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I ‘ve reconciled with Buhari — Shekarau

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO — Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State declared yesterday that he had reconciled with his estrange godfather, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) ahead of preparations for 2011 general election.

Gov. Shekarau who is also the Sardaunan Kano told newsmen during a media lunch that the four years frosty relationship had been renewed in the interest of the two leading All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP, stalwarts.

Relationship between them took a downward turn after the 2007 general election while the situation was compounded by fanatical supporters whose utterances had made reconciliation difficult until lately.

Vanguard learnt that Shekarau had a couple of weeks ago met Buhari in his Kaduna residence in company of Alhaji Sani Sha’aban, the ANPP Kaduna governorship candidate in 2007 election.

The Sardaunan Kano explained that his meeting with Buhari was hinged on the teaching of his religion that enjoins faithful to make friends with people that are estrange with them to curry the favour of Allah.

Shekarau said the encounter with Buhari in Kaduna was fruitful, adding that issues of concern were discussed.

“My visit with General Buhari was anchored on the teaching of Islam that enjoins you to make friends with estrange people. So we met, we discussed. It was a meeting of brothers and the discussion was based on mutual understanding, it was a beautiful one,” Shekarau said.

According to him, “Islam enjoins you to make friends with those that deny you, forgive whoever offends you and return visit to whoever cut it from you,” stressing that the religious teaching was the guiding principle of the visit.

Shekarau, however, noted that he had fulfilled religious obligation accordingly, pointing out that  the result and outcome is best known to God

Shekarau who seized the opportunity to shed light on his investiture as the Sardaunan Kano said he never “influenced it,” maintaining that he willingly accepted it because monarchs across the geo-political zones of this country has bestowed similar honour on him.


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