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2023: ACF cautions Kano politicians against inciting statements

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Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Kano state chapter has cautions governorship candidates against inciting statements.

KANO FOCUS reports that the chairman of the Forum Dr Goni Faruk Umar gave the warning on Sunday during an interactive session with gubernatorial candidates for 2023 elections in Kano to reduce the already rising tensions.

Dr Goni Faruk Umar

According to him the essence of the interactive session is to discuss with the candidates what they intend to do when they are elected.

“Part of what we have told them is that we would like them to state that when they win election, they will not interfere with the allocations of the various local governments we have.

Salihu Tanko Yakasai (PRP) presenting blueprint to Prof. Kamilu Sani Fagge

“We asked them to lead by example and make sure none of their children or those of their commissioners go abroad for education, they should ensure that they attend public schools in order to know the problems of the education sector and solve them.

“We do not expect any governor, his deputy or commissioners to go abroad for treatment. They should ensure that they improve the health sector so that everybody can get access to good healthcare.

Hon. Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada (ADP) signing peace accord

“We have also called on them to ensure that there is no thuggery in their campaigns so that we will have peaceful campaigns and election and they have signed an undertaken that they will not use thugs in their campaigns,” Dr. Umar said.

The forum also made case for the Almajiris and victims of drug abuse, where it demanded for a genuine plans from the candidates on how to resolve the problems.

Hon. Sadiq Wali presentation his blueprint

The chairman of the session Prof. Kamilu Sani Fagge, said they are worried by recent political events in Kano.

“As elders who are shouldered whether we like or not with the responsibilities of ensuring peace, we cannot fold our arms and allow the unfortunate happenings in the political circle in Kano,” he revealed.

Hon Aminu Abdussalam and Engr Bashir Ishaq Bashir

Prof. Fagge hinted that they are bringing in the gubernatorial candidates to commit them to peaceful resolutions of conduct devoid of rancour and violence.

The NNPP deputy gubernatorial running mate, Comrade Aminu Abdussalam, said they never rejected signing a peace accord, but they laid down some requests that authorities must take proactive measures against anybody violating the rules.

“We cannot sign any peace accord when clearly some people are allowed to misbehave and continue to cause tension among Kano citizens, we can only commit ourselves where we see things are done rightly without prejudice to the laws,” he said.

The Kano political atmosphere is getting heated as the NNPP and ruling APC seem to be at loggerheads.

Just recently, the State Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Abbas was on tape saying he would not stop and that they (APC) must win the 2023 elections by hook or crook.

Other candidates who appeared before ACF executives in Kano include Malam Ibrahim Khalil (ADC), Engr Bashir Bashir (LP), Hon. Sadiq Wali (PDP), Malam Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada (ADP), Hon. Salihu Tanko-Yakasai (PRP) and Gen. Ibrahim Sani  rtd (APM).

The candidates have submitted their blueprint to ACF executives after signing peace accord assuring their commitment to peaceful electioneering.

The engagement is expected to continue next week week with governorship candidate of All Progressive Candidate (APC) and deputy governor of Kano state Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna.

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Emir Sanusi holds Sallah durbar amidst pomp and pageantry

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The Emir of Kano, Malam Mohammad Sanusi ll has conducted a unique Sallah durbar where he received greetings from residents of the ancient city.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Emir had earlier led a two-rakaat Eid prayers at Sheikh Ahmad Tijjani Jumu’at Mosque in Kofar Mata, Kano.

The Emir receiving greetings from Kano residents.

Delivering a sermon after the Eid prayers, Emir Sanusi advised Muslims to embrace the culture of helping the needy and preaching peace.

People paying Sallah homage to Emir Muhammadu Sanusi ll

The Emir emphasized the importance of following Prophet Muhammad’s teachings, which emphasize helping the needy, especially during Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

Thousands of Kano residents waiting to greet Emir Muhammadu Sanusi ll

He also urged the public to intensify prayers for peaceful coexistence in Kano and the nation.

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi ll delivering his Sallah message

Despite economic challenges, many residents performed the Sallah sacrifice and dressed colorfully, while security personnel were deployed to ensure peace and security.

Thousands of people paying Sallah homage to Emir Muhammadu Sanusi ll

Some residents expressed disappointment over the cancellation of the Sallah Durbar by police.

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Police taking orders from unknown source against Kano-State government

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The Kano State Government has expressed concern over the actions of the State Police Commissioner, who has been accused of disobeying the directives of the Governor, particularly regarding the banning of Eid-el-Kabir festivities.

In a press conference held at the Africa House of the Government House, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for justice, Haruna Isa Dederi, addressed the ongoing issues, stating, “I am compelled to address you once again on behalf of His Excellency, the Executive Governor and the Government of Kano State over the unfortunate activities of some enemies of the State that are hell-bent on causing a breakdown of law and order in our State.”

a series of actions that have contributed to the current tension, including the recent passing and signing of the Kano State Emirate Councils (Repeal) Bill, 2024.

“On May 23, 2024, the State House of Assembly passed the bill, which was promptly signed into law by the Governor after thorough consultations with relevant stakeholders and law enforcement agencies.” The government stated.

The Attorney General who spoke on behalf of Governor Abba Yusuf noted that despite the measures, certain individuals have been accused of attempting to destabilize the state.
“Some people are desperately scheming to unjustly penalize the people of Kano for keeping to the tradition of radical politics of voting with their conscience,” the statement read, referring to the repeal of the 2019 Emirates Law and the ensuing litigation.

The government also addressed the recent judgment by the Federal High Court No. 3 in Kano, which claimed that the former emir’s fundamental rights were infringed upon, including allegations of house arrest.

The Kano State Government disputed this, stating, “No one forced him into Gidan Nassarawa, belonging to the government of Kano State.

He went in there and stayed there on his own volition accompanied by security guards. Therefore, no one put him under house arrest.”

The government emphasized the Governor’s constitutional duty as the Chief Security Officer of the State to ensure the protection of lives and properties.

“When the former emir came in accompanied by hoodlums clearly threatening the peace and orderliness of the State, the Governor was under a duty to act to ensure peace, and that was why he issued the arrest order,” it said, noting that the arrest was never actually carried out by security agencies.

Further concerns were raised about the Police Commissioner’s actions, particularly the unilateral decision to ban Eid-el-Kabir festivities without consulting the Governor or the State Security Council.

“How can anybody in his right senses ban Sallah festivities in Kano? And when did the State Governor cease to be the Chief Security Officer of the State that he will only see such a ban on social media?” the statement questioned, accusing the Commissioner of consistently disobeying legitimate instructions and hiding behind “orders from above.”

The government called on all well-meaning Nigerians and international friends of Nigeria to intervene and allow the people of Kano to live in peace. “Any attempt by anybody to undo that is an assault on democracy,” the statement concluded, urging the people of Kano to continue their legitimate activities peacefully and promising to keep them informed as events unfold.

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Kano Pilgrims Move to Muna, commence Hajj exercise

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The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board has announced the successful movement of its pilgrims to Muna, Saudi Arabia, marking the beginning of the Hajj exercise.

KANO FOCUS reports that Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu, the Head of Media Team for Kano State Pilgrims and also the Deputy Governor’s Spokesperson, disclosed this in a statement issued to journalists on Friday.

According to Shuaibu, the relocation began on Thursday night, with the deployment of all the pilgrims, after securing their comfortable camps at Muna.

The Amirul Hajj of the State who is the Deputy Governor, Comrade Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Jibril Falgore, members of the state House of Assembly, Head of Service Alhaji Abdullahi Musa, is among those who arrived at Muna camp.

He further explained that Alhaji Kabir Muhammad Panda, Director operations of the board said kits for each pilgrim, including soap, mats, Maclean, toothpaste, and other necessities have been provided at the tents.

“To ensure security and organization, only pilgrims with ID cards issued by the board will be allowed into the Kano pilgrims’ tent” apart from the NUSUK identity card’ Panda said.

According to him, the team deployed at Muna, comprising preachers, medical personnel and welfare guides, as well as members of the security committee.

He further added that the advance team will proceed to Arafat by midnight of friday to make similar arrangements that will facilitate a seamless operation.

Also, the Deputy Commandant General of Hisbah women wing, Dr Khadija Sulaiman was seen busy arranging women in an orderly manner inside the Mina camp.

The arrival of pilgrims in Muna is a significant milestone in the Hajj pilgrimage, which attracts millions of Muslims from around the world annually.

Muna transforms into a vast tent city, offering temporary accommodation, medical care, food, water, and other essential services.

During their stay in Mina, pilgrims will perform various prayers, including Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, Isha, and Fajr, following the example of the Prophet.

The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board has assured a comfortable and spiritually enriching experience for all pilgrims.

*IBRAHIM GARBA SHUAIBU*
*Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Kano State and Head of Media Team for Kano State pilgrims 2024*
*14th June, 2024*

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