Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje yesterday maintained that dialogue remained the best solution to the lingering protests and agitation for Biafra Republic by youths in the South East geo-political zone of the country.
The governor also allayed the fears of large population of Igbos in Kano over the possibility of spill-over of the South East protests in the state, following what he considered as untrue reports that a mosque was bombed in Anambra state.
“Virtually, no mosque was bombed. I had a meeting with non-indigenes. They said they were not party to Biafra because they are not even non-indigenes in Kano. They said they were indigenes of Kano state with primordial claim of locality where they were born”, Ganduje was quoted as saying when he visited the headquarters of Daily Trust newspapers in Abuja.
“I assure them that we are conscious of the situation. We have been talking to the Ulama and traditional system that Kano should be in peace. I believe this is working”, the governor added.
Speaking on the friction that plays out between governors and deputy governors in the country, Ganduje, who was deputy to former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and succeeded him, attributed the development to “political atmosphere and the Nigerian factor”.
He also dismissed the purported cracks in the Kwankwasiyya movement, stressing that the group is still intact.
Gov. Ganduje blamed the purported crisis on sycophants who created problems by comparing his administration with Kwankwaso’s because they could not get what they wanted from the present administration.
“I held meetings with media managers, especially radio stations. We all agreed that the system should not be overheated with the Kwankwasiyya movement. No two people will be the same. The objectives are the same but the implementation can’t be the same. The people who initiated the Kwankwansiyya movement are still there. You know the movement needs to be fine-tuned because of the economic situation and political atmosphere. But there is nothing like Gandusiyya”, he said.
Ganduje said the Kano State Government was reforming the micro-finance banking system in conjunction with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), following the discovery of fraudulent activities.
He said the restructuring would facilitate the efforts to get money through the CBN and encourage the entrepreneurs.
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