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Buhari, Ganduje mourn Dr Ibrahim Datti Ahmad

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Dr Ibrahim Datti Ahmad

 

Nasiru Yusuf

President Muhammadu Buhari mourns renowned urologist and a doyen of private medical healthcare in Kano, Ibrahim Datti Ahmed. He was a friend to the late Head of State General Murtala Mohammed.

KANO FOCUS reports that late Ahmad was the founder of Asmau Memorial Hospital, now renamed Abubakar Imam Urology Centre in Kano and served as the Chairman of the Shari’a Council of Nigeria.

In a tribute to the late Doctor and politician who once ran as a Presidential Candidate, the President described him as a man blessed with immense wisdom.

“Dr. Datti was at the forefront in providing healthcare to the poor and the needy. His divine teachings and selfless contribution towards the welfare of society will not be forgotten. He will be remembered for his noble service to society,” said President Buhari.

The President said the nation is with the family of the deceased, the Kano Emirate Council as well as the government and people of Kano State as they mourn the doctor, politician and religious leader.

We lost a truly great Nigerian – Ganduje 

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has described the death of Ibrahim Datti Ahmad as a great loss for not only Kano or Nigeria, but to black race across the globe.

A former President of Supreme  Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria and a Presidential Aspirant of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), Ahmad, according to the governor “Was an embodiment of righteousness, discipline, hard work, commitment and patriotism.”

“The death is for the entire black race across the globe. Here was a man who stood firmly for the education of our people, who travelled far and wide in search of education and helped shape our education system.

“His political participation brought about decorum in our political landscape.

“On behalf of the government and people of Kano state, I am sending our condolences to the immediate families of this rare gem, whose upbringing was reflected in his own family. He raised very decent, committed and God-fearing family.”

He prayed that, “May Almighty Allah save his face from hellfire. May Allah Forgive all his shortcomings and reward his good deeds with Jannatul Fiddaus, ameen.”

The governor urged all his family members to strive hard and follow his footsteps.

Late Ibrahim Datti Ahmad

Born in 1936 in Kano, late Ahmad died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 83 after a protracted illness

He attended Barewa College, Zaria, before he obtained a degree in medicine at the University of Ibadan.

He was the second person to become a medical doctor from old Kano state. His hospital Asma’u memorial is the first private hospital in Kano state.

He  was the pro chancellor and chairman of the governing council of the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife).

He was the President-General of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN), a focal Islamic religious institution that deals with Sharia in Nigeria.

Former president Goodluck Jonathan had once appointed him to intermediate with Boko Haram on behalf of the federal government before he opted out due to alleged government insincerity.

A renowned medical doctor, politician and Islamic cleric, late Ahmad is survived by a wife and 10 children.

His funeral prayer was conducted at the Alfurqan Mosque in Kano before he was buried at Farm Centre graveyard in the Kano metropolis.

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370 bag PhD, 180 first class as BUK holds 38th convocation

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

The Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, has said that during the 38th convocation of the BUK commencing Tuesday over 11,284 students will graduate, while 180 students will be graduating with First Class Honours.

KANO FOCUS reports that 370 postgraduate students are graduating with PhDs and 3,770 are going out with Masters degrees.

This was just as the university would award honorary doctorate degrees to the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adeshina, to complement their efforts in supporting their community and the nation at large.

Professor Abbas, disclosed this on Monday while briefing journalists on the preparations for the forthcoming convocation.

Management staff of Bayero University Kano

According to him,” This year the university is introducing a stager’s convocation, aimed at ensuring that every student feels the impact of his graduation.

He maintained that this year the university is graduating a total of 11,284 students, which would cut across different faculties and departments.

He, however, disclosed that the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, would deliver a lecture with the title ” The Role of the Private Sector in Building a Sustainable Economy in Nigeria.”

He further disclosed that “the convocation would commence with 6 faculties: Agriculture 307, Art and Islamic Studies, Education, Law, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and that this year’s convocation would be done with a pampered”.

Speaking further, Prof. Abbas hinted that the university currently has 379 professors teaching at BUK, with 18 faculties and 16 research centres.

BUK is now ranked 5th in Nigeria based on a ranking body based in the UK. It ranked fifth after Covenant University, the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos, and Ekiti, all based in the South West. So, by this, BUK is leading in 5 other regions: South East, South-South, North West, North East and North Central

According to him, the BuK had a breakthrough in research on the sex of date seed, which has increased the farming capacity of the date in Jigawa State from 45 per cent to almost 80 per cent.

The BUK also recorded another giant stride in a breakthrough in the E-Motive at the Centre of Excellence, Africa Centre of Excellence—Population and Policies, ACE-PAP. It saved 60 per cent of maternal mortality.“

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NPFL: Kano Pillars beats Sunshine Stars 5-1

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Kano Pillars Football Club on Sunday thrashed Sunshine Stars of Akure 5-1 in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League match.

KANO FOCUS reports that the match day 21 which was played at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar-Mata, Kano, was watched by a large crowd.

Mustapha Ibrahim scored a brace with goals in the 48th and 52nd minutes, while Rabiu Ali, Auwalu Malam and Umar Shehu scored a goal each in the encounter.

The visitors scored a consolation goal in the 82nd through a penalty.

Speaking after the match, Chief Coach of Kano Pillars, Audu Maikaba, commended his players for what he described as an excellent performance.

“You know every match comes with its challenges, and we always take it as it comes. Today’s encounter was interesting and our boys played well and thank God we won the game,” said Mr Maikaba.

He assured that the team would perform better in its subsequent matches.

The coach explained that the team had put modalities on ground to win its upcoming away match against Katsina United.

On his part, Assistant Coach of Sunshine Stars, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, said his team tried their best but lost to a good side.

“It is unfortunate that we lost the match but that’s football, you win some you lose some. We are going to work hard to cover up our lapses in our next encounter,” he said.

Kano Pillars now have 36 points from 21 matches, occupying third position on the table.

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EFCC arrests 11 suspects accused of selling new Naira notes in Kano

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Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 11 suspects for their alleged involvement in the sale of new naira notes for commercial purposes.

KANO FOCUS reports that the suspects were arrested on Monday, February 19, following fruitful intelligence that un-masked a syndicate of fraudsters operating along Lagos Street, adjacent to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kano.

A statement published on EFCC Facebook said the syndicate allegedly specialized in selling naira notes.

It added that five members of the syndicate were arrested with new naira notes being sold to the public. Six bankers who were alleged to be selling the naira notes to the sellers on commission were also arrested.

The statement noted that the suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of the investigation.

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