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Insecurity, Protests, Force Ganduje to Postpone Buhari’s Inauguration of Projects

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Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano

Kano State Governor, Dr.  Abdullahi Ganduje, yesterday confirmed that he wrote the Presidency to postpone the inauguration of initiatives by President Muhammadu Buhari earlier scheduled to carry in the state, saying the postponement was on account of safety considerations.
Buhari was scheduled to inaugurate the Dala International Inland Dry Port, situated at Zawachiki in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state and different initiatives on Monday, January 30, 2023.

The choice, it was gathered, was taken on the governor’s interactive session with legislators, students, political leaders, and the enterprise community on the weekend “to avoid any unforeseen circumstance.”

Ganduje, in a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar yesterday, said the postponement was due to “the hardship caused by the limited time given for halting the use of old Naira notes by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and for security reasons.”

According to the governor, the state government wrote to the Presidency that the go to of the President to inaugurate some initiatives be postponed.
“As we’re ready for this important go to, we discovered ourselves in this situation, which places residents into untold hardship. For safety functions, we wrote to the Presidency that President Muhammadu Buhari’s go to to Kano be postponed.

“We got an acknowledgement copy of the letter. People are really suffering because of this policy,” the governor said.
Two serving senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya and Barau Jibrin, 20 members of the House of Representatives and 30 legislators from the state House of Assembly have been among the many teams that supported the governor.

“There are no banks in most of our rural communities. How these people get new Naira notes is of great concern. Just look at what is happening in our urban areas, people go and spend hours upon hours in banks. And without any assurances of getting the new notes,” Ganduje explained.

“Even at Point of Sales (PoS),” the governor said, “one cannot transact with ease. Many of them have closed shops due to uncertainty.”
He emphasised that Kano being a industrial hub have to be heard loudly, insisting that, “This problem affects all of us. Therefore, our voice must be heard in all nooks and crannies. We are a commercial hub. As such our position must be loud and clear.”

Governor Ganduje further revealed that under one platform, Nigerian governors with out consideration of party affiliation, despatched delegates to President Buhari to complain to him concerning the hardship attributable to the brand new growth.

“Governors from all the political parties put heads together and sent delegates, but to no avail. So, also traditional rulers followed the same path, but individually but up to now there is nothing in that respect,” Ganduje disclosed.

“We invited scholars who were here yesterday and today we are having these interactive sessions with the business community and our legislators.”
The Presidential Campaign Council of the APC had requested INEC to temporary Nigerians every day on its degree of preparedness.

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