BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Following the crisis brewing as a result of the creation of new emirates in Kano which is degenerating into serious tension within the State, with likely consequences on peace and security, a team of elders under the chairmanship of former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) has been constituted to intervene.
The brewing crisis between Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Emir Muhammadu Sanusi is being seen as one with the possibility of spilling into neighbouring states if not quickly managed and resolved.
Accordingly, the General Abubakar committee is expected to intervene in the crisis, with a view to bringing about, full reconciliation, and effective resolution of the matter.
The Committee which has two State Governors namely Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, who is also the Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State as members, also has former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Head of Service, Alhaji Adamu Fika, who would serve as Secretary.
Other members include General Muhammadu Inuwa Wushishi, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim SAN, Dr. Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, Dr. Umaru Mutallab, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and Sheikh Sharif Ibrahim Saleh.
A statement by Dr. Fika explained that the committee is working with the full understanding and cooperation of the Federal Government adding that the initial contact has been made with the Governor of Kano, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as well as with His Royal Highness, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Fike said that both Ganduje and Sanusi have each confirmed to hold back from taking any further actions until the committee has fully undertaken and finalise the exercise of reconciliation and resolution. He said the two principal actors in the crisis have undertaken to call on all their supporters and sympathisers including social media operators to refrain from making statements, declarations, songs, articles, blogs and all actions inimical to the spirit and process of good governance, order and reconciliation.
Fika further said; “We call on everyone to hearken to the call of their principals. May God Almighty continue to bless our country, grant us greater peace and prosperity, and may He bless, guide and protect our leaders. Amin.”