President Muhammadu Buhari will likely be visiting Kano tomorrow, Monday, January 30, 2023, despite objection from the state’s governor, Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje.
According to reports on Sunday, January 30, 2023, the president is not swayed by the governor’s reason to cancel his trip.
Ganduje, during interactive sessions with scholars, legislators, political leaders, and business community in the state at Government House, Kano revealed that he had asked the president to cancel his trip due to hardship being faced by residents induced by the January 31 deadline for old naira notes.
He added that the decision was taken to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.
“As we are waiting for this important visit, we found ourselves in this situation, which puts citizens into untold hardship. For security purpose we wrote to Presidency that President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Kano be postponed.
“We got an acknowledgment copy of the letter. People are really suffering because of this policy.
“There are no banks in most of our rural communities. How these people get new Naira notes is of great concern. Just look at what is happening in our urban areas, people go and spend hours upon hours in banks. And without any assurances of getting the new notes.”
Ganduje emphasized that Kano being a commercial hub must be heard loudly, insisting that, “This problem affects all of us. Therefore our voice must be heard in all nooks and crannies. We are a commercial hub. As such our position must be loud and clear,” the governor said in a statement released by his e Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar.
However, it was gathered that Buhari has insisted on going to Kano as planned because, beyond the state government projects that were slated to be inaugurated by him, some projects executed by the Federal Government are also scheduled to be inaugurated during the visit.
The president has decided that he will go ahead and inaugurate the Federal Government projects.
His advance team is already in the state and as of Saturday night had not been directed to stand down and return to Abuja.
A Presidency source affirmed that “if the Kano governor realises the nature of President Buhari, he would have known that he is not one to give in to cheap blackmail.”
Buhari, who has been in Daura, Katsina State for some days now to commission projects executed by the Governor Aminu Masari administration, is also scheduled to proceed to Jigawa State for a similar engagement before returning to Abuja later in the week.