Former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, has described the planned relocation of Mile-12 Market, as “unfair and unacceptable.”
He therefore, cautioned Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State from relocating the market or witch-hunting the Hausas, as such move would be inimical and counter productive to the long existing cordial relationship between the two tribes in Lagos and beyond.
Kwankwaso made the remark yesterday, when he stormed Lagos to oversee the repatriation of 40 members of Hausa Community just released from Kirikiri Maximum Prisons.
However, a top state official, who preferred anonymity, said that; ‘’The former governor is only winking in the dark.’’ According to him; ”He has not spoken officially to the governor over the matter, so whatever he says is his personal opinion that carries little weight.’’
The released prisoners, mostly, teenagers were arrested in the wake of the recent violent clash between people of Hausa extraction and the host Yoruba community in Mile 12 area of the state, which led to the closure of the market and later reopening by Ambode following several pleas.
Other influential Northerners had earlier waded into the matter on the need by the governor to have a rethink on the planned relocation of the market.
Kwankwaso, representing Kano Central in the Senate, had earlier met with the Serikin Hausawa, Alhaji Musa Muhammed at his Agege Palace, before he proceeded to address a large Hausa community in Lagos at Capitol Road, Agege.
While urging the Hausa community to be good ambassadors in the state, Kwankwaso urged the state government to accord due respect and friendship to the Hausas in the interest of one Nigeria.