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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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Kano refutes trending story on women driving ban



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



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



Nasiru Yusuf


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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