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Avoid escalating tensions in Nigeria over Kano Governorship, Southwest Hausa leaders advise

Hausa traditional rulers in the South West have issued a stern warning to political leaders, urging them to avoid exacerbating tensions in Nigeria regarding the Kano State governorship poll.

The caution comes ahead of the Supreme Court’s judgment on the disputed election, creating palpable anxiety in Kano.

Last week, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano signed a peace accord, seeking to maintain decorum amidst the legal battle challenging Governor Abba Yusuf’s election.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja recently upheld the removal of Governor Yusuf and declared Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the APC candidate, as the duly elected governor.

Expressing their concerns, leaders of the South West Hausa Traditional Rulers Association of Nigeria, who convened in Abeokuta, Ogun State, labeled the situation in Kano as “frightening.”

The Sarki of Sagamu, Alhaji Inuwa Garba, emphasized the need for political leaders to navigate the Kano issue with wisdom to prevent violence.

He underscored the potential nationwide impact of the crisis, considering Kano’s centrality, economic influence, diverse population, and political awareness.

Garba appealed to leaders to safeguard the lives and property of South West residents, emphasizing the importance of using wisdom to resolve the situation peacefully.

The traditional leaders are committed to fostering peace and harmony in the country, urging political stakeholders to prioritize stability during this challenging time.


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