From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Progressive Movement for Peace and Democracy, a Civil Society Organisation, has expressed concern over plots by Alhaji Bashir Tofa to destabilize peace in Kano, using a group known as Kano Concerned Citizen Initiative.
The CSO accused Bashir Tofa of instigating unnecessary tension in Kano with a view to achieving his selfish interest.
According to a statement signed by the coordinator of the CSO, Malam Badamasi Abubakar, Kano Concerned Citizens Initiative (KCCI), has through embarked on ill-conceived campaign of discrediting the Government of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
The statement noted that since the declaration of the governorship election in Kano as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), KCCI has continued to embark on activities capable of creating tension in Kano state.
The statement noted that, ‘’some members of the group are at one time card carrying members of political parties in the state, some of them have been given responsibilities by the governments in the past and have woefully failed. In all that they do, they tilt to one side.
“By their action, we can understand that they are playing politics for a reason, and that is to discredit the present administration in the state. The group, which was created last year, does not represent any interest in the society but the whims and caprices of it proprietors,’’ the statement added.
“By mere looking at the composition of the group, one can adduce to the fact that they are a sullen group with various grudges against the government of Kano state.”
Malam Abubakar, while referring to the group’s latest press statement titled: ’’On the current situation in Kano’’ and signed by its chairman, Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa, in which it categorically condemned the decision of the state government to create new Emirate, said the action could not in any way cause disunity among the Muslim Hausa speaking people of Kano.
‘’Where were these people as individuals or group when the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II was imposed on the people of Kano and the violence that ensued thereafter. Are they not aware of the Emir’s participation in politics to which himself has almost comfess and seek Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduj’e forgiveness?’’’ the statement queried.
The coordinator said such statements by the Tofa group are capable of inciting trouble in Kano which has remain largely peaceful.
While supporting the government decision to create the new Emirates, the CSO said the action will bring about more development, further accusing the group of turning a blind eye to the various achievements of the present administration in Kano state.
The statement allayed any fears people outside Kano might entertain that there is tension in the state, and urged the government not to fold its arms and watch any break down of law and order.