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KANO POLITICS: Pervasive Thuggery and Backing of Political Elites.

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The general election is few days from now and the excitement is continuously building up, while the electioneering campaign would be officially stopped within days or hours from now.

Kano, in particular, been regarded as beehive and hotbed of northern politics, which is witnessing unfortunate milestone of retrogressive development.

Apart from incitements and negative rhetoric which is currently renting the air, blaring by the acclaimed political untouchables in Kano, there is resurgence of thugs, teeming youth whose mindset was fractured by political insensitivity, serving as safety escorts to political godfathers during rallies.

The two competing political gladiators, the ruling and the opposition parties are allegedly pinpoint for backing and facilitating the unbecoming trend of employing restive youth causing mayhem during rallies in the name of an electioneering campaign.

It is glaringly clear, during rallies, brandishing of party physical party logos, umbrella and twigs brooms are replaced by wielding dangerous weapons freely up in the air.

While snatching phones by the thugs, at a knife-point, whisking away belongings of commuters and innocents passerby, trapped amidst the procession are becoming worrying and extremely disturbing.

While the act of defacing opposition’s glossy billboards and posters by thugs on their way or back from rallies is nothing in comparison to senseless zeal to satisfy their masters.

Unarguably, these atrocities are reportedly happening in the presence of security operatives, reluctantly standing and timid to intervene in fear of adverse effect from the above.

Since from the commencement of political rallies to date, particularly in Kano, unreported thugs clashes were recorded, in which lives were lost, scores were injured, while some residences of political figures in Kano were recently torched and properties vandalised.

This was stem from the hate speeches and incitement from both parties untouchables, allegedly backing the banditry acts, who goes on air spelling the doom and ordering attacks on the opposition if the need arises, and allowed to go scot-free.

Even though, in every generality, there must an except, but it is hard to get a celebrated politician in the state who doesn’t have sternly-looking bandits, equipped with weapons that served as escorts in case of giving protection or attacking the opposition thugs, depending on the warranted situation.

The unfolding phenomenon in Kano has gone to the extent of craving the indulgence of Kano’s outspoken Emir Muhammad Sunusi II, calling on Kano politicians to reverse the ugly trend of banditry, while the newly- assumed State Commissioner of Police Muhammad Wakili observed with dismay and pronounced that political thuggery is a serious issue which should not be handled with kids glove in the state.

What holds for the future of teeming youth who deserved to be led through forthrightness instead, but dragging them astray to the life of illusion with no hope in sight?

A Stitch in time save nine

Written by Adamu Aminu, Kano.

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Philanthropist and Corporate Bodies Deserved to Compliments State Government Efforts On Education – Alh. Abubakar Z. Muhd

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Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The Executive Secretary, Kano state Scholarships Board, Alh. Abubakar Zakari Muhammad has urged wealthy individuals and Corporate bodies to compliments state government’s efforts towards the are the development of education through sponsoring students to continue pursuing knowledge in a various institution within and outside Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in his office on Tuesday, shortly after screening exercise of best-qualified 10 Kano students conducted by ” Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation at the Kano State Scholarship Board in Kano.

While expressing his delight over the gesture made by the foundation for awarding the scholarship to the students.

Saying that this is a very welcoming idea with profound pleasing impression for both the beneficiaries as well as Kano State government.

The Executive Secretary stressed that the strides made by the is undoubtedly deserved pat-in- the back for collaborating with Kano State Scholarship Board as a venue for conducting the screening exercise.

He said the commitment made by the foundation is a quite encouraging and favourable gesture in giving their quota for creating an avenue of building our youth future through acquiring qualitative education.

“Kano State government under the able leadership of Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje have already gone far in sponsoring Kano Students to further their education in various institutions, which more than 8-billion Naira was judiciously expended to cover their tuition, accommodation and other sundry expenses” he praised.

Abubakar Zakari Muhammad, who was an erstwhile one-term member represented Tarauni local government in Kano State house of assembly, enjoined corporate bodies as well as philanthropists to emulates the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation in sponsoring students to further their education, he said would undoubtedly compliments government efforts towards achieving its goals of providing qualitative education even for the less privileged in the society.

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Customs Officers Manhandled Express FM Reporter in Kano.

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Adamu Aminu, Kano

The operatives of Nigerian Customs Service assaulted Express Radio Reporter Lamin Hassan today in Kano.

The unfortunate incidence took place earlier today at Gwammaja quarters in Kano metropolitan.

Lamin Hassan is officially assigned to investigate and report comprehensively on the incessant complains by the public concerning the alleged harassment by customs officers recently.

“On my arrival at the scene clamping down on a Shopping mall selling Palm-date and Zam-Zam Water which they allegedly branded as contraband, while interviewing some people with regards to the incessant harassment, they came started assaulting me” Hassan said.

Reports reliably indicates that the customs officers snatched the Express Radio’s reporter recording, mutilated his clothes and manhandled him mercilessly.

” I was beaten with a gun on my chest by one custom operative just because I’m discharging my lawful duty” Hassan.

Recently, Customs operatives have intensifies their operations indiscriminately within nooks and crannies of Kano metropolis.

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El Zakzaky’s Persecutions, Wickedness Of The Highest Order – University Professor.

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Adamu Aminu, Kano.

Professor Dahiru Yahaya of the history department, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has attributed the longstanding detention of the Shiite leader in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is a federal government wickedness of the highest order.

Professor Yahaya said this while briefing newsmen on Saturday in Kano.

Adding that “Shiites members are peace-loving and law-abiding citizens, but the ongoing persecutions of El-Zakzaky and his teeming followers by the federal government is a deliberate step of subduing the movement by any means necessary, which their ill-motive would not prosper”

The University Don stressed that, in view of the ailments threatening the well-being and life of Sheikh El-Zakzaky while currently in detention, it is highly imperative for the federal government to consider the request of taking him abroad to seek for urgent medical attention.

“Shiite members in Nigeria were glaringly denied their right to worship, to move freely and also prevented from voicing-out their grievances through peaceful demonstration calling for the unconditional release of leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky but instead, they were killed and maimed in broad daylight by the security operatives” he emphasised.

Professor Yahaya goes on to say that even the Idol worshippers and other various faith in Nigeria are enjoying right of worshipping and practising their beliefs without prejudice, while Shiite members are been treated as impostors in their fatherland.

The renowned historian added that it is advisable for the sake of peace and harmony to reign, the federal government must respect the previous court orders which uphold the release of the Shiekh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky unconditionally.

“Saudi Arabia was the brain behind given out these contract to destabilise Shiite movement due to its loggerhead with Iran, and Nigeria is not an exception among the countries who gave patronage to such juicy contracts of putting our movement in disarray” he assured.

Professor Dahiru Yahaya added that living in peace and harmony is what Nigerians are presently craving for, to prosper in their various endeavours and going about practising their beliefs without intimidation and stigmatisation for no obvious reason.

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