THE Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje acknowledged that he wrote to the presidency to ask for a delay in President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state to commission projects.
It was anticipated that the president would visit the state for a full day on Monday.
However, the governor requested in a letter to the presidency that the visit be postponed, stating that the state is gravely concerned over the hardship associated with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) deadline for old naira notes.
He revealed this during a dialogue with scholars, legislators, politicians, and members of the state’s business sector at Government House in Kano, saying that the decision was made to prevent any unforeseen circumstances.
“As we are waiting for this important visit, we found ourselves in this situation, which puts citizens into untold hardship. For security purpose we wrote to 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.
“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 banks. And without any assurances of getting the new notes.”
Ganduje emphasized that Kano being a commercial hub must be heard loudly, insisting that, “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.”
Abba Anwar, the governor’s chief press secretary, also stated in a statement that during a meeting with different groups of citizens, everyone present acknowledged that the decision had been made unanimously as they had all supported the letter to the president.
Among the groups that supported the governor were two serving senators from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya and Barau Jibrin, 20 members of the House of Representatives, and 30 members of the State House of Assembly.
Meanwhile, it was learned that the decision to cancel the trip was related to the recent protests in Katsina state, where the president had ordered the state administration to carry out various projects.