by Bello Ahmed Wudil
I write to make some clarifications regarding you story – Fayose shoots and misses again – and avail ourselves with the opportunity to give our own side of the story even though The ScoopNG has thrown to the dogs one of the first ethics of journalism that gives everyone the opportunity to say his own side of the story as follows:
That the Kwankwasiyya government in Kano State (2011 – 2015) initiated and successfully organized the Auren Zawarawa for thousands of couples (Mass Wedding for widows, spinsters & divorcees) that received wide acknowledgement with very positive impact and benefits in the promotion of family values thereby curtailing social vices like moral decay, prostitution, cases of abandoned children, unwanted pregnancy, promiscuity etc. And due to the positive impact which the Mass Wedding programme recorded over the years, other state governments, groups and well meaning Nigerians also copied and sponsored the mass wedding programme. Indeed, such kind of popular people oriented programmes that promotes family values was what secured for the APC in Kano 100% victory at the 2015 general elections.
It is also important to note that the present Kano State Government was elected on the premise of continuity, but unfortunately it has chosen not to continue with this laudable initiative and therefore leaving us with no option but to collectively put heads and resources together as individuals and groups under the Kwankwasiyya movement to continue with the programme after having followed all laid down procedures in accordance with our religion and customs, including medical investigations and also officially informing the police and other security agencies who all acknowledged and granted our requests.
We were therefore shocked to learn that the Kano State Commissioner of Police Rabiu Yusuf was invited to the Kano Government House and directed to stop the Mass Wedding programme under the pretext that the State Government was also organizing another event with the Minister of Sports and Youth Development who was not in the country as at the time as its guest of honour. We have very strong reasons to believe that the programme of the State government was concocted to give the impression that holding the two programmes on the same day might bring about a security risk and therefore giving the police grounds to ban both programmes.
Even though we officially conveyed to the police a notification that we have voluntarily decided to shift our own programme to the next day, the Commissioner of Police still went ahead to ban the programme even after several other proposals to hold it on a different day.
Furthermore, having realized that the Commissioner of Police has aligned himself with the Gandujiya group of the state Governor, we dropped the idea of a Mass Wedding and advised the couples to individually contract their marriages with their families and friends. To our dismay again on Monday evening without any justification the police came armed to the teeth and illegally sealed our office on No. 2 Lodge Road where furniture, food and other gift items for the would be couples are stored and ready for distribution.
Now this is a total breach of our constitutional and religious rights to freedom of assembly and association along side all our other fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there are several rulings of the Supreme Court regarding such kind of behaviour by the Police.
We therefore request that you do the needful by kindly putting out a story that will cover our own version of the feud.