The head of the Kano Council of Ulamas has explained why a false narrative of an endorsement of support for a Bola Tinubu Presidency in 2023 was reported by a section of the media, when indeed there was no such blanket endorsement.
Sundays explanation comes as photos emerged on Monday of the visit of Emir Nasiru Ado Bayero of Kano to the National Leader of the APC and strongman of South-West politics. Details of the visit were still being expected at PRESS time.
Said State Council Chairman of Ulamas, Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil, in a clarification to journalists in Kano on Sunday, “Bola Tinubu was in Kano to attend wedding of Sheikh Muhammad Bn Usman’s daughter, a political gathering at Mambayya House by Buhari Supporters group and to reciprocate the visit of some Muslim groups across Nigeria that visited him and the Oba of Lagos after the EndSARS protest in Lagos over the loss of lives and properties.
“Some Muslim organisations including clerics from Kano visited Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Oba of Lagos after the EndSARS protests in Lagos where he was commended for the support he accorded Buhari that led to his emergence in the 2015 general elections.”
According to him, the impressed All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain said, “I am so overwhelmed with this visit as I never expected it, hopefully, I am going to return the visit.’’
“(Tinubu) was subsequently notified about the wedding of Sheikh Muhammad Bn Usman’s daughter which he promised to attend.
“Hence during the visit, Tinubu expressed willingness to visit the Ulamas which was practically impossible for him to go from house to house.
“There and then some of the clerics that were part of the visit to Lagos were assembled and Tinubu came with governor Abdullahi Ganduje. It was there one of the clerics, Shehi Shehi, lauded Tinubu for the support he gave Buhari in 2015 which led to his electoral victory, noting that we would always appreciate you and return your gesture.
“So, it is funny for the media to now report that Ulamas in Kano endorsed Tinubu, some of the Ulamas are not even in support of APC, while some even in APC have their solidarity for others.”