President Muhammadu Buhari said that he has no constitutional right to interfere the issue concerning the creation of four new Emirates in Kano State.
Kano Emirates: I’ve no constitutional right to interfere -Buhari
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
The president made the remark on Friday when Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje took the newly elected state and federal lawmakers of the state to the Presidential Villa to introduce them to the president.
Among the legislators were the 3 members of the House of Representatives and 4 members of the State Assembly elected under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Malam Abba Anwar, said.
Buhari said: “I know my role as the President of Nigeria. By the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Governor of Kano State has his own roles, once a matter is before the state House of Assembly (like in Kano), the President has no constitutional right to interfere. I am here by the constitution; I swore by it and I am going to stand by it.”
He, however, advised the newly elected legislators to keep to their words.
He added: “I hope you are mindful of your promises to your constituencies. You went round and you promised your constituencies. I hope the promises you made are within the resources of your State. If you made promises outside your resources, it will be your problem because you are going to stand again in four years time. This is very important and it is important for our party.”
In his remarks Governor Ganduje thanked the president for the visible presence of the federal government in his state, as manifested in some projects, listing the Kano – Abuja road reconstruction, construction of modern railway from Kaduna to Kano, and from Kano to Niger Republic, among others.
Others are the Gas pipeline from Ajaokuta to Kaduna and from Kaduna to Kano (AKKK), continuation of the abandoned dualisation of Kano – Katsina highway and the construction and equipping of the New Terminal Wing of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.
Ganduje said: “We are also appreciative of the efforts being put by the federal government in the areas of security and education in the state. This is highly commendable,” he acknowledged.
The governor further briefed the president on the efforts the Kano State government is making especially in the area of security and education, as well as the integration of almajiri system of education.
He stated: “We have done a lot in the area of security, even installing CCTV cameras in black spots and all major routes into Kano state. We also have a multi-purpose vehicle for monitoring, which has helped in arresting kidnappers and Boko Haram terrorists. We have also established an Army Training Area.
“We used to have One Million out-of-school children but now we are down to about 400,000 on account of the new education policy which now makes schooling free and compulsory from basic to secondary school, complemented with free feeding, free uniforms and free instructional materials.”
However, the governor requested for the Federal government’s intervention in the Kano River Irrigation Scheme.
He said: “Your Excellency our President, we are kindly requesting Federal Government intervention for the completion of the Kano River Irrigation scheme, establishment of a Federal Medical Centre and Desilting of the 24 Dams in the our state.”
Among the governor’s entourage were all members of the National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) from Kano state, Speaker of the House of Assembly and other principal officers, Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado Bayero who represented other Emirs, members of the business community like Alhaji AbdulManafi Yunusa Sarina, the owner of Azman Air, members of the Academia, like Prof. Ibrahim Umar, former Vice Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano, Ulama, among others.