The article titled ‘Ganduje’s Kano on my mind,’ written by Ike Abonyi,
the Special Assistant (SA), Media, to the national chairman of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus and published on,
Thursday April 30th, 2020, at the back page of Daily Telegraph and
some online platforms, is to say the least, purely in bad taste and
obviously politically motivated.
The contents of the article is therefore against the spirit of the
calls from several quarters, including the World Health Organisation
(WHO), President Muhammadu Buhari and many other
well-meaning/concerned persons, leaders and organizations in Nigeria
and other parts of the world that the coronavirus pandemic should not
In the article, Ike Abonyi pretended that his mission was to ex-ray
how Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje failed to meet the
expectations of his people in the fight against the coronavirus in the
However, the writer spent over 95 percent of his time attacking
Ganduje concerning the 2019 governorship election in Kano State, the
dethronement of former Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the ‘political
fights’ between Ganduje and former governor of the state, Senator
Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso and, according to him, ‘other godfathers.’ His
article therefore failed to state or show what wrong the Kano State
governor did or how he failed to work for his people in the face of
It is a well known fact that Governor Ganduje and his political party,
the All Progressives Congress (APC) on one side, and the main
opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the other side,
fought ferociously over who would control Kano State during the
governorship election of March 2020. After Ganduje was declared winner
of the election, the PDP went to court and contested the outcome, up
to the Supreme Court where the governor was declared by the apex court
as the authentic winner.
Another fact known to many was that during the election, the former
Kano Emir, breached the rule that barred traditional rulers from
partisanship and openly aligned with the PDP in desperate attempt to
remove Ganduje from office.
In the write-up therefore, Ike Abonyi more of, ventilated his anger
and frustration over the defeat of his party, the PDP in Kano, by
Ganduje, as well as the dethronement of their political ally, former
Emir Sanusi, while feigning concern for the people of Kano over the
According to the writer, “Before Governor Ganduje were great leaders
like Abubakar Rimi, Abdu Dawakin Tofa, Sabo Bakin Zuwo, Kabiru Gaya,
Rabiu Kwankwaso, Ibrahim Shekarau and Rabiu Kwankwaso’s second coming.
Since the arrival of Ganduje in Kano it has been everyday battle
either with the godfather or with the Emir.”
The above position by Ike Abonyi shows clearly that the writer was
totally distanced from the positive developments in Kano under
Governor Ganduje or deliberately tried to stand the truth on its head.
This is so because, most Nigerians are aware that for the first four
years of his administration, Ganduje was rated best in many aspects of
governance, including infrastructural development with roads been top
notch and massive investment in education, among other areas.
The second defeat of the PDP by Ganduje in Kano State and the
dethronement of former Emir Sanusi which took place a few months ago
therefore could not have been the preoccupation of the governor who,
in five months from now would be five years on the governor’s seat.
There is no doubt that the recent death of many people in Kano State
including some eminent professionals is very unfortunate and quite
regrettable. However, saying that all the deaths that occurred in Kano
were as a result of the coronavirus is another height of fact-twisting
by the writer as many, including medical experts have clearly stated
that a strange disease was responsible for a greater majority of the
deaths while some were caused by the pandemic.
It is also wrong to raise unnecessary alarm and blame the Kano State
government or Governor Ganduje personally, over coronavirus infections
in the state. As the most populous state in Nigeria (according to
official records), Kano cannot be said to be fairing so badly over
number of infections, when compared to Lagos with the highest figure
and Abuja which, in spite of its relatively low population is second
on the list.
If we are to raise such alarm and blame the rate of coronavirus
related infections and death on leadership quality, what then can we
say of Europe, the United States of America and other ‘first-rate’
countries that are being devastated and ravaged by the virus?
As I type this piece, there are 3,193,886 people infected by the
virus, 227,638 deaths and 972,719 recoveries across the globe. In the
US alone, infection rate stands at 1,064,353 with 61,504 deaths and
The same havoc is being witnessed in Spain, Italy,
Germany, many parts of the world with main focus being on how to
collectively win the war, rather than playing obviously politically
motivated blame game.
Melah, Publisher of African Leadership Scorecard News and Magazine,
writes from Abuja.