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Kano lawmaker, Kwankwaso’s loyalists trade words over ‘ looming violence’

A member of the Kano State House of Assembly representing Kano Municipal local government area, Alhaji Baffa Babba Dan Agundi, on Thursday alleged that loyalists of former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso were planning to cause public disturbance during Sallah.

Dan Agundi alleged that former Secretary to Kano Government, Dr Rabi’u Suleiman Bichi, former Private Principal Secretary to Senator Kwankwaso, Dr Yunusa Adamu Dangwani and former Commissioner of state Affairs, Aminu Abdulsalam were hatching new plans to organise an “illegal gathering”.

The lawmaker said that during the last year’s Sallah Hawan Daushe Durbar, Kwankwaso’s supporters from Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi and Katsina state converged at Emir’s palace and disrupted public peace.

“In view of the information available to me and as a member representing Kano municipal, where the Sallah festivity is taking place annually, I find it appropriate to draw your attention.

“That if anything that might disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in my local government and the state at large as a result of the activities of Kwankwasiyya people occur, the above identified persons should be held responsible”, Daily Trust quoted him as saying.

Reacting, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam, a former commissioner under Kwankwaso administration, insisted that members of Kwankwasiyya were peaceful.

He said: “In the history of Kwankwasiyya, we have never been involved in any violence. Despite the provocation of last year’s incidence, we were able to calm our people.

“We rather resorted to follow the legal ways to seek readdress. We wrote to the Inspector General of Police and Police Service Commission but to our dismay up till this moment we have not heard from the two offices.

“To put the record straight, Kwankwasiyya has been a peaceful movement in Kano and beyond. We have never participated in any form of violence.

“We have served as members of Kano state executive council for several years, therefore, we are responsible enough to know the importance of peace. We are in politics to promote peace.”

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