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Meet Harun Ibn Sina: Ganduje’s anointed Hisbah Commander General



Mukhtar Yahaya Usman

Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has appointed Sheik Harun Sani Ibn Sina as commander General Kano state Hisbah command to fill the vacuum left by Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa.

Ganduje had accused the Daurawa administration of the Hisbah of ‘gradually deviating from its main function’.

In the lead-up to the 2019 election, Ganduje accused Daurawa of embezzlement, deception, and partisanship.

‘This is unacceptable and government must address this problem,’ he said.

However the embattled Commander General pre-empted the governor’s move and resigned on May 9 citing personal problems.

Daurawa had earlier led a delegation of Islamic scholars to former governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who is Ganduje’s main political rival.

The Hisbah had been without a substantive leader until the appointment of Ibn Sina on July 1.

The appointment was announced by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to governor Ganduje along with 25 other chief executives of Kano state government parastatals.

Ganduje’s teacher

Before his appointment Ibn Sina is the deputy Imam of Kano Government House Juma’at mosque and was the senior special adviser to the governor on traditional medicine.

Ibn Sina is seen as the closest Islamic scholar to governor Ganduje.

He had been Ganduje’s personal Islamic tutor since 1991 when the governor was serving as Commissioner for Works in the military government of Kano state.

“When it rains, he used to ask me to leave my motorcycle at his house in Sharada and drive me home in his car,” he told KANO TODAY.

After Ganduje’s emergence as Kano state deputy governor in 1999, he appointed Ibn Sina to head the Ganduje Islamic Foundation.

The Foundation engages in Islamic propagation, organizing qur’anic competition, as well as medical outreach programs among others.

No vendetta at Hisbah

In an exclusive interview with KANO TODAY, Ibn Sina said he would try to reorient the Hisbah command without vendetta.

“I will rectify past mistakes and will avoid shady dealings”, he said.

“But I will not be used as a tool of vengeance by the governor”, he added.

 Who is Ibn Sina

·        Born in 1961 at Kankara, Katsina state

·        Moved to Sheka, Kano at the age of two.

·        Studied Qur’an and Islamic studies in Kano

·        Earned a B.A in Arabic Studies in 2017

·        Known as Ibn Sina for his expertise in Islamic herbal medicine