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The Amina Abdullahi Umar Ganduje You All Don’t Know.



Amiu Yahuza

Doctor Amina Abdullahi Ganduje is the daughter to the current sitting governor of Kano State Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Despite the fact that her father is the number one citizen of Kano State she is a host to may achievements to her name and you will be surprise to know that all those achievements have no connection with the fact that her father is at the helm of affairs of Kano state.

She proves herself to be a woman of full potentials since her Undergraduate studies at the University of Maiduguri where she read MBBS (Medicine).

Her talents keep unfolding after her graduation when she worked with Kano State Ministry of health at Hasiya Bayero Pediatric clinics as M.O. A casual flip into  her educational career will reveal to you the kind of woman Gwaggon Kanawa raised.


She is not a lazy kind human being who would always want get things at the platter of gold, her doggedness in achieving big in her name is glaring, it will interest you to know that Doctor Amina at one sitting each passed her primaries, Part l and Part ll and suddenly became a fellow of West African College of Physicians within the shortest possible minimum period anyone could ever achieve.

Concomitantly, while pursuing her fellowship ambition she also applied for field epidemiology training in Africa under CDC Atlanta Field Epidemiology Africa run by prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU).

A very competitive, high tasking and super rigorous Field Epidemiology training available and obtainable under the sun, which is hard to come by due to multitude number of applicants and limited number of available slot.

Only very few candidate are able to make it to the list annually but our indefatigable woman role model made it not only to the list but to the top of the list.

The selection criteria is solely a merit base through an online exam, and no wonder the annual pass for the online intake exam is usually less than five percent.

Not surprisingly, she is one of the only six medical Doctors indigenous to the Kano State whom have achieved same.

Her qualification pitched her a lecturing job in the department of community Medicine Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (BUK-AKTH) where she is currently serving and making tremendous contribution to the development of the department and the students alike through her hard work, resilience and intellectual rigor for a better public health policies and strategies by mentoring the undergraduate medical students and public health students for a conscious result based policy formulation.

Furthermore, an addition to her academic and professional qualification is her professional outstanding as the saying goes “what a man can do a woman can do even better”.

Doctor Amina’s Success in managing the CDC AFENET Piloted Malaria Project give her a name as the iron lady and an unstoppable achiever whom  no matter what the terrain looks like they achieve nothing but success.

Leadership style

Her leadership style in that capacity exemplified a textbook definition of what a manager is, her teaming NSLO would elaborate more on this point, but to say the least they were dumbfounded initially when they sent her an email in the wee morning hours and get the email replied back instantaneously despite her being a mother of five kids, a wife and a daughter of the current sitting governor of the state.

As Adams Smith metaphorically speaks of invisible hands in his book ‘the Wealth of the Nations’, the description squarely match Doctor Amina, She didn’t have any appointment or defined office at the ministry of health Kano state per se but her innate urge for seeing a better Health for all in Kano as she  believes her efforts are  fruition(able).

She believes that she can help her father deliver the best health policies to the people of the state made her work tirelessly in making the ministry function beyond expectation.

War against COVID-19

Moving in the same lane she showcase another managerial prowess when the world was attacked by the plague of COVID 19 Pandemic in 2019/2020.

As the famous Criminal law “but for test” goes, here I  must use the expression to say that but for Doctor Amina the battle against COVID 19 would not have been won the way it was won in the shortest period of time.

She works day and night to make sure the fight is going on nonstop with full momentum, and the effort disseminated by her has yielded result.

Within a few weeks the tide was turned down in Kano, and Kano State has dropped from the top of the NCDC table of cases to the bottom of the table.

Kano state has succeeded in combating the virus more than any state in Nigeria and as a result the governor have received a number of recognition for that.

What a Daughter! A kind of daughter every parent want behold. Alas, the real meaning of invisible hands.


On the humanitarian aspect of her Doctor Amina is a simple woman with a trait of good manners and humane characters that reflected what a rare breed of good mothers the Gwaggon Kanawa was.

Her unassuming disposition makes many doubt if she is really and truly a daughter to a currently sitting governor of a mega state like Kano.

No wonder one day she went to a supervisory visit to one of her LGAMNSLO at Wudil LGA when he announced that his supervisor and a daughter to a current sitting governor of the state is with them, nobody seemed to have believed him because of the way and manner she interacted and chatted with them.

As if she is just nobody’s daughter devoid of the normal to be expected demeanor of the power drunk children of bourgeoisie.

Barr. Aminu Yahuza writes from Kano and can be reach through 09031150419,

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Unusual signs may emerge on Laylatul Qadr – Alakarmawi



Sheikh Muhammad Nazifi Alkarmawi

Nasiru Yusuf

A renowned Islamic scholar in Kano Sheikh Muhammad Nazifi Alkarmawi said it is sometimes possible to witness unusual signs on Laylatul Qadr.

Kano Focus reports that Sheikh Alkarmawi revealed this while delivering his Friday sermon.

He said Laylatul Qadr is one of the most sacred nights in Islam found in the last ten days of Ramadan.

According to him it is sometimes possible to witness unusual signs on the night.

Some of the signs highlighted by the Imam is the night is serene, quiet and shining where the temperature is neither hot nor cold and the moon shines clearly.

Sheikh Alkarmawi said Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him used to double effort in the last ten days of Ramadan aimed at witnessing the night.

He described as a weak a narration wich declared twenty seventh night of Ramadan as Laylatul Qadr, and urged adherents to seek the night in the last ten days of the holy month.

On the recommended acts in the night, Sheikh Muhammad Nazifi Alkarmawi cited a hadith narrated by Nana Aisha which prophet taught Muslims to recite ‘Allahumma innaka afuwun, tuhibbul afwa, fa’afu anna.

He also admonished faithful on supplication, forgiveness, upholding good deeds and assisting the needy.

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Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu at 65



Professor Abdalla Adamu

By Ibrahim Sheme

On this day, April 25, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, clocked 65 years.

He was the VC of NOUN from 2016 to February 11, 2021. When his tenure ended, he returned to his former duty post at Bayero University, Kano, but then took sabbatical work as Visitor at Kaduna State University (KASU), Kaduna, on March 1, this year.

Born in Kano City on April 25, 1956, Adamu is unarguably one of the leading academic lights in Nigeria. He obtained a professorship each in Science Education and in Media and Cultural Communication, both from Bayero University, in 1997 and 2012 respectively. Indeed, he is one of very few academics in the country to have attained the feat of a double professorship.

Adamu is an international scholar, having taught media and science education courses in many Nigerian universities and around the world, including serving as a European Union Visiting Professor at University of Warsaw, Poland, in 2012, visiting professor, Rutgers University, New Jersey, and visiting professor, University of Florida in 2010. He was also Fulbright African Senior Research Scholar in 1991.

One other remarkable achievement he recorded was the development of ‘hooked’ Hausa language character font sets (ɓ Ɓ ɗ Ɗ ƙ Ƙ), which were not present at the advent of the Internet. The emergence of these fonts, which he created as part of his various extracurricular activities, has helped many authors, publishers, scholars, students and ordinary users in conveying the Hausa language in a way that it should be written.

Two years ago, on a day like this, I penned a birthday tribute to Professor Adamu to help celebrate his 63rd anniversary. In that write-up I did not dwell on his unfolding accomplishments at NOUN in the area of infrastructural development of the university because others had done so already. Instead, I emphasised on the then VC’s human relation, which I have always found unique. And I wrote: “On that score Prof. Abdalla has remained the same person I have known for about two decades – easy-going, humorous and understanding towards all. I think this essence is a great contributory factor to the achievements he is making as a leader and chief executive.

“His approachability is rare. I know chief executives who are ‘feared’ – and consequently loathed – by those working under them because of their stiffness and unbendability. Some, you strictly need an appointment to see them, and their secretaries become lords because they emulate the ‘man inside’.  Not Baba Prof (as we used to call him). He runs an open door policy, with a  secretary (Esther) just as approachable and nice as he is.

“Once you get into his office, you immediately feel at home. He has a joke for everyone. You will never find him mirthless or sad as if the whole world rests on his shoulders. If it is lunch-time, he offers you his food.

“That sense of humanity, for me, are as important as the infrastructure he is putting on ground at NOUN. That sensibility, plus the infrastructure and the policy transformation, will no doubt count as his best legacies when his tenure ends in February, 2021.”

I daresay many at NOUN would remember him for such virtue. Happily, his successor as VC, Professor Olufemi A. Peters, is another approachable chief executive who doesn’t put on airs. Even though the two men do not necessarily share the same character traits, one can say there are several points of convergence that one can easily point at – but that is a story for another day.

Meanwhile, I’d like to use this opportunity to wish Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu happy birthday and many happy returns.

Sheme is the Director, media and publicity at National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja

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Remembering Ja’afar Mahmud Adam



Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga

Sheikh Ja’afar foresaw the imminent monster called Boko Haram, but was brutally silenced by the assassins bullets!

Today marks the 14th Anniversary of the assassination  Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam, who was fatally shot by yet to be identified gunmen on April 13, 2007. His death was like a defoliation of the tallest tree in the forest of knowledge. He was one of the greatest preachers that ever lived; he was a scholar par excellence. In fact, he defies all the superlatives that you can ever find in  the dictionary.

Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam was not only famous for his erudition, but also for his amazing ability to foresee an imminent danger(what today becomes known as Boko Haram). He posed the most potent intellectual challenge to the outlandish and poisonous extremist ideas of Muhammad Yusuf, the notorious Boko Haram founder. He advised Yusuf, his former student, to renounce those dangerous ideas and apologize to his blind followers for misleading them.

Caught between ego and doing the right thing, Muhammad Yusuf rejected the advice because he didn’t want to lose face by admitting to his brainwashed followers that he was wrong. The rest is history. We are today paying heavily for his stubborn resistance to reason. His poisonous ideas have so deeply settled in the hearts and minds of his credulous Boko Haram  followers that they thought God is on their side and that  any Muslim  who opposes their violent extremism is automatically an infidel or an enemy.

Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam was thus vindicated; the grave danger he foresaw is now consuming us, destroying lives, schools and disrupting our social and economic life. Since 2009, more than 15,000 lives were destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorism. Because extremism paralyses a man’s capacity to think and reason, the terrorists are not even perturbed by the consequences of their atrocities, let alone give a moment’s thought to compassion and humanity.

I won’t challenge anyone who thinks Boko Haram had a hand in Adam’s death because putting two and two together, it is impossible not to reach that conclusion. Because of their extreme brutality, taking out a scholar who represented the greatest intellectual challenge to their poisonous ideas is not beyond them.

May the soul Adam continue to rest in peace! May Allah  forgive his shortcomings and eternally  reward his great deeds! Amin!

NOTE: I originally wrote this tribute to Sheikh Jafar Adam on April 13, 2018. As we mark the 14th Anniversary of his dastardly assassination today, I find it worthy to reproduce the tribute. He was an extraordinary scholar that deserves such honour.

Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga is a media consultant at Atiku media organization

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