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Governorship debate: Free education not sustainable – LP candidate 

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Aminu Abdullahi

The gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Kano, Engr. Bashir Ishaq Bashir has stated that free education cannot better the sector because is not feasible to sustain, insisting that both parents should be committed in their children education.

KANO FOCUS reports that Engr Bashir stated this on Saturday while presenting his blueprint at the 2023 town hall meeting with governorship candidates in Kano organised by the Centre for Democratic Studies (CDS), Bayero University Kano in collaboration with KANO FOCUS, some media organisations and civil society groups.

Maj. Gen. Sani Ibrahim Yakasai (ARM)

He recalled that even as he lost his father at tender age, his mother sold her refrigerator and bed to sponsor his education.

He described the idea of free education being propagated by various politicians seeking votes from the public as deceptive and unachievable.

“Free education is not feasible because if it is free it will suffer neglect and will not be good enough. There is a saying that you only find free cheese in the mouse trap.

Barr. Haruna Isa Dederi (NNPP)

“For there to be good education, the parents and the authorities must play roles.

Some guests at the venue

“Education can be subsidized to those who cannot afford it but cannot feasibly be made free” he stated.

In the 2-day event which was attended by other Kano governorship candidates that include the representative of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) governorship candidate Barr Haruna Isa Dederi, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Sani Yakasai (rtd) of Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and representative of governorship candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Sunusi Ahmad.

Sunusi Ahmad (ZLP)

The Labour party governorship candidate disagreed with all the other party candidates insisting that if education is made free it will never be efficient and standard.

The candidates all agreed on the aspects of ensuring democracy at the local government level, security, healthcare delivery, poverty alleviation and free education, the LP candidate opposed the issue of making education free.

Governorship candidates at the debate

Responding to questions on how orphans are neglected and engage in lawlessness he explained that he too lost his father at an early age “my mother sold her refrigerator and bed to sponsor my education” promising that they will be catered for.

Responding to a comment by a participant that identified himself as a Kwankwasiyya supporter, Bashir blamed the Kwankwasiya supporters condemning the governor Abdullahi Ganduje led government saying, all they accuse Ganduje of doing were the same things done by their leader Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and only differ in the mode of operation.

In the vote of thanks delivered by the Director CDS, Prof Habu Muhammad, he promised that the centre will conduct another town hall meeting 100 days after any of the gurbernatorial candidates might have been sworn in to confirm if he is on track.

Prof Habu Muhammad

The governorship candidates in attendance have all submitted copies of their manifestos to the CDS.

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

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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

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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

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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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