Kano and Gov. Yusuf’s missteps 

Again, Kano state is in the news for another bad and ugly reason. It is obvious that the state has been in the news for different reasons since the emergence of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s stooge, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf, as the governor of the state on the platform of the New Nigerian People’s Party, NNPP. This is a miniscule political party whose strength and popularity somehow surged in Kano where it swept a reasonable number of state house of assembly, House of Representatives and senatorial seats in the 2023 general elections.

Without a doubt, the party and its candidates got the overwhelming support of the people during the 2023 elections across partisan lines, and not merely from its members. This is underscored by the impressive results of the various elections. The NNPP also enjoyed massive sympathy during the legal battles to reclaim its governorship mandate at the Supreme Court following its annulment by the election petition tribunal and the Court of Appeal. 

Sadly, Governor Yusuf has not been able to reciprocate the gesture of the overwhelming support he got from the good people of Kano state and beyond. Instead, his approach, actions and inactions have been, to a great extent, problematic and the general public, members of his party inclusive, are worried, disillusioned and shocked that the honeymoon could be dead on arrival. 

It quickly became widely felt that Governor Yusuf, who was ostensibly elected to right the perceived wrongs of the previous administration of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who was accused, perhaps wrongly, of governing the state like an emperor for eight consecutive years, is himself an error. 

And in pointing out the many sins and fluffs of Governor Yusuf, citizens and residents were unanimous in reminding him that he was not voted into power by the Kwankwasiyya movement alone, as he may have erroneously thought, but by a collective yearning for a fresh breathe. 

In fact, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, lost the election not because he was not a better pick than Yusuf when assessed on their individual merits, but for the seeming unpardonable political extremes of the administration he served in.

Regrettably, instead of Governor Yusuf to humble himself, reset the state, especially, where the previous administration went wrong, he now appears to be far removed from the nuances of governance. In fact, many are of the view that he is being teleguided by strange machinery of power. 

Kano is at that juncture where it’s believed that the state’s chief executive does not care much about the reason the people voted him into power and gave him their moral support throughout his legal travails. I neither support the manner public properties were sold nor do I support the demolition galore of billions of naira properties by the NNPP government of Governor Yusuf. 

The government has legal options within the ambit of extant laws to recover the property allegedly sold by its predecessor, just as it revoked the sale of Hasiya Bayero Paediatric Hospital allegedly sold by the Ganduje administration. 

Though, a court of competent jurisdiction has found Governor Yusuf to have erred and the government ordered to compensate the innocent victims of the political retribution, the victims and their families will hardly forget their trauma, particularly those whose capital and homes have been destroyed.

The renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Aminu Daurawa, recently resigned his appointment as the commandant of the state-owned Islamic security outfit, Hisbah, due to the criticism of its modus operandi by Governor Yusuf. This development has not only diminished the governor’s political support base but has also further raised concerns as to what is actually happening to the people of Kano state. 

The following questions are pertinent: why should the government choose to retain a Tiktoker over Sheikh Daurawa? Why did the governor criticise Hisbah’s mode of operations in public despite being in control of the various channels of government communication? Why did the authority keep silent on how the TikToker was sneaked out of prison custody before her next court appearance? 

While this issue is still trending, Governor Yusuf should be aware that his actions have prompted the people to ask the above questions and are awaiting his response. He should either address the public on these nagging questions or risk losing popularity every minute till the day he would return to the trenches and face the music from the people of Kano state like they did to his predecessor and his candidate.

Daurawa’s resignation and Kano government’s acceptance of same give the impression that the governor’s action was merely to provoke the sheikh, knowing full well he would not accept that mugging on his personality and hard-earned reputation. By this action, therefore, the immorality vendors who have chosen Kano state as the dumping ground of all sorts of nudity and immorality have now received an administrative nod to double their efforts, especially those coming from the neighbouring Niger Republic and Cameroon. 

There is no doubt that making Kano to become a hotbed of kidnappings, phone snatching, drug peddling, and giving administrative leeway to Tiktokers will further aggravate the already bad situation in the state.

By resigning his appointment, Daurawa has saved his image, but same cannot be said of the Kano government, and whoever succeeds him, will find it difficult to operate. Meanwhile, and sadly so, the Hisbah has now been reduced to a toothless bulldog. We all supported Governor Yusuf but it’s expedient to tell him that his fluffs may consume him politically if he does not retrace his wrong steps.

Kera is the publisher of Daylight Reporters