Maku replies Kwankwaso, says Kano governor afraid of “own shadow”

“Governor Kwankwaso has no respect for anyone, not even for the traditional institution of his own state.”

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The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Friday said the Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, is “afraid of his own shadow,” by casting aspersion on President Goodluck Jonathan over protests that rocked the state on Sunday.

The minister, in response to statements by the governor, also blamed him for the protest in the city after the emergency of Lamido Sanusi as Emir of Kano.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Joseph Mutah, Mr. Maku said the recent statement by the governor showcases an increasing impatience of the people of Kano with Mr. Kwankwaso’s ‘one-man rule’.

The minister alleged that Mr. Kwankwaso imposes his will on the state with total disregard to the wishes of his people.

Mr. Kwankwaso, in an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES, accused Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, of plotting to kill him.

He also accused the president of igniting the protest in Kano after a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, emerged the emir on Sunday.

In response, Mr. Maku advised the governor to make amends by facing the people of Kano and explain the role he and leaders of the All Progressive Congress, APC, played in the crisis.

“Instead of throwing tantrums and casting aspersions on imaginary enemies, Kwankwaso should face the people of Kano and explain to them the role he and APC leaders played in the imbroglio,” Mr. Maku said.

Mr. Maku said it was also surprising that the governor decided to drag the president in the crisis that rocked the city even after the Kano State police offered explanations for deploying officers to the palace.

Police officers had laid siege on the palace since Mr. Sanusi’s emergence, with the police claiming they were there to protect the place and its occupants from trouble makers. Mr. Kwankwaso and several others, however, believe they were placed there on the orders of the president to arrest Mr. Sanusi.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the police officers were eventually withdrawn on Friday after Mr. Sanusi called the president to make amends.

Mr. Maku also claimed that the Kano State governor does not respect anyone.

Stating that the latest claim by Mr. Kwankwaso was ‘wild’, the Information Minister said he was not surprised and made reference to the governor’s differences with the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, shortly before the latter’s death.

“Governor Kwankwaso has no respect for anyone, not even for the traditional institution of his own state. After the recent denial of freedom of choice for the people of Kano by imposing local government chairmen and councillors on them, he then took on the late Kano Monarch shortly before his demise,” he said.

The minister, however, urged Kano residents to remain peaceful and law abiding and shun recourse to violence in spite of what he called the highhandedness of the governor and his associates.


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  • Kadeer

    Can someone kindly answer this, what are the roles of an information minister?

    • Babs

      1. Lying 2. Attacking the opposition 3. Misinforming the citizens 4. Licking his masters boots

    • Mosaku 147

      Lying and misinforming the people in Nigeria. Informing and interacting with the people on reasons for government policies in other climes.

    • redeem

      TO EXPLAIN GOVERNMENT POSITION ON ANY GIVEN ISSUE-TO PUT THE RECRDS RIGHT-

  • Babs

    Maku Ombatse is a big liar and a hypocrite.

    • redeem

      MORE THAN TINUBU OR LAIR MOHAMED–DID TINUBU NOT ALLEGE THAT JONATHAN WANTS TO KILL HIM WHEN HE WENT ON TRAIL–WHO ASSASSINATED KUDIRAT ATI ABIOLA–IJAWS ARE NOT THAT CALLOUS

  • Chanji

    Poor response sir, I’m disappointed! Nothing to convince us…

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Kwankwanso is on permanent drug induced state. No one believes his lies. I think the President is right in ignoring him.

    • Ahmad

      The only known addict to Nigerians and the international community is the one that failed to address AU meeting in Addiss Ababa because he can not stand on his feet. Shameless people.

      • redeem

        only a mad man will accept such an apology from a thief like Sanusi-Nobody, no matter how highly placed in the society, would be spared and the country is ready to ensure that Ogwuche is brought back to this country to face the consequences of his alleged action”.` Saturday Vanguard had, yesterday, reported that Sudan’s refusal to extradite Ogwuche followed the alleged intervention of the monarch. He was said to have moved in to stop . –

        • Ahmad

          Yeye. Pls go back to your bed. You still don’t sound normal. You must have taken more than your usual number of bottles. The so called apology is a figment of your imagination. And if per chance there was anything close to that, it means HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has applied the wisdom of the elders in handling your egocentric Pay master.
          I also laugh and sometimes wonder what type of education you people down there receive. You quoted a paper that has arm chair reporters which “ALLEDGED” HRH Sanusi intervened on Ogwuche non interdiction, and there you are ranting on the streets that you have an “evidence” of complicity. Chai! Chair!! Chai!! Shame on you.

    • ALIYU S NIGER STATE

      Mpitikwelu na ugwu awusa. you are a big full l dont thing you even know you left and right not talk about were the country is heading too. l believe you are among those blood sheders bager.

  • Ahmad

    Shut up! You people are never tired of being disgraced. Instead of you to burry your heads in shame you are playing your usual blame game. Was it HE Kwankwaso that asked Mr Olisa Metuh to mischievously congratulate Sanusi Bayero when you fully know no appointment of such was announced? Your evil strategies to distablize Kano and the entire north will surely boomerang on you. Wicked people, wicked party.

    • Aminu

      Ahmed, you should get your facts right before you make fool of your self. I also receive tweets from Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and he tweeted about 11:58pm, the same day Ado Bayero the late Emir died that another Emir is born Sanusi Ado Bayero….Nothing is said about that , but blames on the President. You guys in the North need to wake up from this brain washing.No one hates you guys but your leaders that are playing politics with your future.And for the records, President GEJ if he decides to contest again will win. Who in the APC camp will win help, is it Tinubu that has turn Lagos to his living room/family company or General Buhari that said in Bauchi that Muslims should vote Muslims….You guys should open your eyes and tell urselfs the truth.Rember….THERE IS GOD OOOOO..

  • Abdulkadir

    Mr. Maku respond to the allegations of Kwankwaso and stop misfiring. The people of Kano are solidly behind Kwankwaso because of the positive transformation Kano is witnessing under his regime.

    • Ahmad

      He can’t stop misfiring because he has no alignment. What do you expect of a person who gulps, talk and gulp again?

  • Abdulkadir

    Kanawa are proud of your achievements Gov. Kwankwaso. Please don’t get distracted with enemies of progress and negative criticism.

  • Yarinya

    Maku must learn not to ever again comment on issues that are far above his tantrums .Kwankwaso does not and will never belong to his class of irresponsible bootlickers. Kano is serious business, and so are the Emir of Kano and kwankwaso. Let him understand that ‘SHOE GET SIZE’, period.

    • redeem

      only a mad man will accept such an apology from a thief like Sanusi-Nobody, no matter how highly placed in the society, would be spared and the country is ready to ensure that Ogwuche is brought back to this country to face the consequences of his alleged action”.` Saturday Vanguard had, yesterday, reported that Sudan’s refusal to extradite Ogwuche followed the alleged intervention of the monarch. He was said to have moved in to stop . -IBO MAN THEY WILL CONTINUE TO USE U TO THROW BOMBS AROUND-AGAIN AND AGAIN CAUSE U HAVE NO BRAIN

      • Ahmad

        Well done! Go take another sip.

  • Truthometer

    This fraudster called Maku is such a funny lying and gutless character like his boss.

    • redeem

      MORE THAN TINUBU AND ATIKU PUT TOGEHTER–OYA ANSWER ME IBO MANU