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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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Lady rescued after ten years in solitary confinement in parents’ home



Aisha Jibrin


Nasiru Yusuf

Police in Kano said they have rescued a fifteen year old Aisha Jibrin of Darerawa Quarters, Fagge local government area who was kept in solitary confinement by her parents for ten years without proper feeding and health care.

Kano Focus reports that the police spokesperson Abdullahi Kiyawa in a statement issued on Tuesday said the police have also arrested the mother of the victim Rabi Muhammad, and efforts is in progress to arrest the father who is currently at large.

Mr Kiyawa said the victim was rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano where she is currently receiving treatment.

“The Kano State Police Command wishes to inform members of the general public that on the 19/04/2021 at about 1100hrs, information received revealed that one Aisha Jibrin, ‘f’, 15 years old of Darerawa Quarters, Fagge LGA Kano State was solitarily confined for ten (10) years in a room by her biological parents, one Mohd Jibrin, ‘m’, and Rabi Mohd, ‘f’, of the same address inside their house without proper feeding and health care.

“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, *CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi* raised and instructed a Medical Team and a team of Detectives to proceed to the scene, rescue the victim and arrest the culprits.

“The teams immediately swung in to action. The victim was rescued and rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano and admitted,” Mr Kiyawa said.

Mother of the victim Rabi Muhammad

He said the police commissioner Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko has ordered the transfer of the case to the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department for discrete investigation.

In another development a widow of Former Divisional Police Officer, Gani Division Kano Rabiu Adamu Jenta has handed over a laptop computer and printer to Kano police command.

Computer and printer handed over to police by the widow of Mr Jenta

She said at the point of death, her late husband has left a will that “the Laptop Computer and the printer be handed to Gani Division, because he bought them to be used in the division.”

While receiving the gadgets, the commissioner prayed for the deceased policeman and called on others to emulate the good conduct of the widow.

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Ganduje, Dantata reconcile Aliko Dangote, Abdussamad Rabiu



Aliko Dangote, Aminu Dantata, Abdullahi Ganduje and Abdussamada Rabi'u

Nasiru Yusuf 

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and renowned business mogul, Aminu Alhassan Dantata, Kano Emirate and the Kano State Council of Imams have reconciled  the two illustrious sons of Kano, Aliko Dangote and Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u. 

Kano Focus reports that both parties, chairman of Dangote Group of companies and chairman BUA Group of companies, agreed to work together and supply enough sugar to satisfy the demand of the country.

A statement issued by Ganduje’s spokesperson Abba Anwar said the reconciliation meeting took place at Kano Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, Wednesday, which put a stop to all rumours making round that the duo were in dispute over sugar control in the country.

“They all dismissed allegation that Dangote was planning to see to the increase of sugar price, through pressuring BUA to succumb to the increment. They described that allegation as baseless and lacking any iota of truth.

“The meeting was seen as the zenith of other similar efforts to reconcile the two giants by the governor. Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata played the role of a father during the meeting,” the statement added.

Present at the meeting were the Minister for Commerce, Trade and Investment, Mr Niyi Adebayo, representative of the Kano Emirate, Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan Agundi, Chairman of the Council of Kano Imams, Sheikh Muhammad Nasir Adam, the Chief Imam of Sheikh Ahmadu Tijjani Friday Mosque, Kofar Mata, Kano and the Chairman of NEPZA,  Adamu Panda.

All the two business moguls agreed to work together as brothers for the growth and development of the nation at large. Assuring that, henceforth, there would be no differences, that could cause any disharmony between them.

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COEASU FCE (T) Bichi commences one week warning strike over poor leadership in the college



Comrade Salisu Yunusa


Nasiru Yusuf

The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) Federal College of Education (Tech) Bichi has commenced a one week warning strike.

Kano Focus reports that the chairman of the union Muhammad Salisu Yunusa announced this on Tuesday while briefing journalists at Press Centre.

The COEASU chairman has accused the management of the college under Muhammad Bashir Fagge with non remittance of twenty five million Naira deduction made on behalf of the staff multi purpose cooperative society.

According to him as at August 2017, the college management had incurred a debt stock amounting to about eighty million Naira, being the cumulative sum of deductions from staff salaries that were not remitted to the college’s staff cooperative society.

Mr Yunusa alleged that teaching and learning is being conducted under unbearable condition due to dilapidated infrastructure.

He also alleged that the management of the college has failed to pay legitimate staff allowances including 10 months peculiar academic allowance, Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) supervision allowance; teaching practice allowance and series of outstanding payment of the centre for continuing education.

” Academic infrastructures are dilapidating due to lack of maintenance; laboratories, workshops and studios are not functioning optimally due to lack of equipments and consumables.

“Insecurity and lawlessness is alarming due to complacency of the current management of the college; while staff morale is at low level, due to non payment of staff allowances and other statutory entitlements among other pressing issues,” Mr Yunusa alleged.

According to him the college is yet to issue college graduands their Teachers’ Registration Council (TRCN) certificate and National Certificate in Education (NCE) certificates for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 sessions.

“The failure to issue TRCN certificates to our former students may be viewed by the general public as a corporate fraud, considering the fact that they had paid for the processing of the certificates in advance as part of their NCE III school fees while in college.

“The non-payment of security personnel for about seven months has further threatened the security of lives and properties of the institutions. This situation has culminated in serious theft in the students hostels,” the chairman alleged.

Mr Yunusa called on the appropriate authorities to to prevail on the management of the college to immediately remit this money back to college’s cooperative as soon as possible as failure to to do this will further worsen the welfare condition of some staff, some of whom have invested a larger chunk of their life saving in cooperative society.

“We will never soccumb to the intimidation of ‘No work, no pay’ by the college management until our demands are met,” he said.

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