- Arewa youth leader, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, has reacted to the creation of new emirates in Kano
- Ganduje recently approved the creation of four new emirates in Kano state
- Suleiman, however, said that Ganduje is on mission to destabilise the north
The spokesperson of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, has alleged that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje is being used by some people to destabilise the northern region.
In an exclusive interview with Legit.ng's regional reporter in Kaduna, Nasir Dambatta, at his residence in Zaria, Suleiman alleged that the ugly scenes from Kano are symptoms of the plots calculated to undermine the political and economic viability of the entire north, beginning with the northwest.
Suleiman, however, hinted at moves to form a bigger coalition of more civil society organisations in the region to confront the situation and halt the onslaught on its traditional and cultural heritage by Ganduje and other commissioned agents.
He said the coalition members would converge on Kano next week to meet with several other civil society groups to review what it called the unfolding dangerous scenario and come up with a definite action plan to check it.
Earlier during a press conference in Kaduna, Suleiman declared thus: "The typology of the events in Kano and the dimension that they have taken of recent, are a serious cause for concern to all northerners and friends alike. We are accordingly worried and profoundly agitated by the recent trend of escalation of a proxy war against the revered traditional institutions of the north beginning with Kano.
“We are deeply concerned particularly with the way the state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has turned it into a lawless society by resorting to unleashing bands of drugged thugs to humiliate and suppress lawful civil actions by citizens at the slightest of pretence."
He said the coalitions concern was because Kano is a strategic citadel of northern Nigerian cultural values, as well as its political hub and commercial nerve center. He said any form of destabilisation of Kano must therefore be seen as a direct attempt to diminish the political and economic viability of the north.
He declared: “We believe that the internal political forces that are driving this anti-north agenda are instigated by powerful underground interests across some states in order to achieve certain personal objectives against 2023 by decapitating the region's shared heritage and values.
“For too long, external enemies of the north, with active internal collaborators, have worked strenuously to ensure that the region remains backward, divided, weak, confused and bewildered by myriads of challenges and problems."
He argued that from the recent events in Kano, every one could see a clear pattern drawn from the strategies employed in the 60s to achieve the separation of the north and in particular, bringing its traditional symbol of unity down as a first major step towards its ultimate political and economic incapacitation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that an ongoing probe by the Kano state government’s anti-corruption agency could lead to charges being filed against Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II.
It was reported that Sanusi’s status as the only first class emir in the state was whittled when the state government broke the emirate, carving out four new emirates and appointing first class emirs to rule them.
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