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How clerics preach child spacing in Kano – Interfaith chair

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Imam Hafiz Sani Abdullahi
Dr Hafiz Sani Abdullahi

Nasiru Yusuf

The chairman of Kano state Interfaith Forum Hafiz Sani Abdullahi said the group has preached child birth spacing to over one million persons in 2020.

Kano Focus reports that Abdullahi revealed this on Tuesday at the ongoing virtual 6th Nigeria Family Planning conference 2020.

The cleric who was represented by the secretary of the forum Tijjani Imam said over 340 religious leaders have been empowered with right information and messages on child birth spacing across the 44 local government areas.

According to him the members of interfaith forum have delivered sermons on child birth spacing in 420 mosques and 157 churches in Kano state.

“About 1.2m people have been reached with CBS messages through Jumaat prayers, tafsir, church and fellowships. Religious leaders have featured in over 20 live radio programmes.

“Over 100 publicly statements have been made by religious leaders on child birth spacing in Kano state,” the Imam said.

He however attributed low level of basic education as the major set back of embracing contraceptive among people of reproductive age in Kano.

The cleric added that other challenges include women’s fear of contraceptive side effects and stock out of commodities especially Long Acting Reversible Contraception LARC.

The Imam rounded of his presentation with a quotation of former Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi ll.

“Instead of having many children, why not have the ones you can cater for? These are the fundamental questions we should ask ourselves. Most of these children roaming about the streets will be adult in the next 20 years and they will be the ones recruited as political thugs by the politicians in the next 20 years, if we don’t take good care of them now.”

Nigeria’s Population Dynamics

In his presentation titled population growth and the challenges of human capital development, the chairman Association for the advancement of family planning (AAFP), Ejike Oji said the unemployment rate in Nigeria has skyrocketed from 2% in 1960 to 27% in 2020 due to population dynamics.

According to him the average fertility rate in Nigeria is 5.5 which is higher than the  2.5 of the world, with static contraceptive prevalent rate of 12% for almost a decade.

Mr Oji who is also the chairman Board of Trustees, Network of Reproductive Health Journalists Nigeria, observed that although 70% Nigeria’s population are below the age of 40, 45% under the age of 15, yet the country is the poverty capital of the world ranked 187 out of 189 countries in health care.

He said presently Nigeria has the highest infant mortality rate in the world.

How to reverse the horrible trends

Mr Oji advocated fertility reduction and massive investment in infrastructure and human capital development in healthcare sector as one of the most effective strategy of reversing the ugly trends.

Other strategies according to him include massive investment in formal and non formal education as well as policies that will ensure equity, fairness, justice and sense of security in the country.

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Kano refutes trending story on women driving ban

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has described as fallacious a trending story on social media platforms on a purported plan to officially disallow women regardless of any faith from getting behind the wheel.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba who made the clarification in a statement issued on Thursday, said government had at no time contemplate on the matter.

He said the story, which could not be traced to any credible source, was nothing but the imaginary thinking of the authors.

“The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,’’ it added.

Mr Garba pointed out that if at all there was such plan, the state government does not have to be involved in any secretive meeting to decide on a critical issue that has to do its teeming populace.

The commissioner stated further that even Saudi Arabia which for decades had laws that sanctioned women from driving has, after all, lifted the ban in 2018.

He said it was interesting that some of the scholars quoted to have supported the alleged ban have already dissociated themselves from the story.

Clerics denied the story

Earlie on Wednesday, some clerics alleged to have floated the ban Salisu Shehu, Abdallah Gadonkaya and Sani Rijiyar Lemo have all refuted the story.

In a text message sent to KANO FOCUS Shehu described the story as ‘completely false and mischief.’

“It is completely false. It is a mischief. I think some wicked people are desperate about causing unnecessary confusion, controversies and disaffection among Kano Scholars,” he said.

Rijiyar Lemo alleged that the story was concocted by Shiites who were not happy with the outcome of clerics debate with controversial Kano preacher Abduljabbar Kabara.

“Our attention has been drawn to a fake news in circulation, claiming that some ulama in Kano, including my humble self, have tabled a plan to stop women from driving in the state.

“This story, in all certainty, was hatched and being peddled by some Shi’ite elements, who are not happy with the outcome of AbdulJabbar’s saga.

“You are urged to discard this false story. May the Almighty protect us from the evils of our enemies,” Rijiyar Lemo said.

Gadonkaya, on a Facebook post described the story as ‘fake news’.

“I, Abdullah Usman Umar Gadon Kaya strongly say that this is a fake news. I don’t have any hands in it. It’s the act of enemies who want to  crack peace in our dear state (Kano) and Nigeria at large,” Gadonkaya said.

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Abduljabbar Kabara: Lawyers demand audiovisual evidence as government amends charges

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Aminu Abdullahi

Lawyers defending Kano cleric Abduljabbar Kabara over blasphemy and incitement charges have urged the court to compel the prosecution to present audiovisual and documentary evidence.

KANO FOCUS recalls that Mr Kabara has been arraigned before an Upper Sharia Court at Kofar Kudu, Kano City presided by Ibrahim Sarki Yola.

Mr. Kabara’s lead counsel Sale Muhammad Bakaro entered the plea at the resumed sitting of the court on Wednesday morning.

He petitioned the court to compel the prosecution to present its evidence in the next sitting.

Abduljabbar accuses Ganduje of linking him with Boko Haram, Maitatsine

Meanwhile prosecuting counsel Aisha Muhammad pleaded for an adjournment to enable the Kano state government to amend the charges presented in the First Information Report.

The presiding judge Mr Yola adjourned the trial to August 18, 2021.

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Ganduje presents appointment letters to 56 doctors, health workers

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has on Tuesday presented appointment letters to fifty six medical doctors and other health workers deployed to the State Primary Health Care Management Board.

KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje made the presentation on Tuesday at Primary Health Care investment summit 2021, held at Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano.

Ganduje said the move is part of his administration’s commitment to improve health care delivery in the state.

 “The state government has set up a committee under the leadership of the Chairman Governing Board of the State Primary Health Care Management Board, the Madakin Gaya and District Head of Ajingi, and representatives from the office of the Secretary to State Government, Ministry of Health, Ministry for Local Governments.

“Others are representatives from the five Emirates in the state. With the Secretariat at the State Primary Health Care Management Board.”

“The committee would be updating the government and the people of Kano state on regular basis, on the achievements and success recorded.

“In order for us to achieve the desired goals, we must collaborate with development partners, government organisations and community. So all all hands must be on deck to also address the long term systematic health care system for the full implementation of the minimum service package,” Ganduje said.

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