Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso on Monday announced the suspension of his planned visit to Kano, which was earlier scheduled for Tuesday, January 30.
The Chairman of Kwankwaso Visit Reception Committee, Dr Rabi’u Bichi, announced the suspension while addressing newsmen in Kano yesterday.
Trouble started when the State Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, on January 27 advised Kwankwaso to shelve the visit, saying that a security report had indicated that the visit might lead to political unrest.
Kwankwaso, who responded through his spokesperson, Binta Sipikin, vowed to go ahead with the visit in spite of the police advice.
“We are coming to visit friends, families and other relatives that for a long time we have not seen. We have coordinated this visit with seven camera drones and other apparatus that would make it a hitch-free homecoming,’’ Sipikin had said.
However, Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano State, cancelled the visit at an emergency press conference at the Lugard House, Kano, addressed on his behalf by a former Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Rabiu Suleiman Bichi.
Bichi said Kwankwaso cancelled the visit to give the incumbent Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, time and space to form and consolidate his administration, without any interference.
He added that the decision followed the intervention of some well-meaning Nigerians who called from home and abroad.
“This standoff has attracted the attention of well-meaning Nigerians at home and abroad.
‘’They have called to give advice that mostly borders on the preservation of lives and property of our supporters and admirers.
“In view of the above and after lengthy consultations with well-meaning Nigerians, we painfully have decided to shelve the visit at the moment.“
‘’It is almost three years now since the Senator handed over and he’s under intense pressure from parents, brothers, sisters, alongside other well-wishers and, of course, his constituents to visit home,’’ he said.
Bichi, therefore, thanked all those leaders and supporters who advised and showed concern as well as put in a lot of time, energy and resources to make the visit successful.
“It is important to state that Kwankwaso’s visit will never be a reason to deliberately inconvenience any citizen, small or big let alone spill a drop of blood.
“We, therefore, appeal for peace, calm and call on our supporters to disregard any provocative statement,” Bichi said.