The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has kicked against moves to host the birthday party of the national leader of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Kano government house.
The group cautioned Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and advised him to move the event elsewhere.
According to the AYCF, “The plan is an insult on the symbol of authority that the Government House has been to the Kano people for decades.”
In a statement issued by the AYCF National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima on Friday, the forum frowned at the choice of Kano Government House as the only place in the North for celebrating Tinubu’s birthday.
The statement read in part, “He kept quiet while Northerners were under attack in Oyo and some parts of the Southwest.
“While people from Ganduje’s Northern Nigeria were being maimed, Tinubu kept mute even when Northerners’ assets were being destroyed in some parts of the Southwest.
“In the guise of hunting down imaginary herdsmen, he could not even condemn the violence. Yet, this is shamelessly the special guest for Ganduje in Kano Government House.
“Kano is not only the financial nerve centre of the North but also the symbol of the region’s cultural and historical pride, up to today and we won’t fold our arms and watch this pillar of the North turned into a birthday party venue for people who are not officials of any government in the country.”
“Ganduje should not allow himself to be used as the only governor in the North to avail a whole symbol of authority—the Government House for a private citizen’s birthday party, something no Lagos State Governor has ever done to even the most respected politicians or private individuals from the North.
“Why can’t the governor of Lagos State, where Tinubu has a lot of influence do so inside the Government House, Alausa? Has Governor Ganduje ever hosted Aminu Kano’s remembrance in Government House? And if Governor Ganduje is so desperate about pleasing Tinubu, either as associate or political godfather what stops him from using any event centre or stadium in Kano Municipal that could be more conveniently used for such purposes? Why must it be Government House?
“We wish to advise Governor Ganduje to drop this primitive idea of hosting a private individual inside Kano Government House, or else we will apply all legitimate means of stopping this embarrassing wastage and denigration of the official abode of a Governor for fun.”