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Altercation between Doguwa and Garo a national embarrassment – NNPP



Mukhtar Yahya Usman


The New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, Kano State Chapter has urged Kano People to reject the ruling  All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming 2023  elections as the party promotes violence in the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement signed  by NNPP’s spokesperson Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.

He said Despite party’s inability to secure the live and properties of the citizens, the actions and inactions of its leaders in creating and promoting violence within themselves and with other opposition parties could be a clear testimony of its failure.

In a statement the chairman, Kano state chapter of the NNPP, Umar Haruna Doguwa, said the altercation between Alhassan Ado Doguwa, the majority leader of the Federal House of Representatives and Murtala Sule Garo, the APC deputy gubernatorial candidate has once again created another national embarrassment for Kano state.

NNPP said the security agencies should quickly wade into the root of the crises to maintain the relative peace Kano enjoys as the individuals involved and their antecedents in promoting political thuggery is second to none.

The chairman alleges that Garo and Alhassan are well-known for supporting and abetting political thuggery in Kano, and that if their conflict is not controlled, it could result in killings and destruction of properties in the state.

“Alasan is on rampage and from experience, Murtala Garo must revenge, so the political atmosphere is already overheated” said NNPP

“The duo have also taken to the media to deflect blames between each other on their unfortunate show of shame.”

“We learnt from the inception of the internal crises, supporters of the two warring camps have gone on rampage, destroying each other’s billboards and removing posters that do not belong to their bosses. If this behaviour is not promptly controlled, it may result in a big time political violence capable of causing deaths and loss of properties.”

The NNPP also asserted that this is a clear indication of how the fortunes of the ruling APC is dwindling in the state ahead of 2023 elections.

“I am therefore imploring the people of the state to refrain from casting their votes to these bunch of reckless politicians in a party that is incapable of putting its house into order, let alone governing a mega state like Kano.”

The chairman also declared that it would be another national disgrace for the residents of Kano to support candidates  who engage in street brawls.

“I am confident that the good people of Kano can still recall how Garo was arrested for clashing violently and destroying the election results in Gama, Nasarawa Local Government, area with the support of his running-mate and incumbent deputy governor, Nasiru Gawuna, whom were both  compensated for truncating the 2019 election with APC tickets for the two highest executive seats in Kano.

The opposition party adds that the behaviour is a total disgrace, not only to the ruling APC, and the solution to this shameful attitude exhibited by the so-called leaders is to reject the APC at the polls, in the next general elections.

Don’t allow Kwankwasiyya capitalise on our minor crisis, Kano APC  warns members

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano state has accused the opposition members of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Kwankwasiyya group of capitalising on a minor disagreement in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to cause disaffection.

It said while the disagreement had been amicably resolved by party elders, the Kwankwasiyya, which is intimidated by the strength of the APC in the state, is engaging in propaganda to overblow the situation out of proportion.

The note of warning to the APC members was disclosed  via a statement issued by the commissioner for information and spokesperson for the Gawuna/Garo Campaign Council, Thursday.

He said there is credible information that the group is even engaged in the destruction of posters and other party’s identities, using the matter which has already been resolved as smokescreen and in the name of disagreeing parties within the APC.

Malam Garba pointed out that in the last few days, the Kwankwasiyya has been sharing pictures, giving negative meanings to them all in futile attempt to discredit the ruling party in the state.

The commissioner further noted that while the party is entitled to its share of intra-party discord which is common in all parties, such should not be allowed to be used by the opposition to further forment trouble for the party.

He said as the nation heads toward election  year, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the APC gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna want members of the party to remain steadfast and maintain its unity to continue in the path of apparent victory and dominance at all levels.

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2023: Tanko Yakasai raises alarm over plot to rig presidential election



Tanko Yakasai

Aminu Abdullahi

An elder statesman Alhaji Tanko Yakasai has raised an alarm over a plot by some undemocratic elements to manipulate the results of the forthcoming presidential election with its attendant consequences.

KANO FOCUS reports that the politician raised the alarm in a press statement titled “Reflections of a 98-Year-Old Patriot: A Message to Those Planning to Rig the Elections” issued to journalists on Sunday.

He explained that his fear was rooted in the fact that “when people are consumed by their inordinate desires, they become blind to the bigger picture.”

The former Special Adviser to late President Shehu Shagari said, “My concern is not for myself, but for Nigeria and its people. I believe that for Nigeria to properly care for its teeming God-given population everyone in the country must live in peace and harmony”.

Yakasai in the signed statement said “Those who prioritize winning the upcoming elections at all cost may not understand my concern for the survival of Nigeria and its people, which only stems from my patriotism”

He lamented that “Unfortunately, there are unpatriotic individuals who are solely focused on their own selfish and narrow interests and do not care about the future of the country and its people. “

Yakasai’s strong-worded statement reads in parts: “I have been pondering on what motivates those who plan to rig or scuttle the upcoming elections in Nigeria and particularly the presidential election. Do they believe they can do so without consequences?

“In 1966 when the first attempted military coup was made. I was at that time the national publicity secretary of the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU), secretary of the Northern Progressives Front, and deputy national president of the Nigerian Youth Congress, during which I witnessed the tragic events of the 1966 coup attempt, in which late Chukuma Nzeogwo and his other misguided associates assassinated Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa our first and so far the only prime minister for Nigeria.

“Sir Ahmadu Bello the Sardauna of Sokoto also the only premier of northern Nigeria, Brigadier General Zakariya Maimalari, Colonel Yakubu Pam, Colonel Kur Muhammad and other military officers were murdered by the coup plotters.

“I was also present during the Kano riot, which was a response to the murders of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and others I mentioned earlier. That tragic event resulted in the loss of many innocent lives and took place in various parts of northern Nigeria. The exact number of casualties, both military and civilian, has yet to be determined.

“From this tragedy, I learned that when people are consumed by their inordinate desires, they become blind to the bigger picture. This is why I want to advise those considering manipulating the results of coming presidential elections not to take any actions that could plunge our nation into catastrophe.

“At 98 years old and as the only surviving child of my parents, with only a few relatives, all I have are my children and grandchildren. I am a billionaire, not even a businessman. My concern is not for myself, but for Nigeria and its people.

“I believe that for Nigeria to properly care for its teeming God-given population everyone in the country must live in peace and harmony. While some may not share this patriotic concern, it is born from my patriotism and desire for the survival of Nigeria and the well-being of its people.

“There are those who are only concerned with their own selfish interests and unconcerned about the country and its people. Such people are carloads and unpatriotic.

“Furthermore, it is crucial that Nigeria develops in order to properly care for its burgeoning population. This can only be achieved if the country remains United, peaceful and harmonious. Those who prioritize winning the upcoming elections at all costs may not understand my concern for the survival of Nigeria and its people, which only stems from my patriotism. I can assure all that this concern is genuine.

“I am in politics for patriotic reasons, not personal gain. Unfortunately, there are unpatriotic individuals who are solely focused on their own selfish and narrow interests and do not care about the future of the country and its people.

“But there are many Nigerians who are only concerned about the country’s prosperity and of its people but who are concerned about peace and harmony as well as the peaceful coexistence of the over 200 million of its people and humanity.

“I, therefore, urge patriotic citizens to rise in defence of our motherland and its future not to allow the tiny misguided minority among Nigerians who are not looking at the greater picture of the country.

“We should together engage in a cooperative understanding of doing our utmost endeavours and synergy to save the country and protect its future.”

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Organisation trains youth leaders on peace, mediation



Aminu Abdullahi




A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Youth Action for Peace, says it has trained youth leaders in Kano on peace and conflict mediation to promote peaceful co-existence.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Lead Trainer, Barrister Comfort Usman, said that the training was organised in collaboration with MacArthur and Ford foundation and was aimed at training youth leaders on how to prevent conflicts.

According to her, the training is to increase the capacity of young peace builders to be able to mediate and promote peace in Kano and the country as a whole.

Usman, who emphasised the role of youths in nation building, said that with the training, youth leaders would be equipped with skills of mediation and conflict resolution.

“Youths are agents of peace, if properly trained, they will lead peace efforts successfully,” she explained.

Barrister Usman said that the training was strategically placed on dates close to general elections.

She urged youths to be agents of peace rather than destruction.

Cross Section of Participants

The lead trainer called on youths to shun violence and be their brothers keepers.

Earlier, the coordinator, Youth Peace Security Network, Kano, Barrister Nura Ahmad, said the exercise would go a long way to teach young people what conflict was all about and how they could live together as one.

He urged the participants to pass down the knowledge to young persons in their communities.

Cross Section of Participants

Ahmad also called on Nigerian youths to shun any form of violence and all manners of electoral malpractices in the 2023 General Elections and beyond.

A participant, Aisha Abubakar, said the training had helped her to understand the importance of peace and how to be a peace mediator.

Presentation of certificates to Participants

Another participant, Ismail Auwal, said knowledge gained from the training would help them to mediate or handle crisis when the need arose.

He also called for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

Barrister Comfort Usman

KANO FOCUS reports that after the training, Kano Youth Mediators Network was inaugurated.

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Late Emir of Dutse: An embodiment of national unity – NRO



Aminu Abdullahi

The Northern Reform Organisation (NRO) says the late Emir of Dutse, Dr Nuhu Muhammad Sanusi led the Dutse Emirate Council for 30 years exhibiting the attributes of selflessness, accommodation and peace throughout his domain. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the NRO Director of Publicity, Malam Mahmud Adnan Audi made these declarations in a condolence message to the Dutse Emirate Council, the government and people of Jigawa State following the demise of the respected monarch yesterday.

Adnan said the monarch also treated indigenes of other states in the Jigawa State Capital as sons and daughters of the state.

He noted that the late Chancellor of the Sokoto State University also provided good counsel to the successive regimes in the state resulting in the effective maintenance of peace and the provision of infrastructure.

Adnan prayed Allah  to forgive the monarch’s infractions and provide him a space in Aljannah.

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