NGO wades into Gandujiyya /Kwankwasiya dispute, calls for truce

By Ramatu Garba

Kano – A Kano-based Non Governmental Organization, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has expressed concern over the growing animosity between Gandujiyya and Kwankwassiyya factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The CITAD Senior Programme Manager, Mr Isah Garba made the remark at a news conference in Kano.

NAN reports that while Gandujiyya faction is in support of the incumbent governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje while the Kwankwassiyya faction is controlled by the immediate past governor, Engr Rabi’u Kwankwaso.

He said the ugly trend in the state which is without doubt the centre and driving force of politics in Northern part of the country, had become a serious issue of concern to all peace loving and patriotic citizens of the state.

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“The nature of political scene in Kano today is becoming a serious issue of concern to all peace loving and patriotic citizens.

“The growing intra party enmity between the Gandujiyya and Kwankwassiyya groups of All Progressives Congress which sounds drums of war is going higher on daily basis.

“This, is posing threat to the peace of the Centre of commerce and at the same time showing wrong directions to the politics of Northern Nigeria in general,”he said.

He said the most recent dangerous development in the crisis was the incessant blowing of conflict trumpet by the two groups, especially with respect to the planned visit of the former governor and current Senator representing Kano Centre, Engr Rabi’u Kwankwaso and the reactions of the Gandujiyya group on the matter.

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He cited the recent statement by the state Commissioner of Special Duties, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas where he was quoted in a video clip allegedly calling on their supporters to stone “The political satan of Kano”.

“As peace advocates and organisation working in the area of peace building and conflict mitigation, we have serious concern with this statement.

He, therefore , called on the two warning groups to give peace a chance in the state in order to promote peaceful coexistence for the development of the state and the country at large.

He, however, called on security agencies to investigate the issue with a view to finding out the intention and planned action of the commissioner on the Senator’s proposed visit to the state. (NAN)

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