Aminu Ado Bayero, Emir of Kano, has asked Oluremi Tinubu,
the first lady, to tell President Bola Tinubu that the hardship in the country
has reached alarming proportions.
Bayero spoke on Monday when he received the first lady at
his palace in Kano.
He said the first lady is best placed to relate her findings
about the hunger, insecurity and concerns of the people to the president.
“Although we have several means of communicating to the
government on our needs and requests, your way and means are the surest way to
tell the president the actual happenings in the country,” he said.
“The hunger and
starvation, though didn’t start with this government, but the situation has
become more alarming and needs urgent attention.
“The issue of insecurity is another serious problem we are
facing, I know your government inherited it, but something more seriously
should be done to address the situation.”
He also raised concerns over the relocation of the Central
Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) offices
to Lagos, adding that Nigerians need to know the reason behind the decision.
“We are receiving
series of messages from our people, one of such message is the much-talked
about relocation of CBN and FAAN to Lagos,” he said.
“I think the government should come out clean on this matter
and talk to Nigerians in the language they would understand.
“Do more enlightenment on this matter. I for one cannot tell
the actual intentions of the government. We should be made to actually
understand why the relocation of the CBN and FAAN offices to Lagos.”
The emir praised the first lady for her efforts in ensuring
better welfare for children in the country.
He urged her to ensure the Renewed Hope Initiative pet
programme is realised, adding that it would help tackle problems faced by the
On February 5 and 6, protesters took to the streets in Kano
and Niger states, to protest the rising cost of living and food inflation.