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70% of Northerners are willing to accept COVID-19 vaccine – report



Prof. AbdurRazak Garba Habib

Nasiru Yusuf

A survey conducted on COVID-19 in Northern Nigeria indicated that almost 70% of respondents were willing to accept the vaccine.

Kano Focus reports that the cochairman of Kano state Task Force on COVID-19 AbdurRazaq Garba Habib revealed this at a one day symposium on the vaccine organised by Islamic Forum of Nigeria for Imam of Juma’a mosques.

The research titled ‘Knowledge, attitude and practice survey of COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Nigeria’ was jointly conducted by Mr Habib, Maryam AbdurRazaq Habib, Faruk Muhammad Dayyab and Garba Iliyasu.

Mr Habib, a professor of infectious and tropical diseases at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital/Bayero University Kano, said 39% of respondents were willing to pay for the vaccine if not publicly funded.

The medical doctor dismissed the myth alleging that the vaccines may modify human DNA.

Imam of Juma’a mosques

He noted that so far reported safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines have exceeded one expectation.

“The COVID vaccine will reduce the chance of suffering from serious complications of COVID.

“No vaccine is 100% effective, so everyone should continue to take the recommended precautions to avoid infection,” Mr Habib said.

Imams of Juma’a mosques

Emir of Kano endorse COVID-19 vaccines

In his address the Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero has admonished people to accept COVID-19 vaccines.

The royal father represented by Dan Amar of Kano Aliyu Harazimi Umar said it is part of Emirate’s tradition to consult cleric on matters of national importance like COVID-19 with a view to getting Islamic position.

Alhaji Aliyu Harazimi Umar (Dan Amar)

The monarch urged Imams to use their pulpits in sensitising the public on how best to accept the vaccines.

He racalled with nostalgia how people in the past refused to take poliomyelitis vaccine to the extent that Saudi Authorities mandated administering the vaccines to every Nigerians who went for Hajj or Umrah.

Islamic perspective on vaccines 

Also speaking the chief Imam of Alfurqan Juma’a mosque Bashir Aliyu Umar said Islam recommended vaccination against any disease.

Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar (Chief Imam of Alfurqan Juma’a mosque)

He cited prophetic traditions which recommends taking seven prices of Ajwa dates daily as shield against diseases.

The Imam noted that taking vaccines endorsed by health experts is permissible in Islam.

Earlier the Executive Secretary of the Forum Salisu Shehu said the lecture was organised to clear misconception attributed to COVID-19 vaccine and raise public awareness regarding the importance of the highly anticipated vaccine in Kano state.

Prof. Salisu Shehu (Executive Secretary, Islamic Forum of Nigeria)

Shehu, a deputy secretary general of Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs said as the country awaits COVID-19 vaccine there is need to ensure comprehensive communication efforts to manage public expectations and counter vaccine doubtfulness.

Prof. Salisu Shehu, Alhaji Wada Aliyu Gaya (Sarkin Yakin Kano) and Prof. Muhammad Sani Zahraddeen (Chief Imam of Kano)

Others who spoke at the occasion include Chief Imam of Kano Muhammad Sani Zahraddeen, vice Chairman of the Forum M.T Bello, Director, Centre of infectious diseases Bayero University Kano, Isa Abubakar, Bashir Adamu Aliyu,   among others.

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Sheikh Mahy Niasse denies urging Emir Sanusi to step down




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




….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



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


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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