduje was accompanied by the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Abdul’aziz Gafasa, APC stalwart Nasiru Aliko-Koki, and Representative of the Emir of Kano, Ali Ibrahim (Matawallen Kano).

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Sheikh Mahy Niasse denies urging Emir Sanusi to step down

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

The Supreme leader of the Tijjaniyya Ibrahimiyya Sect, Sheikh Muhammad Mahi Niasse, has debunked a letter making the round that he appealed to the Reinstated Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II to step down and follow his grandfather’s footsteps.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was just as the organisation said: “This is the second time these kinds of letters have been forged against our Global Tijjaniyya leader; the same things were done during the previous administration of Umar Ganduje, but this time around, anybody who is behind it will have himself to blame.”

However, in a counter letter written in Arabic and translated to Hausa, signed by the Commissioner of Religious Matters of Kano State and who also doubled as the Nigeria spokesperson of the Global Tijjaniyya Leader, Sani Auwalu Ahmad Tijjani, the purported letter asking Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II to step down is a forged one and does not emanate from their leader.

The letter reads: In fact, the purported letter touches on the integrity of our leader, who sees Muhammadu Sanusi II as his disciple in Nigeria and a person of humble background with sound religious character.”.

He said, “We have given those behind the purported letter to, within 24 hours, show themselves and explain from where it’s emanated and to whom it was sent; otherwise, we will not hesitate in taking legal action against them.”

He said already that security has been detailed on the matter, and anybody who is behind it will soon face the full wrath of the laws, “because we ask him to be arrested and prosecuted duly.”

Tijjani stated that they will not allow the continued destruction of the names of their religious leader and will always link him to things that he has never written.

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NUP presents Gov Yusuf with Outstanding Governor of the Year award

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….Acknowledged him as the “Most friendly Governor for pensioners

The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners has bestowed upon the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, the title of the most pensioner-friendly Governor of the year.

This was contained in a statement issued by governor’s spokesperson Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.

In presenting the accolade to the Governor, the national chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Mazi Godwin Ikechuku Abumisi, expressed that it was incumbent upon the union to acknowledge the Governor due to his steadfast dedication to the welfare of pensioners in the state.

“Your Excellency, you shine brightly as a beacon of support to our members.

“Over the past year, you have authorized and disbursed eleven billion naira to clear the backlog of pension gratuity payments.

“This milestone is unparalleled; no other governor has accomplished such a feat within a single year since the restoration of democracy in Nigeria.”

In their messages of goodwill earlier, the state chairmen of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Kano expressed gratitude to the Governor for his unwavering commitment to addressing the pension liabilities amounting to N43 billion left by the previous administration.

Responding to the honor, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf reiterated his unwavering dedication to supporting pensioners by the settlement of their gratuities and the timely disbursement of monthly pension allowances.

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Kano emirate tussle: Police ban Sallah durbar

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The Kano State Police Command has prohibited the planned Durbar celebrations by both dethroned Emir Aminu Ado Bayero and reinstated Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Durbar, a traditional ceremony typically held a day after Sallah, involves the Emir riding on horseback through major areas of Kano city.

Despite both Emirs having made preparations and requested security permission from the state police command, the police have denied their requests due to potential security concerns.

The Kano State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Kiyawa, confirmed the ban in a statement issued on Thursday.

The statement, titled “Ban on Durbar Activities and Other Security Restraints During Sallah Festivities,” emphasized that the police command has issued security advisories to residents in preparation for the forthcoming Sallah celebrations.

The police decision aims to prevent any potential conflicts or security breaches that could arise from the ongoing emirship dispute.

The Kano State Police Command congratulates Muslim faithful and all law-abiding residents of the State for witnessing yet another Eid-El-Kabir Sallah period and assures that adequate security deployments have been put in place to ensure no breakdown of law and order in all parts of the State before, during and after the festive period.

SP Kiyawa added “This is part of the commitment to sustenance of the peace by the Kano State Police Command in conjunction with all the relevant security stakeholders.

He state that “in furtherance, a ban has been placed on ALL DURBAR activities throughout the State for the upcoming Eid-El-Kabir celebrations”.

This measure is taken as a result of series security reports obtained and wide consultations made with relevant security stakeholders to ensure the safety of the larger community.

However, worshippers are advised to conduct their normal Eid Prayers at the various designated Eid praying grounds, traditionally done in the past.

On a final note, the Command encourages continued collaboration and cooperation from all stakeholders to collectively work together to build a safer and more secure environment.

The Command also urges everyone to keep reporting any suspicious movement of person(s) or item(s) they come across to the nearest Police Station or through the following Kano State Police Command emergency contact numbers:- 08032419754, 08123821575, 09029292926.

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