Ban­ning so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in Kano

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

The de­ci­sion of Ab­dul­l­lahi Umar Gan­duje led Kano State Gov­ern­ment to crip­ple so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in Kano is a to­tal dec­la­ra­tion of war on the so­cial wel­fare of the teem­ing youths pop­u­la­tion of the state. This is a to­tal be­trayal of our youths and rein­tro­duc­tion of re­li­gious chau­vin­ism in a state that is bat­tling to fix its econ­omy through tax and at­tract­ing in­vestors. The eco­nomic con­se­quences are highly dis­as­trous and will fur­ther crip­ple the com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity of the state.

I was shocked when I heard from Free­dom Ra­dio that Kano state gov­ern­ment banned most of the Sal­lah celebration ac­tiv­i­ties in Kano in­clud­ing the widely an­tic­i­pated meet­ing with pop­u­lar novel reader, Ah­mad Isah. In his pop­u­lar RAI DANGIN GORO pro­gramme mon­i­tored by Ex­press Ra­dio, Ah­mad at­tracts mil­lions of listeners across the state be­cause of his ex­cep­tional tal­ent in novel read­ing.

It could be re­call that for­mer Kano state Gover­nor Malam Ibrahim Sheka­rau launched sim­i­lar anti so­cial ac­tiv­ity in Kano un­der the guise of his failed ‘Adaidaita Sahu’ pol­icy that gulped bil­lions of looted Naira. At the end, he was ve­he­mently re­jected by Kano peo­ple and lost pop­u­lar­ity amongst the po­lit­i­cal class. Hausa film mak­ers were force out of the state but their ‘un­cul­tured’ movies find its way into the Kano film mar­ket. So many peo­ple lost their lives while trav­el­ling to neigh­bour­ing places for so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

When I vis­ited Arab Coun­tries like Saudi, Jor­dan, UAE and Egypt, I ob­served that so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties are go­ing on in line with their cul­ture and re­li­gion. I was amazed in the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia (the ref­er­ence place of Kano peo­ple), when I dis­cov­ered the ex­is­tence of highly or­gan­ised re­cre­ational and event cen­tres across the coun­try.

Dur­ing the sec­ond ten­ure of for­mer Gover­nor Rabiu Kwankwaso, Kano wit­nessed multi bil­lion Naira in­vest­ments in re­cre­ational and event cen­ters. The La Sul­tana Sport­ing fa­cil­ity, Meenah Event, Af­f­i­cent, The Av­enue, Min­jibir Park etc are among the nu­mer­ous so­cial cen­tres in the state. Thou­sands of job op­por­tu­ni­ties were cre­ated when the em­bargo on so­cial ac­tiv­ity was lifted in the state. Makeup, event dec­o­ra­tion, cater­ing ser­vices, mu­sic, fash­ion de­sign and so on were among the nu­mer­ous job op­por­tu­ni­ties that made our youths gain­fully em­ployed.

I un­der­stand the re­li­gious and cul­tural im­pli­ca­tion of so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in con­ser­va­tive Kano but gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence to gain cheap po­lit­i­cal points is not in any way help­ing mat­ters. Hisba, Po­lice, Is­lamic schol­ars, aca­demi­cians and rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers should put heads to­gether to find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion that will have wider ac­cept­abil­ity and will also ac­com­mo­date some of the con­tem­po­rary so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

Fa­had Ibrahim Dan­ladi, Chair­man, Ac­tive Kano Cit­i­zens fa­had342@ya­hoo. com

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