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Tinubu, Yusuf, ACF mourn Sheikh Nasir Muhammad Nasir



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

President Bola Tinubu has expressed sadness over the death of a foremost Kano-based imam, Sheikh Nasir Muhammad Nasir, aged 87.

KANO FOCUS reports that the President described the death of the religious leader as a loss for the country in view of his contributions to the spread of knowledge and rectitude.

The condolence was contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by Abiodun Oladunjoye, Director of Information, State House.

“Sheikh Nasir will be long remembered for devoting almost his entire life to the search and sharing of knowledge. His voice would never be forgotten for his years of preaching love and righteousness.

“He will be greatly missed in Kano and beyond for his fearless advocacy for the downtrodden, and ceaseless prayers for the country’s leaders.

“I condole with his family, his followers, the emirs of Kano and Bichi as well as the Kano State Government over this huge loss. I pray for the repose of the imam’s soul,” the President said.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf mourns Limamin Waje 

Also Kano state Governor, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf has condoled with the immediate family and people of Kano state over the death of sheikh Nasir Muhammad Nasir  the chief Imam of Waje Jumuat mosque.

The Governor described the deceased as a dinstiguished islamic scholar of repute who contributed immensely towards the development of Islam not only in Kano or Nigeria but to the entire Muslim ummah globally.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa Yusuf said ” it is with total submission to the will of Allah that with the deepest shock we received the news of the death of the eminent scholar, Sheikh Nasir Muhammad Nasir, an imam, a community leader and a peace builder.

According to the Governor Sheikh Nasir had been a man of his words who lived a fullfiled life worthy of emulation by all and his death created a wide vacuum difficult to fill.

“On behalf of the government and people of Kano state, I extend our heartfelt condolences and we will continue to pray for Almighty Allah SWT to grant his soul eternal rest, jañnatul Firdausi be his final abode and give us fortitude to bear the loss.” Symphasized the Governor.

ACF Kano mourns Sheikh Nasir

The Kano State chapter of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is deeply shocked following the demise of the Imam of  Kano’s second Juma’at Masjid ( WAJE) Sheikh Muhammad Nasir, Waziri Murabus.

In a condolence message, the Chairman, Dr Goni Farouk Umar lauded the positive contributions of the late Muslim cleric to Islamic propagation, and the administration of justice in the state during his sojourn in the state judiciary.

The ACF leader also recalled  similar positive engagements when he and the late Sheikh among others greatly sustained the Hausa Week at the then ABC/ ABU Kano (now BUK), an annual event that attracted scholars, researchers and artistes from far and near. It also impacted the position of the Language worldwide.

Dr Farouk Umar prayed Allah  to grant Sheikh Nasir Muhammad eternal rest and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

A statement issued by Publicity Secretary Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Kano State Chapter Bello Sani Galadanci said the remains of Sheikh Nasir who passed on Wednesday were escorted  to the Dandolo graveyard on Thursday.

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Gov Yusuf rejects tribunal judgement, heads to appeal court



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




The Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has vowed to appeal the judgement of the governorship election tribunal which nullified his election and declared the APC candidate, Nasiru Yusuf Gawauna as the winner.

KANO FOCUS reports that Yusuf made the declaration on Wednesday night, while making a broadcast to the people of the state.

He said his legal team had been directed to appeal the judgement at the court of appeal in order to reclaim the mandate given to him by the people of the State.

He, therefore, Called on the good people of the state to remain calm and continue to be law abiding as security agents have been directed to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizens.

“Let me assure you that the this government would continue to work for the development of the people of the state as the judgement will never dampen our spirit or discourage us from the good work we have started.” he said.

The Governor, who thanked the people of the state for their continued support and cooperation, urged them to go about with normal activities.

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Kano records 5,800 cases of Diphtheria – UNICEF



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Tuesday, said that Kano State has recorded 5,800 suspected cases of Diphtheria from January to date.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Head, UNICEF Field Office, Kano, Mr Rahama Mohammned-Farah, stated this in Kano during a one-day media orientation on Diphtheria outbreak.

The UN Agency said the cases were recorded in 39 local government areas of the state.

According to him, Kano State has the highest number of recorded cases in the country, adding that Diphtheria was a highly contagious and infectious disease that could cause death.

Mohammned-Farah stressed that proactive measures were necessary to stem the outbreak.

“Recently, we have seen a surge in the number of reported Diphtheria cases in Nigeria, and Nigeria is currently facing an outbreak that needs to be stopped and prevented.

“As of July, Diphtheria cases have been on the rise. As of last week, over 400 suspected cases with 11 deaths have been reported in Kano.

“Out of the 39 LGAs affected, eight are the most affected, including Ungogo with 2,651 cases; Dala 989, Fagge 943, Gwale 714, Kumbotso 713, Nasarawa 538, Kano Municipal 506 and Tarauni 269,” he said.

He said that 60.8 per cent of the suspected cases had been reported in children not vaccinated, which reinforced the critical need to address the issue of zero doses, especially in Kano State.

“UNICEF delivered 1.2 million vaccines to the Kano State Government in our continuing support to the government response to Diphtheria outbreak.

“Diphtheria outbreak is a threat to child survival, health and the wellbeing of children. UNICEF is collaborating with government and partners to respond to the emergency to save the lives of children affected.

“In Kano state, UNICEF supported Tetanus-Diphtheria reactive vaccination campaigns in February, April and August, vaccinating 23,200 children in round one.

“While 277,796 children vaccinated in round two and 29,500 others in round-3 of the exercise.

“We engaged 150 traditional leaders on Diphtheria outbreak and distribution of Diphtheria IEC materials, and deployed 1,500 VCMs to the worst affected LGAs to conduct house-to-house sensitisations and referral of suspected cases to health facilities.

“Media has a key role to play particularly in infection prevention, and risk communication and community engagement,” he said.

Also speaking, Dr Muhammad Nasir-Mahmoud, the Director-General, Kano State Primary Healthcare Management Board, said the state government had adopted drastic measures to curtail spread of the disease.

“We are committed towards educating the public about what is happening and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has promised that Kano will be accorded priority in terms of vaccine distribution,” he said.

While describing the media as partners in the fight against Diphtheria, Nasir-Mahmoud urged them to support the campaign against the disease.

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IPAC appeals to Kano governorship tribunal to be impartial



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Interparty Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has urged the judges of the Kano election petition tribunal court to discharge its duties with utmost integrity and impartiality.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement issued by the organization secretary Kano chapter Nuhu Idris on Tuesday.

IPAC also called upon the tribunal to consider each case diligently and ensure that all the parties involved are given equal opportunities to present their argument and evidence.

It could be recalled that the election tribunal has fixed Wednesday 20th September 2023 to deliver judgment on APC’s petition against Abba Kabir Yusuf.

A hearing notice issued by the Secretary of the election petition tribunal on Monday said the judgment would be delivered at 9.00 a.m., at the High Court of Miller Road in Kano.

Mr Idris said the organization has acknowledged the importance of the electoral process in a democratic society, where the voice and choice of the people are paramount.

He said the ongoing legal proceedings before the tribunal are a testament to the vibrancy of democracy and the resolve of citizens to seek redress through legal means.

“IPAC firmly believes that justice must not only be done but must also be seen to be done.

“We, Therefore, implore the tribunal to maintain transparency in its proceedings allowing the public and all concerned parties to have confidence in the outcome of the legal process, the statement said.

He added that it is essential that the tribunal’s decisions are guided by the rule of law and the facts presented, rather than any external influence.

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