Ganduje Sympathises With Emir of Suleja Over Fuel Tanker Explosion

Posted by:Abubakar Dundu

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state sympathises with the Sarkin Zazzau Emir of Suleja Malam Muhammad Awwal Ibrahim, over the tragedic Tanker accident which occurred at Dikko Junction, of Suleja three days back.

The accident which claimed 3 lives, with 8 people who sustained various degree of injuries, 19 cars were burnt down completely and 30 shops destroyed, was described as a trial from Allah.

"As I am conveying the condolence message from the government and people of Kano state, may the souls of those who lost their lives in the accident rest in perfect peace, ameen.

We wish those who sustained injuries, who are currently receiving medical attention in hospital, quick recovery. And we are wishing those who lost their properties, better replacement," Ganduje prayed.

While sympathising with the Emir, governor Ganduje reminded how Emir Ibrahim played a critical role in the development of Abuja, the federal capital, for many decades back.

"I can still remember the vital role you played in the development of Abuja. You did well in that aspect. I have link with this Emirate for over thirty years. So my coming to Suleja, is just a case of coming home. No more no less," governor said.

The relationship between Kano and Suleja, according to the governor "...is a long standing one. I can still remember when the Emir of Suleja, His Highness Malam Muhammad Awwal Ibrahim, was a lecturer with Bayero University, Kano, then Abdullahi Bayero College."

In his response Emir of Suleja, thanked the governor for the visit, encouraging that, the visit was itself, a manifestation of good relationship that has been in existence between Kano and Suleja Emirate.

Recounting the ordeal, Emir Ibrahim said "We were shocked when this accident occurred. It was highly terrifying and sympathetic. The governor of Niger state was also here to sympathise and commiserate with us."

Suleja Emir told governor Ganduje that, he had wanted to come to Kano and see for himself the developmental projects taking place in the state, "...as we have been receiving information about your administration commitment towards making Kano state greater."

He said he would find time to visit Kano, to further strengthen the cordial relationship between Kano and the Emirate. "Ours is that of brotherhood and sisterhood," he concludes.

A mild drama ensued when governor Ganduje was about to make his remarks. When he stood up to address the palace before the Emir, the Emir requested governor to sit and deliver his condolence message.

When the Emir understood that the governor was more of choosing to keep standing, as a show of respect to the Emir, the Emir said, to the hearing of all that, "If you don't sit down and make your presentation, I will stand up too."

From there, governor Ganduje sat down and deliver his message to the Emir and the Emirate, while faces of all present there were filled with respect and appreciation of Ganduje's humility and concerned consideration.

Abba Anwar
Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor