The libelous video clips circulating on social media, depicting an aged person presumed to be the serving Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, allegedly receiving bribe in foreign currencies, is nothing, but a handiwork of political opponents, who by all means want to destroy the good image of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and by extension that of Kano State. The defamatory act has the tendency to affect not only the personality of the Governor, but the co-faithful of His Excellency, who enjoy his ever ready supports to the cause of Islam, a feat that earned him the title Khadimul Islam (the one who hesitates not to render support to Islam).
One should wonder why a true son of Kano State embarks on this mischievous adventure that is aimed at bringing down our good-natured leader who is now seen as an epitome of good leadership and one who works assiduously to develop our dear state and give it a good reputation, through among others developing the state infrastructure, and fiercely combatting corrupt practices as exemplified by the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
It could be recalled that Kano State under Ganduje has established Anti-Corruption Units in all 44 Local Government Areas of the State, with a view to complementing the activities of the State Anti-Graft Agency led by Comrade Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado and by extension the Magu led Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Every right thinking person must doubt the authenticity of the vilifying clip, considering the Governor’s averse stance to what he is being associated with in the unsound clips. It can be asserted that no Governor or a chief executive throughout the country, apart from President Muhammadu Buhari that disgusts and fights corruption more than Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. A number of awards from both local and international anti-graft organizations were given to him on the basis of his unflinching stand against corruption and dishonest exploitation of power for personal gains.
One comforting thing is that, Kano’s Ganduje is not the only person who fell victim of this malice by this mischief-maker, other successful personalities like former Governor, Dr. Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, including the current Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, were all victims of this pseudo-journalist, whose prime mission is to broadcast malicious and abusive stories about prominent leaders of Kano origin, to ridicule them before their subjects and make them a laughingstock in the sight of their counterparts. However, in all his attempts, none was successful; likewise this. The media uproars generated arising from the fabricated publication and subsequent release of the false clips, will make no impact, and will inexplicably vanish in no distant future.
It is imperative to urge my fellow Kano people not to express their agreement to these clips, which we believe is an orchestrated move by those envying the progress of Kano under Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to distract the governor from doing the good work for his people. We, based outside Kano, we see how other Governors fares vis-à-vis fulfilling their mandates, Ganduje stands far ahead of them, he pays workers’ salaries promptly, executes developmental projects, which even the mischief-makers are in agreement, because they too claimed the kickbacks he allegedly received are percentages of the cost of numerous project contracts awarded by his administration.
Kanawan Dabo should rise up to rally around their Governor in this trying time, they should do everything possible to ensure his success, which I believe is theirs too. They shouldn’t accept to lose him at this moment when their counterparts in other states, are praying and working tirelessly to have a leader like him. I am quite optimistic that the people of Kano won’t allow mischief-makers to ruin the progress currently enjoyed by the state under Khadimul Islam.
Baba Ganduje, keep up the good work you are doing, more powers to your elbow. Insha Allah sai kayi takwas!
. Muhammad Aminu Kano writes from Lokoja, Kogi State.