• While some agree, other Kano State residents have been vocal about Bola Tinubu’s campaign policies.
  • Most of the residents think that the plan presented by the ex-governor of the state of Lagos for Kano is excellent and should be welcomed.
  • Meanwhile, Tinubu at the Kano rally on Wednesday was greeted by a gigantic crowd who voiced their support for his ambition ahead of the polls.

Some residents of Kano State, the commercial hub of northern Nigeria, have reacted to the promise of All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu.

Tinubu had vowed to revive dying industries in the state and help solve the problem of street children known as Almajiri, if he is elected president in February’s presidential election.

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Kano Rally, APC, 2023 Election
Tinubu makes new promises in Kano State. Photo credit: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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Tinubu’s Promise

He said so on Tuesday in Kano, January 3, at a town hall meeting with Muslim leaders and clerics from the seven states of the northwest region in a chain of activities marking the start of his campaign in the northwest region.

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The former Lagos governor said it was disappointing that Kano was no longer the manufacturing hub it used to be and vowed to help revive industries in the state if he is voted in as president.

On Wednesday 4 January, during the campaign rally at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Tinubu, seemingly overwhelmed by the thousands of APC supporters who filled the 18,000-seat stadium, thanked the people of Kano for the massive turnout and the solidarity.

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residents react

Meanwhile, some residents who spoke to Premium Times expressed mixed reactions about Tinubu’s promises.

While some residents said they were hopeful Tinubu would solve the problems plaguing the city, others dismissed the promises as the usual political statement meant to woo voters.

Tinubu promises are a big task, a teacher pointed out

A teacher, Aliyu Shehu, from the Tarauni local government area, said making promises is a big task but surmountable if the presidential candidate means what he says.

On reviving dying industries in Kano, Mr. Shehu said that there are various proposals and investigations by successive governments, and the current Kano government and independent groups, such as the Kano State Restructuring Project, KanoInvest, Nigerian Union of The Textile and Garment Workers, have recommended in their research on how to revive industries, and that the incoming administration should act accordingly.

“Critical to achieving this task, the APC presidential candidate (if elected) must ensure the speedy completion of the Ajakuta-Kaduna-kano pipeline and the AKK Gas project.

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“As for the Almajiri education system, efforts to address the problem failed because the key players, teachers and traditional rulers, were not allowed to lead because politicians hijacked the initiative to their advantage.

“Schools were left in shambles, there was nothing on the ground like formal pay for teachers and no provision for vocational training. Street begging by the Almajiri can only be reduced by providing an alternative source of income for teachers and maintaining schools, Shehu said.

the teacher reacts

In addition, a teacher at the Islamic school in the Tudun Yola slums in the Gwale local government area, Rabiu Salisu, said many voters, including himself, made mistakes in previous elections by believing that a particular presidential candidate can address the problems of Nigeria.

“All I do now is pray that the right person takes over the country, regardless of political party. For me, whoever comes and protects our religion, provides security, protects the country and prevents assassinations, may Allah give him the mantle of Nigerian leadership.

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“The promise made by the APC presidential candidate is a good thing, if such a promise is kept. Anyone who can address Almajiri’s issues and address poverty among Almajiri households and teachers would be a welcome development, Salisu said.

I don’t believe in empty promises, opined another resident

Abdullahi Kausi, a resident of Fagge local government, said he no longer believes such empty promises from politicians because the issue of tackling Almajiri’s challenges has been at stake since 1999.

Kausi said northern governors are reluctant to address the issue, saying it’s unfortunate that it’s the same people around the presidential candidate.

“Since 1999, none of the northern governors have managed to address the problem. The northern governors have to pass a law that applies to all regions to address the problem, but a president cannot do it without the support of the governors, who unfortunately are not prepared to address the problem.

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“Also, I don’t believe these comments from the APC presidential candidate. He is just a desperate politician who wants to be president. He’s just making a political statement. I don’t believe him, let’s wait and see his first term if he is elected, that will tell us who he is and if he deserves our northern vote again,” Kausi said.

Presidency 2023: Trouble in paradise as APC youth criticize Obasanjo and mock him for supporting Peter Obi

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo cannot tell us who to vote for in February, young people have said.

The youth, who gathered in Abeokuta, Ogun state, for a national summit, said Obasanjo’s endorsement of Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi is personal.

National Director General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Professionals Council Seyi Bamigbade said democracy has gone beyond one person determining who becomes the leader.

Source: Legit.ng