Re: Ban­ning so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in Kano

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Alet­ter to the edi­tor writ­ten by one Fa­had Ibrahim Dan­ladi on the above sub­ject and pub­lished by Daily Trust, last Fri­day, is noth­ing but an ex­er­cise in shout­ing for the wolf where there is none.

It is one of those jaun­diced pieces that one would just read and hiss over it know­ing that the writer is to­tally out of tune with re­al­ity or is just writ­ing out of mis­chief. How­ever, the topic and the en­tire body of the piece have im­pli­ca­tions that can­not just be al­lowed to stand for the ben­e­fit of our dear state and its good peo­ple.

The crux of the jaded piece is to in­sin­u­ate that the Kano state gov­ern­ment is sup­press­ing so­cio-cul­tural ex­pres­sions by ban­ning so­cial events lined up for young peo­ple dur­ing this sal­lah pe­riod. This is very far from the truth and it should be ex­posed for what it is be­cause one should not be al­lowed to use one’s po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ence with some­one to rub­bish the en­tire state. Of course there is no doubt about the fact that let­ter to the edi­tor was just con­ceived as a po­lit­i­cal weapon to at­tack the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Gov­er­nor Ab­dul­lahi Umar Gan­duje, who has in the past one year taken Kano to greater heights.

Con­trary to the mis­in­for­ma­tion ped­dled in the said ar­ti­cle, the Kano state gov­ern­ment did not ban so­cial gath­er­ings at sal­lah pe­riod. On the con­trary, the gov­ern­ment en­cour­aged and sup­ported law­ful sal­lah fes­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing giv­ing a ma­jor push for the tra­di­tional sal­lah dur­bar.

Even a cur­sory ob­server on so­cial and tra­di­tional me­dia plat­forms must have ob­served how the Kan­odur­bar16 hash­tag trended through­out the sal­lah pe­riod and the glitz and glam­our added to the show which at­tracted sev­eral tourists, apart from mak­ing the sal­lah fun and en­ter­tain­ing for the res­i­dents of Kano.

I also know for sure that pop­u­lar events and recre­ational cen­tres in Kano fea­tured elab­o­rate sal­lah gigs with mu­si­cians of dif­fer­ent gen­res fea­tured over the five days the sal­lah fes­tiv­i­ties lasted. Koroso cul­tural troupes per­formed for days at Gi­dan Dan Hausa along­side stage drama. Another big show was staged at the Trade Fair Ground where prom­i­nent Hausa film ac­tors and ac­tresses en­ter­tained their fans and young peo­ple had as much fun as pos­si­ble with­out any hin­drance.

Hav­ing said that how­ever, we must note that a gov­ern­ment is both the cus­to­di­ans of peo­ples well­be­ing and their val­ues. In as much as the state gov­ern­ment would en­cour­age so­cio-cul­tural ex­pres­sions, it would also not hes­i­tate to draw the line where the cul­tural ethos of Kano peo­ple is in­fringed on. And we as in­di­genes of Kano state fully sup­port such reg­u­la­tions.

Im­por­tantly how­ever, we must thank God almighty and Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari as well as ap­pre­ci­ate Gov­er­nor Gan­duje for hav­ing one full course of sal­lah cel­e­bra­tions with­out any se­cu­rity breach or in­ci­dence. This feat did not just hap­pen. The gov­er­nor took the lead by hav­ing the state se­cu­rity coun­cil fully pre­pared to give Kano and Kanawa a sal­lah to re­mem­ber. To the glory of God, we had the most mem­o­rable and peace­ful sal­lah feast in re­cent years.

We must note that a gov­ern­ment is both the cus­to­di­ans of peo­ples well­be­ing and their val­ues. In as much as the state gov­ern­ment would en­cour­age so­cio-cul­tural ex­pres­sions, it would also not hes­i­tate to draw the line where the cul­tural ethos of Kano peo­ple is in­fringed on

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