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Imagine Sanusi’s fate if Ganduje controlled the police

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One of the resilient arguments against the establishment of state police is the retailing of the abusive power of the badge to governors. And really, this contention is germane if situated in the actualities of today. Why should “police power” be given to governors who see themselves as “constituted authority”? Who indiscriminately savage the treasury in the name of “security vote”, and who run local government authorities like fiefdoms?

I admit, state policing may enhance security in the country, but I think, it will create a much bigger problem with the sort of governors that emerge every election cycle. And that is, “provincial autocracy.” At present, in states is where the crudest form of tyranny thrives, but this is often ignored, while all preying eyes are cast on the federal government. In most states, the governors are the executive and the legislature; the state assemblies only exist as an extension of the office of these actors.

Although even now, sometimes, security forces are deployed in elections to compromise them, but there is a limit to this executive banditry.  For example, during the governorship election in Kano, the deputy governor of the state was detained for allegedly trying to influence the process. This was an utterance of integrity on the part of the Kano police leadership led by Mohammed Wakil. But with state police, and even if there are inhibiting laws against abuse of the force, there is no ceiling to what these emperors can do going by the realities of today.

The Gordian knot of governance in Nigeria has always been “lack of accountability” and “abuse of immunity”. How can money-grubbing governors, who enjoy immunity from prosecution, be checked while in office? How can Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano state governor, who was caught on video receiving bribes, be curbed? And who can rein him in now that he is on “Mission Vendetta” against Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Emir of Kano, and by dint of his political witchcraft weathering the traditional institution of the state?

I think I know Sanusi’s guilt in all of these.  He is guilty of being himself; of being the gadfly, the iconoclast and rebel. But when a king lives in the shackles of political expectations, in the fear of speaking out; of expressing independent opinion and of offending the corrupt political establishment, he is just a step below the station of a slave.

However, beyond Kano, this political devilment has made it obvious that the heads of our traditional institutions rest on the platter of politicians, and they could have them “guillotined” when they are out of favour.

But how can traditional institutions serve the people when their oxygen is regulated by politicians? And why do we have them if they cannot function independently?  If traditional institutions are custodians of our culture, why should they exist as the bureau of politicians? An Emir reporting to a local government chairman?

I believe the laws establishing traditional institutions need a review now!

Fredrick is a media personality.

Twitter@FredrickNwabufo

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We’ll Not Condone Roadside Trading, Illegal Motor Parks in Kano – New MD KAROTA.

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Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The newly appointed managing director of Kano Roads Traffic Agency, Bappa Babba Dan-Agundi has honourably called on the roadside traders and illegal motor parks in Kano to vacate their present illegal spots of running their businesses to avoid the embarrassment of the law.

Dan-Agundi made the call while briefing newsmen at his office, on Friday, the first day of his assumption of office to head the traffic control agency.

He said roadside trading has become rampant and an eyesore in Kano, which has been a nuisance to passersby using the roadside pavement and also causing traffic congestion to motorist and other users plying the metropolitan roads.

“This trend will no longer be accepted and we’ll do everything within the scope of our official capacity to stop the anomaly, he added,

Adding that his agency will not spare the indiscriminate establishment of motor parks within the metropolitan area.

” Such quacks motor-parks patronised by gullible travellers are a menace and posing threat to passengers and their luggage, we’ll descend upon them in a nearby future” he confirmed.

Bappa Dan-Agundi further warns motorists and other roads users in Kano to desist from any form of tampering with the law while driving to avert fine that will serve as a deterrent to potentials defaulters.

He also enjoins the general public and all stakeholders to abide by the tenets of law to re-brand Kano city roads as rough-free driving and full of law-abiding roads users to the betterment of all and sundry.

Dan-Agundi was an Immediate Ex-majority leader of Kano State House of Assembly represented Kano Municipal constituency for a single four-year tenure.

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Kwankwaso’s Comic Utterances, Unwarranted. – Ex-Lawmaker.

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Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The Hon. Abubakar Zakari Muhammad, immediate erstwhile member of Tarauni constituency in Kano Assembly has urged the Senator, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to look upon his fatherly status in the state and national political domain to desist from devaluing his personality, through making utterances capable of tarnishing his hard-earned calibre.

Hon. Zakari made the assertion while speaking exclusively to newsmen over the weekend in Kano.

He said, the erstwhile Senator seems to be taking pleasure out of sponsoring hour-long, simulcast live, program with various radio stations in Kano, backstabbing Ganduje’s and his laudable projects in the state.

” In view of the utterances been made by the Senator Kwankwaso in those radio programs, one would easily and clearly understand that the former governor is gripped with obscurity syndrome,” He said.

Hon. Zakari added that, it is unarguably known that Senator Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is a hard-baked and consummate politician of national repute,
but he said “the way and manner he is comically responding to questions put to him is utterly disappointing and not in conformity with the status of the man of his calibre, close to thirty years of having political experiences.

He assert that, the former governor who is formerly known for sternly and irascible disposition, feared by his subordinates, but it has become trending and subjected to stylishly ridicule by the teeming press men interviewing him, whereby he comically responds randomly to the lowest ebb of his personality.

Adding that, Senator, Kwankwaso was a successful politician in almost all ramifications, but his misguided utterances has surely shown that he’s discontented and fell-short of realizing that God made him what he used to be, and he should let his successor on the corridor of power to heaved a sigh of relief.

“But still yet, he fails to comprehend that anything comes with time, and elapsed when everything reach its peak period” He added.

Hon. Abubakar, the flamboyant politician, who was part of the defunct Kano eighth Assembly urged the former Darfur envoy, to take solace, been a sure-footed politician who knows the sweety taste of election victory and swallows the bitter pills of defeat, and urged his die-hard loyalist to follow suite.

Adding that losing grip on power at the state and national levels, should not be a matter of disorientation to the extent of losing hard-earned credibility through unwarranted statements.

At last, Hon. Abubakar Zakari Muhammad fondly called ‘Habu P.A.’ urged urged fellow politicians to recall that God gives power and takes it to whom he wishes at any appointed time.

Emphasizing that hard times are not forever, and life is always not a bed of roses.

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Emir Sanusi Sacks Jumat Mosque Imam

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Malam Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, has ordered the removal of Malam Salihu Muhammed, the Chief Imam of Limawa Jumat mosque in Kumbotso Local government Area of the state.
Muhammed’s sack is with immediate effect.

Muhammed was accused of flouting the monarch’s instructions on moon sighting and the eventual Eid prayer at the end of Ramadan fasting. The Chief Imam was said to have sighted the moon by himself and conducted his own prayer a day after that of the Emir who doubles as both traditional and spiritual head of the Emirates.

The Emir lamented that the Imam did the same thing last year and was warned against it.

Sanusi, however, said that the Chief Imam was sacked for being adamant. He added that Muhammed repeated the same action this year despite being warned against it last year.

Sanusi said he had no option but to replace him.

The sacked Imam has kept mum, refusing to comment on the matter.

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