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This week in Kano History: July 21- 27

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Ibrahim Salisu Buhari

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

1999 – Ibrahim (Imam) Salisu Buhari resigned as Speaker

On July 22, 1999 the first speaker of the House of Representatives in the fourth Republic resigned from his position.

Ibrahim Salisu Buhari, representing Nassarawa constituency in Kano Metropolis resigned after admitting that he falsified his age, and forged his educational qualifications.

Mr Buhari had claimed to be 36 years old when he was actually 29 and had claimed having a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Canada as well as serving in the NYSC scheme at the Standard Constructions Limited here in Kano.

After the NEWS magazine exposed his claims as fraudulent he resigned from the House and apologized for his misconduct.

“I apologize to you. I apologize to the nation. I apologize to my family and friends for all the distress I have caused them. I was misled in error by zeal to serve the nation, I hope the nation will forgive me and give me the opportunity to serve again.” He said.

He was charged to court and was found guilty on two counts of fraud but was fined Two thousand Naira (N2,000.00) only and was subsequently granted a presidential pardon.

2005 – 56 people died in a passenger bus crash

About 56 people died on July 25, 2005 when a bus carrying them from Lagos to Maiduguri felled into the Tamburawa Bridge about 20km from Kano.

The driver who died along with the passengers was reported to have fallen asleep before plunging into the river.

A Federal Roads Safety official, Ibrahim Ahmed Ibrahim told reporters at the time that five passengers survived the crash and were taken to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital.

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2016 – FG cancels film village in Kano

President Muhammadu Buhari cancelled plans to build a N3bn film village at Kofa town in Kano state following criticisms by Islamic scholars.

Member representing Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency, Abdulmumini Jibrin Kofa had announced plans for the film village earlier at Government House, Kano.

Mr. Kofa said the film village would create thousands of job opportunities and promote cultural activities.

However Islamic scholars led by Sheikh Abdallah Usman Gadon Kaya and Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa argued that it would promote immorality while people on social media criticized the plan.

Therefore on 25 July, 2016 SSA to the president on National Assembly Matters, Kawu Sumaila conveyed the presidents’ decision to cancel the film village to the Kano state government.

2018 – Kwankwasiyya lawmakers decamped to PDP

On July 24, 2018 then senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso decamped from the APC to the PDP along with supporters of his Kwankwasiyya movement from the House of Representatives.

The members included Garba Muhammad Diso (Gwale), Garba Umar Durbunde (Sumaila/Takai), Ahmad Garba (Bichi), Ali Sani Madakin Gini (Dala).

Others were Usman Shehu (Karaye/Rogo), Abubakar Nuhu Danburam (Kano Municipal), Nasiru Sule Garo (Gwarzo/Kabo), Muhammad Sani (Rano/Bunkure/Kibiya), and Musa Ado Tsamiya (Gezawa/Gabasawa).

On the eve of the defection Mr Kwankwaso met with President Muhammadu Buhari along with APC chairman Adams Oshiomhole and some governors.

Mr Buhari urged Kwankwaso to stay in the party but he refused to do so citing his conflict with incumbent Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

However during the 2019 election, not a single defected member from Kano state won reelection to the National Assembly.

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