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Don’t set Nigeria on fire over Kano Gov’ship – S’west Hausa leaders

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Hausa Traditional Rulers in South West on Saturday warned political leaders not to set Nigeria ablaze over the Kano State governorship poll.

KANO FOCUS reports that there is a palpable tension in Kano ahead of the Supreme Court judgment on the disputed election.

The two major political parties in the state, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), last week signed another peace accord to maintain decorum ahead of the last leg of the legal battle challenging Governor Abba Yusuf’s election.

Last month, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja upheld the sack of Governor Yusuf of the NNPP and declared Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the APC governorship candidate as the duly elected governor of the state.

 

In a unanimous judgment of a three-member panel delivered by Justice Moore Adumein, the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by the Kano Governor against the judgment of the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which declared Gawuna, as the winner of the state’s governorship election held on March 18.

But Hausa leaders in the South West met in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Saturday, where they expressed concerns on the building tension in Kano State.

The leaders under the aegis of South West Hausa Traditional Rulers Association of Nigeria described the development in Kano as “frightening.”

Reading the position of the traditional rulers, the Sarki of Sagamu, Alhaji Inuwa Garba, called on Nigerian leaders to “use their knowledge and political wisdom in dealing with the Kano problem so as to avoid violence and mayhem.”

According to him, any crisis that arises from Kano may spread across Nigeria due to its centrality and political influence in the North and Nigeria; the relative dominance of Kano State economically in the Northern Region and Nigeria as a whole; the multi-ethnicity of Kano residence especially the Southwest people, whom are mostly traders and workers, and the general political awareness of the people and social influence.

Garba said, “As elders and traditional leaders, we are particularly worried that our South West hardworking people might be caught up in the centre of the impasse since they are in possession of various assets like houses, shops and other businesses with immense investment.

“As a matter of fact, we are appealing to our esteemed leaders to use their knowledge and political wisdom in dealing with the Kano problem so as to avoid violence and mayhem.

“Not only that, the Kano problem might easily spread to other parts of the country as it happened during the ill-fated President Shagari era where the problem emanates from truncating democracy in the South West.

“As such, with due regard to saving the people, their lives and property, we hope the elders and leaders will apply the wisdom to save the situation.”

He said the leaders were out to ensure peace and harmony reign in the country.

Source: Daily Trust

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Gov. Yusuf Flag off Distribution of Over N1 billion Worth Free Fertilizers to Smallholder Farmers in Kano

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf Thursday unveiled distribution of free fertilizers worth over one billion naira to smallholder farmers including females and People with Disabilities in the state.

A statement by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Spokesperson to the Governor, said the initiative was in fulfillment of Governor Yusuf’s campaign promise to improve livelihood through investment on Agribusiness.

Governor Yusuf had during his campaign activities towards 2023 elections promised to champion Agricultural transformation through provision of quality and affordable Agricultural inputs as contained in his 70 page blueprint presented to the good people of Kano tittled “My Commitment for Kano”

Besides, the Dawakin-Tofa revealed the over a billion naira worth NPK fertilizers that was distributed to 52,800 smallholder farmers across the 44 Local Government areas were produced by the state owned Kano Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO).

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf while flagging off the agric input disbursement explained the intention was to reduce cost of production and boost food security.

The state executive council had also approved the procurement of over five billion naira worth fertilizers that will soon be made available to Kano farmers at subsedised rate.

The Governor stressed that farmers already battling with high cost of inputs and labour occasioned by economic reality, now have cause to redouble energy to multiple their produces.

He emphasised on the government readiness to sustain food production through regular supply of fertilizer production by the state owned company (KASCO). Governor Yusuf said KASCO and other state manufacturering centres are being strengthening to revertilise revenue flow and sustain the economy of the economy of the state.

The beneficiaries which include women farmers and people living with disabilities are expected to recieve 25kg of NPK fertilizer to support thier farming activities and eventually boost the yeild of thier crops and improve livelihood of the people.

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Agriculture: Gov. Yusuf issues stern warning against diversion of fertilizer distributed to Kano farmers..

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… As Emir Sanusi harps on fairness in sharing

The Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has issued a stern warning to officials of the state against the diversion of fertilizer distributed to 52,800 farmers across the 44 Local Government Areas.

This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.

The governor’s warning was made during the flag-off of the distribution of free fertilizer to farmers across the 44 local governments, held at the Open Arena, Government House, Kano.

The Governor mandated the Kano Project Protection Association (Kano-PRO-PA) to ensure adherence to the distribution guidelines intended for smallholder farmers.

“Any government official found diverting this fertilizer will be dealt with severely.

“We will not tolerate corruption. This gesture is meant for real farmers,” the Governor warned.

In his remark the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, emphasized the importance of fairness in the distribution exercise to achieve the set goals and objectives.

He noted that the gesture was timely, as the Emirate has received reports from District Heads about the high price of fertilizer impeding farming during the 2024 rainy season, potentially causing food shortages.

Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II added that ensuring the fertilizer reaches the intended beneficiaries and providing the necessary farm inputs will significantly assist in achieving a bumper harvest.

He urged farmers to judiciously utilize the given resources.

The Emir also called on well-to-do individuals, philanthropists, and those capable in society to empower farmers with inputs and aid the needy during these trying times.

He commended the Kano State Government under the leadership of Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf for initiating people-oriented projects aimed at uplifting the standard of living of Kano’s populace.

Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II prayed for peace, unity, stability, prosperity, and economic development in the state and beyond.

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Gov. Yusuf reinstates Emir of Gaya, appoints two others for Rano, Karaye emirates

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has approved the appointment of three second class Emirs of Rano, Gaya and Karaye Emirates.

 

KANO FOCUS reports that the new emirs are to serve as second class answerable to Kano emirate.

 

According to a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Spokesperson to the Governor and made available to journalists in Kano the newly appointed Emirs are: Alhaji Muhammad Mahraz Karaye, as Emir of Karaye (who until his appointment was the District Head of Rogo); Alhaji Muhammad Isa Umar, as Emir of Rano (who until his appointment, was the District Head of Bunkure) and Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya, as Emir of Gaya (who was the emir of the defunct Gaya emirate).

 

While congratulating the newly appointed Emirs, Governor Abba K. Yusuf enjoined them to be custodians of culture, peace and unity of the people in thier respective emirates.

 

You may recall that the Governor had on Tuesday the 16th of July, 2024 signed into law three second class emirates in the state with Rano covering only Rano, Kibiya and Bunkure Local Government areas. Gaya covering only Gaya, Ajingi and Albasu Local Government areas. Karaye covers only Karaye and Rogo Local Government areas.

 

The appointments are with immediate effect.

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