"Supreme Court Decision on Kano Governor Sparks Closures and Prayer Vigil"

“Supreme Court Decision on Kano Governor Sparks Closures and Prayer Vigil”

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Tension grips Kano State, particularly the capital, as residents await the Supreme Court’s verdict that will determine the rightful governor. In anticipation of potential unrest following the ruling, schools, banks, and other institutions have declared closures. The judgment is expected to settle the eight-month legal battle over the governorship, with Abba Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) challenging the decisions of the tribunal and Court of Appeal, which favored Nasiru Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The atmosphere in the city is charged with anxiety, driven by visible signs of volatility from members of both APC and NNPP. Private schools in the city have already suspended regular activities due to safety concerns arising from the escalating tension and security risks. While the government has not officially announced school closures on Friday, messages confirming closure have been sent to parents by private schools.

The Police Command in Kano State has assured residents of the protection of life and property during and after the judgment. Commissioner of Police (CP) Mohammed Gumel, addressing journalists at the Bompai Police Headquarters, stated that security measures were in place to ensure peace and tranquility. He urged residents to go about their lawful business without fear of harassment or molestation.

In Nasarawa State, the “Women For Justice” group has embarked on a 24-hour prayer chain in support of David Ombugadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The women believe that seeking God’s intervention through prayer is crucial in relation to the Supreme Court judgment. They express faith in the power of prayer and emphasize unity across religious lines.

Since March 19, 2023, the women have engaged in peaceful protests and prayers, seeking the restoration of their perceived “stolen mandate.” Additionally, they call on President Bola Tinubu to address the prevailing insecurity in the state and pray for his success in leading the nation out of economic challenges. The women extend an invitation to women across the country to join them in prayers for peace and security.

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