BY ABDULSALAM MUHAMMAD
KANO – Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has warned his predecessor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, to refrain from actions that will set him on collision course with the new administration in the state.
Kwankwaso, who spoke on a Radio Nigeria Kaduna political programme ‘Hanu Da Yawa’ relayed live in Kano by Radio Kano and Pyramid Radio, stressed his readiness to checkmate ‘’such excesses for peace to reign’’.
Gov. Kwankwaso warned that ‘‘we have the capacity to deal with anyone that shows the tenacity to under- mine my administration through unguarded utterances and actions”.
Kwankwaso was appointed Defence minister by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003 shortly after he was rejected at the poll by Kano voters for a second term in office.
Kwankwaso’s warning shot was a climax of a cold war between the two Kano political gladiators in recent months
Sequel to the development, security was strengthened in Kano while there was a noticeable presence of a combined team of Army and police personnel at the city centre and strategic places to keep the peace.
Kwankwaso accused his predecessor of running a parallel government in the state, pointing out that Shekarau constituted several committees that allegedly indulged in covert and overt operations.
The tough-talking Kano governor who practically relocated from Kano during Shekarau’s tenure said, ‘‘I stayed away for no fewer than 16 Sallah festivities in the city to give peace a chance.’’
Kwankwaso also condemned Shekarau for allegedly spending over N3 billion tax-payers’ money to build a private mansion, adding that such development is ‘highly unfair’ to the population of over nine million people that lack basic necessities of life.