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Kano Crisis: Governor Abba Yusuf Meets with NSA Nuhu Ribadu in Abuja




By Stephen Asaba-ase

In a significant development, Kano State Governor Abba Yusuf met with National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu in Abuja on Thursday to discuss state and national issues. The meeting, which lasted over an hour, came amid the ongoing emirate succession crisis in Kano.

According to a statement by the Governor’s spokesman, Dawakin Tofa, the meeting focused on various issues related to state and national development, with an emphasis on peaceful coexistence. The statement noted that the NSA had been accused of involvement in the emirate crisis, but the Deputy Governor, Aminu Gwarzo, had apologised for the accusation, citing flawed intelligence.

The meeting coincided with Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II’s sixth day at the palace in Kano, where he had received pledges of allegiance and loyalty from a majority of district heads and kingmakers. The state government has assured residents that Kano is now characterized by peace and tranquility, and urged everyone to continue their regular activities in compliance with the rule of law.

Governor Yusuf described the meeting with the NSA as “fruitful” and emphasized the importance of the NSA’s role in maintaining harmonious existence in the nation. The meeting has been seen as a significant step towards resolving the emirate crisis, which has been a source of tension in the state.

Meanwhile, more district heads and members of the Tijjaniyya Shura Council have affirmed their loyalty to Emir Sanusi, who has been receiving praise singers and drummers at the palace daily. The emir’s palace has been bustling with activities, including traditional gun salutes and horse riding by palace assistants.

Residents of Kano had expressed confidence in the political and religious leaders to resolve the matter soon, and many are going about their normal activities. The state government’s ban on protests has also been commended for preventing miscreants from causing mayhem.