The Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability (CAJA), has expressed displeasure over alleged attempt by the Kano State Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje to interfere in the probe against the dethroned Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi the ll by the state antigraft body.
Kano Daily recalled that the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, is currently investigating the dethroned Emir over alleged N2.2 land scam, belonging to the Emirate Council.
The Chairperson of the Center Barr. Maryam Ahmad said this in a statement issued to newsmen on Wednesday in Kano.According to her, the recent press statement by the governor through his press secretary, directing the anti-graft commission to resume the investigation of the Emir, has vindicated the beliefs of the people that it is the governor that has been influencing the function of the commission.
She added that by its Act, the anti-corruption body should be independent from any interference.
“At a moment like this, we expect the governor to put genuine efforts in addressing the spread of the COVID-19, cushioning its effect on the vulnerable indigenes.
“And also lolrestoring the economic activities of the state that have been suffering even before the lockdown regime.
“Not just nagging on an issue that continues to bring disunity not only among the people of the state, but even among some governors in the country.
This action has become so provocative to the people because even the image of the state and northern elders has been subjected to abuse and attack by the governor.
“His unguarded utterances on the Kano elders since the beginning of this issue and his refusal to meet with the Northern Elders Forum, have no doubt, proved that the governor is more interested in witch-hunting the dethroned emir rather than amicable resolution of the issue.” She said.
Maryam notes that “for the commission, yes, we may agree and disagree with its modus operandi, but that is purely on principle.
“Consequently, we will not hesitate to offer advice on how to strengthen its work specially to build on its landmark achievements, including the recent price stability and its doggedness in guaranteeing justice to the weaker ones in the society.
“But where the commission succumbs to external influence, to work on the governor`s directives, such achievements can easily be washed away”, she warns.
“We are calling on Ganduje and all Nigerian governors, to always respect the independence of the government’s independent bodies by allowing them to work according to the Acts of such bodies and without any external interference from them or anybody acting on their behalf.” According to her