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Kano Emirates: I’m more Fulani than noisemakers, says Ganduje

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has described those criticising the four emirates he created as noisemakers.

He said the critcs have no link to Fulani clan.

He said: “I am more Fulani than many of them. Some do not even have any trace to Fulani clan.”

During the creation of Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya Emirates from the then Kano Emirate, there were criticisms from some quarters.

Some critics suggested that Ganduje did that to erode traditional Fulani historical dynasty.

Ganduje, however, maintained that “such individuals, who do not see good in what we did by the creation of more emirates, are mere noisemakers”.

He spoke when the Emir of Rano, Alhaji Tafida Abubakar (Autan Bawo), alongside elders and leaders from the emirate visited him for the role he played before the emergence of Alasan Ado Doguwa as the House of Representatives’ Majority Leader.

Doguwa represents Tudunwada/Doguwa Federal Constituency Kano State. District Head of Sumaila Alhaji Ibrahin Ado Bayero represented the emir.

“None of them can tell me he is more Fulani than I am. My grand grandfathers from both paternal and maternal side were all Fulani. So, also my grand grandmothers from both sides are all Fulani. Who among such people is more Fulani than me?” the governor queried.

According to Ganduje, it was still incomprehensible for him when such people he was referring to blamed him of crushing to nothing the traditional institution.

He said: “I am a son of a village head (Dagaci). How then can I, just for whatever reason, be a party to render this all-important institution down?

“I challenge such individuals to tell us of what benefit are they to Kano and citizens of Kano?”

The governor urged the individuals to come out in public and identify few things they brought to the state, as part of their contributions for the overall development of the state.

“Whether they like it or not, these new emirates have come to stay,” he added.

He boasted that he completed many projects Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso left uncompleted and that of Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau’s projects like Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu and Shaykh Isyaka Rabi’u Paediatric Hospital, Zoo Road.

“I am challenging him (Kwankwaso) to show us a single project he completed that he inherited from Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau administration.

“Ours is not like theirs at all. We believe in moving the state forward. That is why sometimes we don’t even look at the ill-intention of starting a project that, ab initio, was not meant to be completed. Our focus is our people,” he said.

The visitors hailed Ganduje for what they described as “the highest show of quality leadership and mentorship”.

Former Speaker of the state House of Assembly Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, who is a member of the House of Representatives representing Rano/Kibiya/Bunkure federal constituency, spoke at length, narrating how supportive the governor was to the cause when Doguwa was vying for the position.

Doguwa himself explained how the governor introduced him to those who mattered most during the campaign for the position.

“I saw what leadership means. My governor, our governor always wants to see growth and development. In us, in the state and the country in general,” he said.

An elder brother to the House Leader,  Alhaji Ali Ado Doguwa, thanked the governor on behalf of the family, explaining that they were in Kano to thank the governor for what he did to their own.

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