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Kano Governor-elect advises Ganduje’s administration to cooperate with transition committee



Aminu Abdullahi

Kano state Governor-elect, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Saturday, appealed to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration to cooperate with a 65-member Gubernatorial Transition Committee (GTC) he inaugurated for smooth transition programme come May 29, 2023.

KANO FOCUS reports that the GTC inaugurated at Tahir Guest Palace on Saturday is chaired by former Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Dr. Abdullahi Baffa Bichi.

Speaking during the inauguration of the 65-member GTC, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf said, “I wish to call on the outgoing administration and all the MDAs in the state to cooperate with our Transition Committee to engender a seamless and hitch- free transition.”

He told members of the GTC that, “with your appointment into this Committee, I expect you to play your roles with skill and efficiency. You should be courageous, innovative and responsive. I urge you to maintain appropriate and harmonious relationships amongst yourselves.”

According to him:”We are transiting to a government that respects the rule of law

and due process; we are transiting to meritocracy and target-driven and purposeful governance; and we are transiting to patriotic nationalism and people-oriented governance. In doing your work, and in all your interactions

with MDAs, you should be guided by these.”

The Kano Governor-elect further stated that: ”I make haste to add that our Movement is blessed with very many high quality and competent professionals, technocrats and politicians of repute that selecting the few members to serve on the Transition Committee from among that pool of experts has been such a competitive task. I want to assure those that did not see themselves in this Committee that they are not forgotten.

”And we will not forget any one. Let me also express my appreciation to the electorates in Kano State and indeed all residents of the state, especially our teeming youth and women, for voting our party and ensuring our victory.

”I pray that you would continue to cooperate and support our incoming administration as we set to commence the implementation of our campaign promises as contained in our blueprint.”

He added that: “This Gubernatorial Transition Committee is therefore put in place to promote the orderly transfer of Executive Power together with the services and facilities needed to assume official duties from the outgoing administration to our incoming administration.

“Such services and facilities include, but not limited to,the Gubernatorial Records, the State Government Records, and the Executive Branch records, etc.

”As you accepted to serve, it is essential not to lose sight of the fact that we will be running a progressive government that will be responsive to the yearnings and aspirations of all the citizens and residents of our dear state. We will, in sha Allah, work to right the wrongs and to heal all wounds inflicted on our state.

“Your work at this Committee would set the stage ready for our State’s journey to enduring peace, economic prosperity and sustainable development.

”You are expected to carry out this assignment with professionalism, dedication, sincerity and patriotism. You are expected to be guided by the

conditions of your appointments as contained in your letters of appointment and other relevant guidelines and directives that may be issued from time to time.”

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Sheikh Mahy Niasse denies urging Emir Sanusi to step down




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




….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



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


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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