Abdulsalami Abubakar, former military head of state, is chairing the committee convened to intervene in the ongoing crisis in Kano state.
Kayode Fayemi and Bello Masari, governors of Ekiti and Katsina states respectively, are also members of the committee.
TheCable reported that Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, had taken steps to remove Muhammad Sanusi II as emir of Kano, ticking off a chain of reactions.
Ganduje created additional emirates in Kano, splitting the entire domain once under Sanusi.
He also issued a two-day ultimatum to the emir to accept his appointment as the chairman of Kano state council of chiefs following a new emirate law he signed.
This was to compel Sanusi to accept the creation of the four additional emirates.
The governor also claimed he received a letter asking him to dethrone the emir if he fails to submit to the state’s authority.
In a statement on Sunday, Adamu Fika, the committee’s secretary, said the reconciliation was necessary to prevent the spread of the crisis to neighbouring states.
He said the committee is working with the cooperation of the federal government and in agreement with Ganduje and Sanusi.
“Against the background of the crisis in Kano, a matter that has since degenerated into serious tension with the state, with likely consequence on peace and security, and with the possibility of such spilling into neighbouring states, a group of elders, under the chairmanship of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR has been formed to intervene and bring about full reconciliation and effective resolution of the matter,” he said.
“The committee is working with the full understanding and cooperation of the Federal Government. Initial contact has been made with His Excellency the Governor of Kano, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as well as with His Highness the Emir of Kano, Sarki Muhammadu Sanusi II. They have each agreed to hold back from taking any further actions until the Committee has fully undertaken and finalised this exercise of reconciliation and resolution.
“Similarly, they each have undertaken to call on all their supporters and sympathisers, including social media operators, to refrain from making statements, declarations, songs, articles, blogs and all actions inimical to the spirit and process of good order, reconciliation, and good governance. We call on everyone to hearken to this call.”
Other members of the 11-man committee are Adamu Fika, Muhammed Inuwa, Abdullahi Ibrahim, Dalhatu Sarki, Umaru Mutalib, Ibarahim Gambari, and Sharif Ibrahim.
American Woman Travels Down To Kano, To Marry Nigerian Lover
Adamu Aminu, Kano.
An American woman Janine Sanchez is set to marry her Instagram lover in March after visiting his home in Panshekara, Kano.
FWM reports that Ms Sanchez, 46, fell in love with Sulaiman Isah, 26, after they met about 11months ago on the social networking platform, Instagram.
Ms Sanchez was visibly delighted as she holds Mr Isah’s hand with constant love-glimpsing during an interview with newsmen in Kano metropolis.
Mr Isah said he had always dreamed up about marrying a white woman and fathering mixed-race kids.
“It was an imagination come into reality for me when she reacted to my message.
“We continued exchanging messages and our relationship became closer and stronger”
“I, therefore, invited her to visit me in Kano.” Said Isah.
Ms Sanchez, a chef based in Lindon, California said she would be taking Isah back to the US after the marriage.
“I have two kids – a boy and a girl – from my previous marriage. As we have joint custody with my ex-husband, I cannot take the kids away from their father.”
Isah, a barber, and a student, popularly fondly called as ‘Babayaro’ said that is not a problem.
“I will be visiting my parents and other relations regularly. And she has agreed that even our future kids will be coming to Nigeria to visit my family.” He said.
Another point of contention is the 20-year age gap between the couple.
“I wasn’t looking to date anybody younger than 30 but he is very mature for his age.
“When I talk to him I feel like I’m talking to somebody my age.” Ms Sanchez said.
“The age difference doesn’t matter as Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) married an older woman too. So I’m following in his Sunnah.” Isah said.
Meanwhile, Mr Isah’s family are happy about the forthcoming marriage but worried about the religious implication.
His mother, Mrs Fatima Sulaiman said she has agreed to the marriage and Sulaiman’s relocation to the USA.
“We are now singled out as the in-laws of a white woman.
“I pray for Allah’s protection as Sulaiman leaves for America.” She said.
Adding that this is the will of God. We have only good wishes for the couple.
“But my prayer is that he retains his Islamic religion wherever he finds himself,” She said.
Isa has now become celebrated in his neighbourhood in Kano as people trooped in mass to snaps glimpse of him being a young man who grabs the heart of an American woman travelling all the way from California, the United States to come and seek his family’s permission in marrying their son.
NDLEA Intercepts 895 Kg of Cannabis in Kano.
Adamu Aminu, Kano.
The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Kano command intercepted 895 kilograms of cannabis in Kano.
The NDLEA, Kano State Commandant, Dr Ibrahim Abdul stated this while briefing newsmen, on Wednesday in Kano.
He said the huge concealment originated from Ogbese, Ondo state and billed to be distributed to Kano and Bauchi state.
“Our operatives intercepted a trailer truck at Kwanar Dan-Gora, Kiru local government area where huge concealment of suspected cannabis sativa amidst other goods was discovered,” He said.
Dr Abdul stressed the Kano command unalloyed determination blended with unflinching cooperation from the members of the general public to rid the state of the drug abuse and trafficking has amounted to this spectacular arrest and seizure.
“Three men and one female suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure” he confirmed.
Dr Abdul added that the truck driver was presently at large, and the female suspect in detention was said to be the wife of the driver on the run, who was said to be wedded to him for less than a fortnight ago.
The NDLEA Kano commandant, Dr. Ibrahim Abdul has craved the cooperation of the general public, to remain steadfast towards compliments the efforts of his command to stem the tide and get Kano rip-off drug abuse.
INEC Kano: Security, Fairness, Paramount In Upcoming Re-Run Elections.- Kano INEC Commissioner.
Adamu Aminu, Kano.
The resident Electoral Commissioner (INEC) Kano State. Professor Risqua Shehu said apart from INEC commitment to conduct of free, fair and credible upcoming re-run elections, security issue is a paramount for the successful conduct for the forthcoming elections in Kano State.
Professor Risqua made the statement during the meeting of stakeholders, held Tuesday at INEC headquarters in Kano.
He said the commission has been liaising with all relevant security agencies to provide adequate security for the re-run elections in the affected local government’s areas.
“They have assured us of their readiness in ensuring a safe and conducive environment for the conduct of the re-run elections,” he said.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Kano State asserts that the commission finds the increasing trend of violence in recent elections very disheartening and disturbing despite all efforts to curtail it.
“It is important to note that based on security advice, no NYSC member will be posted to Bebeji local government” He assured.
Adding that henceforth his commission will not allow violence to mar the credibility of the elections.
Risque further said the elections will be suspended in the event for the threat to the safety of voters, personal and materials.
In his remarks, Police Commissioner, Kano state Ahmad Sani said his command would leave no stone-unturned in taming the tide of any security issues, capable of blemishing the re-run contest in the affected neighbourhoods.
” Anybody found posed to wreak havoc during the upcoming elections will be decisively dealt with in accordance with the provision of law” Commissioner advised.
During the interaction, most of the party stakeholders have called on the state electoral commission, based on the past insinuations, they deserve to be non-partisan and impartial in the course of discharging their statutory obligations.
While on the other hand, some party representatives craved the indulgence of the state police commissioner with regard to the misguided and provocative statements over the media by some political bigwigs, having the temperament of hovering above the law.
Saying that this had happened and still happening, and nothing is done to bring them to book, based on the belief of enjoying strong backing of the incumbent government.
According to Kano State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the upcoming re-run elections are scheduled to be conducted on 25th January 2020 at two federal constituencies (,
Kiru/Bebeji and Tudun Wada) and two polling units in Kumbotso federal constituency and four other state constituencies which include; Bunker, Madobi, Minjibir and Rogo.
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