President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he has no constitutional right to interfere in the row between governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, and Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, that has lingered for years.
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A statement by Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari as saying this on Friday, while receiving the governor and the newly elected legislators on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), from Kano.
“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 in the hands of the House of Assembly (like in Kano), the President has no constitutional right to interfere.
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“I am here by the constitution, I swore by it, and I am going to stand by it. But let me tell you the bottomline of my understanding of the constitutional role is that peace and security of all Nigerians must be guaranteed, where the people are threatened, then I will use my constitutional powers,” Buhari said.
He advised the elected officials to live up to the promises they made to their constituents, in order to justify the confidence reposed in them.
“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,” he added.
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Ganduje, who led the delegation, thanked the pesident for federal government projects in the state, including the the Kano–Abuja road reconstruction; the modern railway from Kaduna to Kano and from Kano to Niger Republic; the gas pipeline from Ajaokuta to Kaduna and from Kaduna to Kano; dualisation of Kano–Katsina highway; as well as the construction and equipping of new terminal wing of the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.
He also intimated the president on efforts being made by his government to make life better for Kano citizens, especially in areas of security and education.
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“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,” he also said.
According to the governor, his administration has curtailed herdsmen/farmers clashes by establishing settlements.
On the disturbing phenomenon of out-of-school children, the governor further said, “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.”
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Ganduje noted that his administration has also recruited 600 teachers to teach mathematics and English, as well as 3,000 other teachers for Almajiri schools that will be incorporated into the normal school system.
The governor requested for federal government’s intervention in the completion of the Kano River Irrigation scheme; the establishment of a Federal Medical Centre; and desilting of the 24 dams in the state.