Don’t come to Kano now if you can’t extend deadline on naira notes, Ganduje tells Buhari

Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to stay away from the North Western state over the imbroglio and apprehension occasioned by the current state of the nation.

Ganduje, who issued the admonition in a statement on Saturday, said his warning was necessitated by the Central Bank of Nigeria policy on redesigned naira notes and for security reasons.

In the statement by Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, the state government stated that the decision was taken to avoid any unforeseen circumstance.

According to Anwar, Ganduje made this known during an interactive session with scholars, legislators, political leaders and business community in the state at Government House, Kano on Friday.

“As we are waiting for this important visit, we found ourselves in this situation, which puts citizens into untold hardship. For security purposes, we wrote to the Presidency that President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Kano be postponed.

“We got an acknowledgement copy of the letter. People are really suffering because of this policy,” the governor said.

During the meeting with sections of citizens in the state, they accepted that the decision was a unanimous one.

Two serving Senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress, Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya and Barau Jibrin; twenty members of House of Representatives; and thirty legislators from the State House of Assembly;were amongst the groups that put their weight behind the governor.

Ganduje lamented, “There are no banks in most of our rural communities. How these people get new Naira notes is of great concern. Just look at what is happening in our urban areas, people go and spend hours upon hours in bank. without any assurances of getting the new notes.”

Even at Point of Sales, according to the governor, one could not transact with ease, hinting that many of them closed shops due to uncertainty.

He emphasised that Kano being a commercial hub must be heard loudly, insisting, “This problem affects all of us. Therefore our voice must be heard in all nooks and crannies. We are a commercial hub. As such our position must be loud and clear.”

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