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2023: Money politics should not be criteria into elective positions – Kano Group

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Alhaji Usman Alhaji flanked by Dan'azimi Gwarzo and Ahmad Rabiu

Nasiru Yusuf

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a Non Governmental Organization, Patriotic Volunteers has on Sunday said money politics should not be a criteria to elective representatives into elective offices or positions in the country.

KANO FOCUS reports that the convener of the group, Usman Alhaji stated this in Kano while unveiling the group floated to ensure best practices of democratic principles.

According to him, “Nigeria borrowed the democratic system from United States of America, USA but unfortunately we didn’t take all the best principles of democracy.

“In USA, nobody contest because he has too much money to give, it is regulated, it is based on merit and performance. I am sure without these principles, Obama wouldn’t have been the President of USA because the black people were only 12 per cent.

“Unfortunately, we have come with politics of money, no matter where the individual gets the money from. We cannot afford to have money as criteria for electing people. We cannot go on or sustain the nation on this philosophy,” Alhaji said.

He however stressed the need for citizens to also play their role of electing the best candidates based on merit and performance.

“We are patriotic and want our country to be better. If nobody is bold enough to do something then the wrong will continue forever,” he noted.

Earlier, the Acting Chairman, Steering Committee of the group, Ibrahim Gwarzo said they floated the group out of desire to contribute its quota in the process of producing credible candidates by parties which will bring about effective and accountable leadership across the board.

“With the approach of 2023 general elections, we believe there is the need to advocate entrenching democratic principles, hence the need to form a strong and viable front.

“We took time to carefully select like-mind people that share these ideas and principles,” Gwarzo however stated.

Gwarzo said the Patriotic Volunteers Association  was born out of the desire to established  a system of good leadership and governance in conformity with international standards,  Conventions and norms.

He said the association was formed out of the desire to contribute in the conduct of producing credible Candidates by parties which in effect will ensure effective and accountable leadership across the board.

He said other measures put in place by the association include registering the association with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) while efforts are under way to reach out to other groups and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOS)  with similar programs and ideals for collaborations and synergy purposes.

He said in order to  keep proper records of  their membership strength a book is provided to register interested individuals in each ward. Adding that an identity Card will be issued also  to every registered member as well as the adoption of a light blue jacket.

The politician said the Patriotic Volunteers Association is out to go against money politics as a means of sanitising Political participation based on patriotic considerations.

Meanwhile, the group whose membership is open to all and sundry already comprises of like-minded persons from professional bodies such as Lawyers, Architects and Engineers among others.

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Sheikh Mahy Niasse denies urging Emir Sanusi to step down

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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

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….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

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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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