Columns

COVID-19: The Wicked State, Kano and the Age of Citizen Action, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...the lesson is that governments around the world are not really interested in saving the people from the pandemic, the core objective they have is to pretend that they are. The salvation for the people lies in engaging in citizen action to cajole, fight, expose and shame them into action…
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Opinion

Northern Nigeria: Of Egotistic Leaders and Resentful Followers, By Umar Yakubu

...we should not delude ourselves that much can be achieved with ego-driven leaders and the utterly cancerous followership in the North. We can do better, much better, by utilising brilliant and radical minds like Muhammadu Sanusi II to shape a genuine, people-focused reform process based on promoting the traditional, religious,…
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Opinion

Sanusi: Buhari Is Aiding And Abetting Corruption, By SKC Ogbonnia

The dethronement of Emir Sanusi portends a troubling future. The shameful incident hinges on the growing duplicity in Buhari’s war against corruption. It is a growing pattern of war against anti-corruption advocates in the country. It is a war against the common good. The dramatic dethronement of emir of Kano,…
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Columns

Thirty-nine Years After, Awujale Moment For Sanusi, By Azu Ishiekwene

Although the Awujale’s account was from events that occurred nearly four decades ago, the story of this independent-minded and forthright traditional ruler could well have been speaking of the current predicament of Sanusi. Change a few names, dates and places and the substance would be almost exactly as it has…
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Columns

Ganduje and the Ban On Street Begging In Kano, By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

It is good that Ganduje has read the Riot Act to the people of his State. However, getting the desired result in this kind of situation goes beyond mere pronouncement. He needs to back his statement with the required political will. Many of us are eager to see Kano streets…
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Columns

Kano Emirate: the Dangers of Playing Politics with Institutions, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...the governor’s defiance of court orders in proceeding to implement and appoint new emirs despite the knowledge of the proceedings before the court and the service of the court orders, is simply wrong and unbecoming of a governor. Persisting in error after a clear court judgement just over a week…
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Opinion

Ganduje: Fiddling With An Heritage, While Kano Is Destroyed By Drugs, By Concerned Citizens

...it is tragic that Governor Ganduje has refused to focus on the social needs of the people of Kano and is instead expending vast amounts of money and energy in shutting out Emir Sanusi from leadership. Clearly, the tragedy of Kano today is that the dark powers of patriarchy, illiteracy…
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Columns

Dear Governor Ganduje: Kindly Desist From Dismantling the Kano Emirate, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Your Excellency My attention has been drawn to the query you sent to the emir of Kano yesterday giving him 48 hours to respond to the interim report of the Kano State Anti-Corruption Commission. The language and content of the query indicates clearly an intention to act quickly on the…
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Opinion

No To Dismantling Kano’s Political Heritage: The Dangers of Politicisation, By Concerned Citizens

The Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Amendment Law, 2019 will have many repercussions as an undeniable attempt to delegitimise the very institution that provides a harmonious balance to power and authority, as well a system of checks and balances in Kano. Synopsis About three weeks ago on May 8,…
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