By Usman Usman Garba
Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has exonerated Kano Emirate Council from alleged land racketeering.
The governor insisted that the Emirate followed due process before construction of shops near the Kofarmata Eid Ground.
It could be recalled that the Emirate Council recently came under attack by aggrieved individuals who accused it of allegedly selling off part of the Eid ground for commercial purposes.
Ganduje has condemned such insinuations, pointing out that those spreading the news, “are saying it out of ignorance.”
The governor spoke at Africa House, Government House, Kano on Saturday, while receiving the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and his entourage, who paid homage to the governor during the traditional Hawan Nassarawa, as part of activities to mark the Eid-el-Fitr.
Ganduje insisted that the Emirate followed due process before the construction of shops near the Eid ground.
He asked: “Where are those who are saying that the Emirate Council was wrong, when decision to construct shops around Eid-Prayer ground was taken and implemented?” He continued: “They should go to Haram Mosque in Meccah and see how the Mosque is surrounded with shops of all types.
“The Emirate followed all the due process before giving out areas where these shops are constructed. “Whoever is saying the Emirate did not follow due process, is saying that just out of frustration and ignorance of the process, when due process was perfectly followed.”
The governor also hinted that President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed Emir Aminu Ado Bayero for his desire in building bond with other traditional rulers across the country.
According to him, President Buhari is glad for the efforts the Emir of Kano is making in building stronger ties with other traditional institutions in the nation.
He further told the Emir that: “I am glad to inform you that when you were paying visits to other traditional leaders in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari was happy about it.”
He added: “Even the Federal Government enjoys your good relationship with other traditional institutions across the country. “Therefore, it is not only Kano that is happy with such attitudes towards them and other Nigerians.
“President phoned me and expressed his satisfaction over your effort in building such bonds across.
“I mean your visits to Emirs and other traditional leaders in the country.
“So also many Emirs called and expressed their happiness over it.”
Ganduje further assured that the mutual respect between the Emir and the state government, paves way for stronger ties between the state and the Emirate.
He also recalled that, the late Emir of the state, Alhaji Ado Bayero lived peacefully with the state government, adding: “Your presence here reminds me of your father, the late Emir Ado Bayero, whom we sat together and worked together peacefully.”
The governor also seized the opportunity to brief the Emir on some of the feats so far achieved by his administration.
He hinted, among other things, that the Kano Dry Port project would be completed by the end of this year.
“Our business people will find it very easy to get their goods from abroad without necessarily going to Lagos or any other port point. This will definitely boost our economy,” said the governor.
In his remarks, Emir Bayero assured that his Emirate and all other four Emirates in the state would continue to support the state government policies, aimed at developing the state.
The Emir remarked: “We are very grateful Your Excellency over your effort in bringing back our heritage to us. This is indeed commendable. It is therefore at this juncture, that I am saying, on behalf of other Emirs in the state, we promise to support government policies and programmes.”
The Emir, who is the chairman of the state Council of Emirs, urged people to always seek Allah’s forgiveness, so that the state would continue to enjoy peace, stability, tranquility and sustainable development.
“We are all commending the effort of the state government for the security in the state.
“Measures taken by the state government to improve the security of the state are commendable,” the Emir noted.