Ganduje, Sanusi Exchange Pleasantries At Eid Praying Ground

Ganduje, Sanusi Exchange Pleasantries At Eid Praying Ground

 

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, were seen exchanging pleasantries on Tuesday.

Both leaders shook hands when they met at the Eid praying ground in the ancient town of Kano for the Eid el-Fitr celebrations after the conclusion of Ramadan fast.

Governor Ganduje who was dressed in a white agbada with a black cap put on a bright smile as he greeted the Emir who was also dressed in colourful traditional attire.


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The governor was accompanied to the praying ground by some top government officials in the state as many Muslims also attended the prayer session.

Both leaders exchanged pleasantries in the public space for the first time since the creation of additional emirates in Kano.

On May 8, Governor Ganduje signed into law the bill seeking the establishment of four additional first-class emirates in Kano.

His assent came shortly after members of the Kano State House of Assembly passed the bill for the creation of new Emirates in Rano, Gaya, Karaya, and Bichi.

Before the passage, the lawmakers approved the amendment of the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Law of the state.

This sparked mixed reactions, but the governor denied claims that the creation of additional Emirates was to settle personal scores with anyone.

Instead, he explained that they were created to make the traditional institution in the state more effective and went further to declare his respect for the Emir of Kano.

Despite this position, Ganduje insisted that the traditional ruler was answerable to his Local Government Chairman, as enshrined in the Constitution.

Two days after the bill became a law, a State High Court in Kano ordered Governor Ganduje and five others to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice filed by Mr Rabiu Gwarzo.

Justice Nasiru Saminu in a ruling delivered on May 10 ordered the respondents to halt the process in the creation of the new Emirates.

A day after the ruling, Governor Ganduje presented letters of appointment to four new first-class emirs during a ceremony held at the state capital.

 

They are Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado Bayero who is the son of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero; Emir of Gaya, Ibrahim Abulkadir; Emir of Rano, Tafida Abubakar; and Emir of Karaye, Abubakar Ibrahim II.

The governor was confident that the creation of the new Emirates would make the traditional system in Kano more efficient.

Sultan, Emir Of Kano, Other Traditional Rulers Dine With President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday had dinner with traditional rulers, including the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar; the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi.

Other traditional rulers who joined the president during the breaking of the Ramadan fast were Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji, Eze Imo, Eze Samuel Ohiri; Emir of Hadejia, Alhaji Adamu Abubakar Maje among others.

Government officials, including the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari; SGF, Boss Mustapha, were among those at the event.

This is the first time that Sanusi would be seen publicly with the president since Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje broke the Kano emirate into five.

 

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I Am ‘Emotionally Indebted’ To Ganduje, Emir Of Kano – Shettima

 

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has said that he remains emotionally indebted to his Kano State counterpart, Ibrahim Ganduje and the Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi.

He said this during a press briefing on Saturday amid growing concerns that he was taking sides with the governor, following his (Ganduje’s) decision to create four new emirates in Kano.

“We are dwelling on trivialities and issues that are of the past”, Shettima said.

He explained that the Northern Governors have been working behind the scenes to resolve the issues between both the governor and the Emir and that contrary to claims that he was taking sides with Ganduje, he was emotionally indebted to the two prominent leaders.

“I have ties in Kano. The governor of Kano has adopted 200 sons of Borno (orphans) and the Kano State Government is shouldering the burden of their education, welfare, up to university level so, I am emotionally indebted to him,” he said.

“I am equally emotionally indebted to Emir Muhammadu Sanusi because under his stewardship he brought the BDC to Borno. It was under his stewardship that he brought a lot of investments to my state and most importantly, he was our gateway to Aliko Dangote when he went and solved a huge humanitarian crisis in Borno, he was the one who mobilised the business community to render a helping hand.

“The governor is an elder statesman that I hold in the highest esteem and the emir is one of the intellectual torchbearers of Northern Nigeria”.

Earlier at a meeting on Wednesday, Shettima had taken a swipe at those faulting the decentralization of the Kano Emirate, noting that there were other more important issues to worry about.


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But giving further clarifications on the matter on Saturday, he said he was quoted out of context by a section of the media.

He then went on to explain that there was an unwritten pact among the governors not to criticize each other in the public no matter what the issue may be.
According to him, rather than dwell on cultural and religious issues, people should champion things that could bring about rapid socio-economic development in the northern region and the country at large.

“Amongst us governors, there is an unwritten pact – we do not criticise one another in the public. If we have issues, we sort it out from behind.

“It is for us to build bridges, not to destroy bridges. We are working from behind the scenes to see that we normalise the relationship,” he said.

The Kano State House of Assembly had on May 8, passed the bill for the creation of the four additional first class Emirates.

This was after approval of the amendment of the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs law by the lawmakers.

In a motion presented to the House by the Majority Leader Baffa Babba, the House unanimously agreed that creation of more Emirates will assist in job creation, dispute, and community conflict resolutions among others.

Upon the passage of the bill by the Kano Assembly, Governor Ganduje assented and went on to present letters of appointment to four new first-class Emirs in the state, a decision that has sparked criticism from many.

Ganduje Denies Creating Additional Kano Emirates To Settle Personal Scores

Ganduje Denies Creating Additional Kano Emirates To Settle Personal Scores
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje (file).

 

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has denied the claims the creation of additional emirates in the state was done to settle personal scores with anyone.

The governor said this in an interview with reporters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Contrary to the allegations, he explained that the additional emirates were created to make the traditional institution in the state more effective.

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Governor Ganduje went further to declare his respect for the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

He, however, noted that the traditional ruler was answerable to his Local Government Chairman, as enshrined in the Constitution.

The governor also faulted that claims that the creation of additional emirates has rubbished hundreds of years of tradition in the state.

He made the clarification two days after signing in to law, the bill seeking the establishment of four additional first-class emirates in Kano.

Governor Ganduje gave the assent following the passage of the bill by the Kano State House of Assembly.

The four additional first-class emirates are to be situated in Rano, Gaya, Karaya and Bichi.

Emir Of Kano Says Killer Herdsmen Should Be Prosecuted

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Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo)

 

The Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II, has said any herdsman who kills another individual should be made to face the law.

The Emir, represented by former Kano State Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, said this in Ekiti State on Tuesday at a meeting of representatives of the state government, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), heads of security agencies and other stakeholders.

“I commiserate with the people and government of Ekiti state over the recent herdsmen attack that led to the loss of lives. I wish to state that any herdsman who takes another person’s life should be made to face the legal consequence,” he said.

The Emir praised the Ekiti State government for how it has handled the farmers-herdsmen crisis in the state and called on herdsmen to be law abiding.
In 2016, amid increasing reports of attacks by herdsmen, Governor Ayo Fayose had signed a bill aimed at curtailing the activities of herdsmen into law.

Under the law, ‘Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti, 2016’, cattle grazing is prohibited in some areas and the grazing time is limited to the period between 7 am to 6 pm, among other things.

Both the Emir and the MACBAN Presisent, Muhammadu Kiruwa, who has been critical of the anti-grazing law in Benue, praised the state’s anti-grazing law and the participatory approach adopted by Governor Fayose in handling the situation.

They commended the governor for taking the lead in engaging stakeholders and aggrieved parties in public discussions aimed at calming nerves and engendering peace.

Governor Fayose told the meeting that a combination of dialogue, fine-tuning the state anti-grazing law, deemphasising reprisals, wielding the big stick, and granting amnesty where necessary was necessary to get desirable results.

“For those who are ready to surrender their weapons, we will consider granting them amnesty, we are also amending the anti-grazing law to ensure undue aggression by host communities is also put under check,” he said.

The Governor, the emir’s representative and the MACBAN leader later signed a peace pact after deliberation behind closed doors.

Buhari Visits Emir Of Kano In Photos

President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on a two-day working visit to Kano State has paid a visit to the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II.

President Buhari who arrived Kano on Wednesday morning during his visit to the Emir reaffirmed his promises of fighting corruption, reviving the economy and ensuring the security of life and properties of Nigerians.

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Governors Are More Important For Development Than FG – Emir of Kano

The Emir Of Kano, Emir Muhammad Sanusi II has emphasised the importance of state governors in national growth and development saying, development is now driven by cities and not by the Federation.

Speaking in Kaduna, during the commissioning of an integrated Feed Mill and Poultry valued at N150million, the Emir said state governors need to encourage private investment in their states as they are far more important wheel of development than the Federal Government.

“The governors are far more important wheel of development in Nigeria than the Federal Government. The only way to bring development to the grassroot is for every governor to go out internationally and locally, encourage private investment and create jobs in the state.

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“This is not to say the Federal Government is not important, just as I am pleased to see the Governor of Central Bank and the Ministers here. Clearly, the state operates with a macro environment.

“So, constant dialogue and constant discussions between state and the Federal Government to create the right environment for the governors to go out and seek investment is essential for the development of this country,” he said.

Sanusi also said the commissioning represents “the cutting edge of development thinking. Which is that development is now being driven by cities and not by the Federation. Everywhere in the world, it is the city of New York, the city Atlanta, the city of Chicago, the city of London, the city of Paris, the city of Tokyo.”

The former governor of CBN also appreciated Olam Grains Nigeria for the huge investment which is an avenue of jobs creation. “I am happy at the number of jobs that will be created directly and indirectly.”

Osinbajo Meets Emir Of Kano Behind Closed Doors

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, visited Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa today.

During the visit, the Emir and the Acting President held a meeting behind closed doors for over two hours at Professor Osinbajo’s wing of the State House.

At the end of the meeting, the Emir declined to comment when approached by State House correspondents and asked about the purpose of his visit to the villa.

This is the second time the Emir is visiting the Acting President in five months.

During his first visit in February, the Emir also declined to speak with State House correspondents.

Emir of Kano Denies Spending N6bn In Three Years

The Kano Emirate Council has refuted the allegations that Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II has spent N6bn of the emirate’s fund since he assumed office.

A senior official in the emirate council, Bashir Wali, at a press briefing in Kano on Monday explained that the emirate has only spent N2.9bn since Sanusi emerged emir in June 2014.

Mr. Wali, who is also said to be in charge of the emirate’s finance added that that Emir Sanusi inherited N1.9bn and not N4bn as stated in some media reports.

The explanations by the emirate council follows reports on the social media that the Kano State anti-corruption agency is set to investigate the council over the claims it spent N6bn in three years.

Sanusi, U.S. Envoy Commend Obiano’s Leadership Style

Sanusi, U.S. Envoy Commend Obiano’s Leadership Style Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has commended Governor Willie Obiano for deploying his wealth of experience and administrative skills in the growth and development of Anambra state within his short period in government.

Mr Sanusi gave the commendation during his visit to Anambra for a private engagement.

The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria who was once a colleague of Mr Obiano, noted that the governor distinguished himself even in the sector, resulting to their continued friendship.

He therefore prayed for the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming governorship election in the state adding that Anambra under Governor Obiano will continue to make progress.

Meanwhile, the United States Ambassador, Mr Stuart Symington, also paid a visit to the governor where he assured him of the support of the U.S, especially in the areas of agriculture, health, education and industrialisation.

“Working together as one, we can do anything including resolving all those challenges you are facing in security, resolving all those challenges you face in food production and resolving every other challenges that you face that put people away.

“So it is a great privilege to meet your governor, it’s wonderful to meet your commissioners and your team and to have the chance to come once again to this very important part of Nigeria,” Mr Symington stated.

Sanusi Asks Nigerians To Respect Human Rights

Sanusi Asks Nigerians To Respect Human RightsThe Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has asked Nigerians to always respect the rights of the weak, the vulnerable and the minority for peaceful coexistence.

The Emir made the call on Wednesday when visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at his place in Ile Ife, Osun State.

Accompanied by senior members of the Kano Emirate Council, he said he was in Ile Ife to formally congratulate the Ooni on his ascension to the throne of his forefathers, and to appreciate him for his fatherly role in the recent communal crisis in Ile Ife.

Agents Of Peace

“I was here as a prince a couple of years ago in company of my late father, Emir Ado Bayero, during the 30th coronation anniversary of the late Ooni Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II. As a prince, I had always felt welcome in this palace and today, on arriving here, I have received the same welcome as a member of this royal family.

“It is indeed remarkable and we thank Allah for the way he does his things, because the relationship between our two predecessors which was critical to building bridges across the Niger and unifying the people of this country has continued with us, and I hope we will keep being agents of peace and unity for our great country,” the visiting monarch said.

“My visit here today is a happy and sad one. It is a happy one because it is an opportunity for me to come and formally congratulate you on your enthronement, and it is a sad one because it is in connection with the sad incident that occurred in Ile-Ife recently.

“I know many people from the north have been complaining that I have been quiet on this matter, let me say that the moment this sad incident happened, His Majesty, the Ooni of Ife reached out to me and Sultan; both of us have reached out to Ooni on a number of times and we are satisfied with the fatherly way he has so far responded to the crisis, which we see as a confirmation that he is truly the father of all in Yorubaland irrespective of tribes and religion.

“And we felt that so long the Ooni was doing everything humanly possible to stabilise the situation, there was no need for anyone of us to make any statement that could worsen the situation. Let me also add that I was to be here with the Sultan, but he has had to travel and he has asked me to represent him and all the Northern traditional rulers.

“I on behalf of Sultan and the other Emirs, commiserate with you over the sad incident. You showed indeed that everyone in Ife is your subject, which is the way it should be. The family we come from and the institution we represent are institutions that take responsibility for protecting the lives, property and dignity of our people living within their jurisdiction irrespective of where they are from. We thank you for playing that role,” he added.

Sanusi also commended the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, for setting up a commission of inquiry to look into the matter and immediate cause of the incident and to recommend appropriately, saying “our relationship in the country is such that safety in one place is safety everywhere”.

A Detribalised Nigerian

In his remarks, Ooni Ogunwusi thanked the Emir whom he described as a perfect gentleman, and expressed satisfaction with the reaction of the northern leaders over the ugly incident.

“When you are talking of intellectuals in Africa, Emir Sanusi is actually a force to reckon with. I have always had tremendous respect for him. Thank you Your Highness for this historic visit. You are a detribalised Nigerian who has always shown love to members of other tribes. My love for you dates back to when you were Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, as your courage of calling a spade a spade actually drew my attention to you.

“You and I met in the UK and we had intensive conversation as regards the crisis and the need to strengthen the unity of all Nigerians. That meeting played a significant role in finally dousing the tension. You are indeed part of us in Ile-Oodua and we are also part of the Kano Emirate. Our prayer therefore, is that our relationship will continue to wax stronger,” he said.

The Yoruba monarch also appreciated the Osun State Government for its demonstration of love and responsibility during the crisis.

“The State Government of Osun has played its role very responsibly by swiftly rising to the occasion, and severally visiting the affected areas with solidarity and donation of cash and other relieve materials. Same goes with us here at the palace, Ife prominent indigenes and all the Yoruba leaders of thought.

“We have been doing this just to give them the assurance that we are one big family and I have since been working perfectly with the Sultan and the Emirs for the sustenance of the peace that we have restored after the crisis,” he said.

After presenting the Emir with an artwork gift representing the cultural diversity in Nigeria and the unity of the people, Ooni Ogunwusi and his chiefs led the Emir and his entourage on a visit to the Hausa community at the Sabo area of the town, where they both had a brief meeting with Seriki Hausa and his people.

Zamfara Governor Replies Sanusi Over Comments On Meningitis

Zamfara Governor Replies Sanusi Over Comments On MeningitisWhen the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, referred to the response of the Governor of Zamfara State over the outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis, it was clear he was stirring up a new debate on the matter.

Governor Abdulaziz Yari has responded to the comments made by the Emir, insisting that the comments were half-truth.

He also maintained that the outbreak of the disease indeed has a spiritual undertone.

“I stand by my words that if people do not change, God will not change for them. Therefore, I will answer the Emir perfectly and give him the Quran content of the Hadith where I belong to and where I have my fact.

“For instance, I made mention that in the past we have Type A, which vaccines have been brought and they have vaccinated over four million doses in 2011.

“We are now having Type B and Type C which they don’t even know. At the Centre for Disease Control in Chicago where we get our vaccines from, they only have five million,” he said.

Emir of Kano had on Wednesday, at the opening of the Kaduna State Economic and Investment Summit, criticised the statement credited to the Zamfara State Governor on meningitis, saying they were horrendous and “Islamically incorrect”.