Following the rising insecurity challenges across major parts of Northern Nigeria, coupled with kidnapping, the Kano State government developed a new plan by engaging traditional institutions to ensure peace in the state.
The new security step, which is more of a Native Authority strategy, was adopted following an expanded security meeting held between the government and the Emirate Council at the State Africa House, yesterday.
Unveiling the new strategy, the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, said the state involved the traditional institutions in the security issues following the critical rise in security challenges in neighbouring states.
“You are aware of the critical challenges of security problems with some of our neighbours and wise men take precautionary measures before a problem befalls them. We need to be proactive”
The Emir added that a “wise Hausa saying, indicates that if you see your neighbour on fire, you quickly quench it with water before its spread to your doorstep”.
Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II narrated that in the new concept, village wards, heads, district heads, Ullamas and the Emirate Council would be fully involved in the protection of their communities.
However, the Emir refused to speak on any issue relating to the forthcoming general elections, insisting that, “I will not comment on politics because you should leave that to politicians”.
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje converged the expanded security meeting at the Africa house with all the security personnel of DSS, police, military and paramilitary in attendance.
Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II had been advocating for the strengthening of the security network across the federation in order to curtail challenges facing the nation.