Kwankwaso vs Ganduje: Senate summons IGP
The Nigerian Senate has directed the committee on police affairs to immediately summon the Inspector General of Police to provide adequate security to Senator Kwankwaso to enable him visit his constituency in Kano State.
The Senate is to intervene in the lingering feud between Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano Central) and Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in a bid to proffer lasting solutions to the disagreement.
The directive, Senate insisted is to prevent reoccurence and or avert same action by the security agencies to not someday be taken against any lawmaker who may wish to visit his or constituency.
The lawmakers frowned and condemned in strong terms the action of the Kano State Police Command that advised Kwankwaso against embarking on a visit to his constituency.
The police had claimed that the visit would generate tension in the area which may lead to breakdown of law and order.
The feud between the duo, took a deadly dimension when recently, about six members of the Kwankwasiyya and Gandujiyya groups clashed in Kano and several persons were seriously injured.
The resolution became necesasry following a motion moved by Senator Isah Misau (Bauchi Central) on Wednesday, on the alarming thuggery in Kano State where, he noted, carriage of arms by youths have continued unabated. He alleged that the armed youths were sponsored and that the police were also influenced to halt Senator Kwankwaso’s visit to Kano.
Misau queried why some prominent politicians have resorted to providing arms to youths, instead of giving them jobs and asked the Senate to quickly investigate the crisis in Kano State.
But Senators Kabiru Gaya (Kano South) and Barau Jibrin (Kano North) vehemenly kicked against the motion. While Barau described Misau as a busy body who is only interloping into the “backyard squabbles” of the Kano people, Gaya stated that the feud between Kwankwaso and Ganduje is a family matter and should not be brought before the floor of the Senate. He maintained that fervent efforts are on to resolve the crisis.
Although Senator Kwankwaso when asked to comment, blatantly refused to make essential contribution on the issue in plenary, insisting that as statesman, he would not want to speak on a matter that is under resolution.
Meanwhile, Senate President, Bukola Saraki in his ruling advised politicians to always resolve issues amicably with the view to fostering harmony, unity and development.
“We must always try to resolve issues amicably and to also, always detect the kind of matters that will be brought to the floor of Senate. It is not right that a Senator cannot visit his constituency. The committee on police should summon the IGP and they must provide security to Senator Kwankwaso to enable him visit his constituency,” Saraki insisted.