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The Triumph of Loyalty: A Tribute to Former Falakin Kano, Alhaji Mujitaba Abba.



Sarki Kisoke (1509-1565) was the 22nd King of Kano. He loved his mother, Lamisu, so much. However, the mother’s favourite son was Dabkare, Kisoke’s half-brother. Sarki Kisoke knew the way to his mother’s heart was through his brother.

He decided to draw Dabkare closer and exalt his commoner status. His choice was to bestow him with a title that would forever be linked to their mother’s name, whom they referred to as Iya, the Hausa traditional name for mother. The new title he invented and bestowed on Dabkare was Dan Iyan Kano.

Dabkare would later become one of the most influential title holders of his time. Palace praise singers, today, in his memory, praise holders of the Dan Iya title as “ dubkarare tufkar yaƙi, babban ƙani mahuta haushi and mararrafa, madurƙusa, makarɓar maganar kowa” .

Kisoke’s gesture was a reflection of the Hausa social philosophy of zumunci, kara, yakana and biyayya .

The appointment of Dabkare as Dan Iya established the foundational Hausa principle that titles are the king’s/Emir’s, and he had the discretion to bestow them upon whomsoever he wishes, whether out of familial, strategic, political or diplomatic considerations.

It was in a similar spirit that Emir Muhammad Inuwa appointed his half-brother, Sule, as Dokajin Kano in 1963. The writer of Kano ta Dabo Cigari , the official written history of Kano, in a poem, described Emir Muhammad Inuwa as “giyen Sule”, to showcase the amiable relationship between the Emir and his brother.

Fast forward to 2014, when former CBN Governor and Dan Majen Kano, MS II, was appointed as Emir of Kano. In a bid to realign administrative structures and chip in reliable support, the Emir made some strategic adjustments and appointments.

To his relinquished title of Dan Maje, he appointed a loyal uncle, Mannir Sanusi. To the vacant position of Dokajin Kano, he appointed Alhaji Yahya, son of the pious Emir Muhammad Inuwa and Special Adviser on Chieftaincy Affairs to the then Kano State Governor.

On 12th May, 2017, he appointed his half-brother, Malam Mujitaba Abba, a former classroom teacher and CBN official, as Falakin Kano.

Like the Emir, MS II, Malam Mujtaba has an unusual attraction to learning and hold its bearers in high esteem. He treats them with reverence and awe. When we first met, his admiration was out of respect for the fact that my hobbies are reading and writing.

My predilection to be a man of letters impressed him. He admired the fact that, unlike my contemporaries who came to him with dreams of job at juicy parastatals NGOs and International organisations, I was committed to a dream that wasn’t financially assuring and determined to live up to it and ready to pay the price.

At moments of distress, he admonished me to trust my path and hold firm unto my motive. He related how he wished he was free to embark walk with me to that destination we so much yearn for.

He often bewailed how his present status, though an unprecedented blessing, often made him feel confined. He was a prisoner of history, destiny and circumstance.
Though evidently proud to hold a title in Kano Emirate, under one of the most eminent traditional rulers in Western Africa, deep down he wanted to teach, guide, mentor and inspire.

He felt his calling was in the academia, rather than the palace, where one is buried in bureaucracy and strict cultural etiquettes. MS II was his role model. Like the philosopher king, he wanted a life in the midst of books, learned men and students. His ultimate dream was to become a man of letters, like his guardian, brother and Emir.

He abhorred corruption and mismanagement, something that put him in the bad books of greedy friends and associates.

As a postgraduate student in History, he encouraged me to visit his office for intellectual discourses. He will offer coffee or tea, while we take some walk down historical, social, theological and political lanes.

He wanted to discuss the ideas and arguments of local religious scholar, regional literati and even global cognoscenti. We pondered over social problems, especially family life and the deteriorating political condition of the country.

He always want to know more about trending issues. Like his brother, the Philosopher King, he was deeply worried about the social and political decay apparent in Kano and Nigeria in general. He handled such topics with ease, confidence and composure.

He was a good listener that re-joined with facts. The influence of the Emir is visible in his arguments and conclusions. Yet, he was innovative and honest. He was always full of hope, even at the face of a precarious situation.

When the Kano state Government declared war on the Emir, he stood by him through thick or thin. Though worried, sad and angry, he was ever conscious that everything should and must be done within the ambits of law and morality, a point he was always eager to lay bare before allies and well-wishers.

He wanted his brother to retain throne, but not at the expense of his conscience. He was proud of his brother. When the time to take the fall came, he stood by his brother with honour, grace, courage and pride.

Alhaji Mujitaba Abba resigned his title and function as Falakin Kano and Principal Private Secretary of the Emir, in solidarity with his brother, who was unjustly removed from Gidan Rumfa.

History will certainly be kind to this loyal brother, for he played his role well. He was a replica of Dabkare Dan Iya in his sagacity and that of Dokaji Sule in his loyalty & presence.

Adieu Mai Kada dan Mai Babban Daki.
Mai kada kanin Sarki mahuta wahala

Huzaifa Dokaji writes from Kano.



Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

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5 Nigerian Politicians That Tested Positive To COVID-19




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The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked havock in many countries worldwide, shutting down businesses and more.

Many nations’ economy have suffered huge drops and alot have changed in terms of economic activities.

The pandemic has proven to have no favorites as every social strata can be affected by it. Nigeria is not left out on the list of countries affected.

As at the time of writing this article, Nigeria has about 5,100+ cases of COVID-19. While some Nigerians believe this, some others doubt and have tagged it a politicized virus on Nigeria’s shores.

Following mainstream media reports from March 2020, recall that both politicians and celebraties were affected by this outbreak.

Here in this article are the list of some Nigerian politicians that contracted the deadly coronavirus.

While some recovered fully, one died as numerous reports blamed his previous health challenges.

1. Abba Kyari (1952-2020)

Abba Kyari while alive was the chief of staff to the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Abba Kyari served the nation and while doing that contracted the virus.

He eventually died on the 17th of April 2020 due to the complications caused by the COVID-19 within his system according to reports.

2.Governor Nasir El-rufai

The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai announced that he tested positive to COVID-19 himself .

The governor tested positive to the virus on the 28th March 2020. He has been under going treatments since then.

3.Governor Bala Monhammed

Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed tested positive to the dreaded Coronavirus last month. However, Governor Bala after receiving treatments tested negative after being tested on 9th April 2020.

He has since resumed work at the governemnt house and as well encouraged the use of malaria drugs in the fight against the COVID-19.

4.Raymond Dokpesi

Raymond Dokpesi the Founder of DAAR Communications earlier tested positive to the Virus alongside other members of his family but fortunately, he tested negative after receiving treatments.

He was declared neagtive on 14th May 2020. He however lamented over the poor Medical infrastructures in Nigeria.

He called upon the Federal Government to look into ways to improve the healthcare systems in the country.

5.Frank Okiye

The Edo State House of Assembly speaker Frank Okiye on 25th March 2020 tested positive to the Virus. His status then made the Edo state Governor Godwin Obaseki go into self isolation .

However, on 24th April after receiving treatments, the Speaker tested Negative.

The Edo state government in a bid to curb the spread of the Virus decided to set up screening centres all around the state’s borders.

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The Political Agenda For Repatriating Almajiri Boys To Southern Nigeria





Currently amidst the Coronavirius pandemic, many Northern States are actively repatriating large numbers of Almajiri young boys from one state to another but the part that makes it sound security threatening is that the practice of having almajiri boys within communities is not a common phenomena or religious practice in the southern region of Nigeria.

Some southerners have tagged the move of sending Almajiri boys down to the south as political and as well as religious with a terror plan underground. While this is unverified, the rate which at which trucks loaded with young boys from the north are trooping into the south is alarming.

The manner with which they try to smuggle them in makes it look like there is more to it. For some, they use trucks for cows to hide the boys. Days ago, a Dangote truck was involved in the smiggling of young boys from the north.

So, is there more to this recent smuggling? If they are not hiding something alongside the trucks, why are they not bold to drive into Southern cities without having to hide under tampoline covers meant for goods? These are questions the governors who are repartraiting almajiris from their states need to answer.

Politically, if we are to analyze this, there is an underground plan that has not been made bare yet as far as this all of a sudden repartriation of young boys are concerned. The Federal Government should not keep quiet about this neither Should southern Governors.

A practice perculiar to the North that doesn’t end well at the end of the day should not be shifted to the south for any reason. These boys they are shifting to the South have no home, family or any relation to stay with when they get to he South.

They will start by joining those Northerners who are predominantly farmers in the south in their humble abode until they seek something terrible to indulge in such as Highway kidnapping in the South-South and South-west regions.

Not judging but if you take note of the culprits behind kidanpping on South-west and some part of South-South highways, they are 70% Northern young men who have relocated to the south with no prior plan on what to do to survive.

Because they moved to the south with no basic plan of what to do, they are easily recruitd by kidnap kingpins in the South to perpetrate all manner of crimes within the regions. This calls for Federal Government attention.

Politically, those behind the all of a sudden shiting of Almajiri boys to the south are seeking a 20-50 years plan to battle for lands and communities in the South in the future. This may be tagged as mere allegations but that is the fact staring at the South.


Move the boys to the remote southern regions, get their hands busy with all manner of activities (Legal or illegal). This gimmick is not easily understood by the people of the South. These boys leverage on this error of the south to have knowledge of all nooks and cranny of the remote southern parts.

Most of the boys being smuggled to the south via different means will not reside within the major cities but will smartly move to the rural areas. In the next 30 – 50 years, they will start claiming lands belonging to communities that housed them for over 40 years.

This method is not new as so many Fulani Normads have employed it severally in Plateau and Benue state in recent times. When this doesn’t go their way, they engage in a heavy masssacre of locals to prove their points.

Is this going to be the reality of some rural areas in the South in the next 50 Years? This should not be seen as a message to preach against one Nigeria because there are Northerners who are based in the Southern Nigeria and are there with good reasons likewise the Southernerns in the North.

Those who choose to smuggle themselves into a region with a decoy method have something devilish and demonic in mind against such regions are enemies of Peace. If one is confident of a good move, he/she doesn’t need to hide to do it.

Why are Almajiri Boys smuggled to the South in fishy ways recently? The Southern Governors should throw this question to the Northern Governors while it is still day.

One Nigeria is very much possible when a Region stops playing devilish moves against others.

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EFCC Donates Allison Diezani’s Mansion To Lagos Govt as COVID-19 Isolation Centre (Photos)




In a bid to support the curbing of the Coronavirus, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, handed over a property forfeited by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke to the Lagos State Government.

The seized mansion is to be used as an Isolation Centre for COVID-19 patients.

The property consisting six flats of three bedrooms and a boys’ quarter was forfeited by Diezani, a minister under the Jonathan administration, following an order of Lagos State Federal High in 2017.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, the Lagos Zonal Head of the EFCC, Mohammed Rabo, stated that the gesture was part of the commission’s social responsibility efforts towards the fight against the spread of Corona virus.

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