By Mustapha Salisu
The Kano State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling youth drug abuse, calling on religious leaders and all residents to join in the fight.
Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf who was represented by his deputy, Comrade Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo made the pledge during the annual Maulud gathering held in Kano on Saturday.
Governor Yusuf expressed concern over unverified reports indicating that Kano has the highest rate of drug abusers, calling on both the government and religious leaders to work together to dispel this claim.
He also urged all residents of the state to imbibe a culture of consistent prayer, seeking divine intervention amid the economic challenges faced by the country.
Governor Yusuf also urged the leadership of the Qadirriya to draw inspiration from several programs recently launched by the government, including mass weddings, sponsoring students for foreign scholarships, and establishing Qur’anic study centers, as a means to reinvigorate Kano State’s development.
He also called on the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, to develop strategies to address the constant harassment faced by Islamic scholars on various social media platforms.
Sheikh Qariballah Sheikh Nasir Kabara, the African leader of the Qadiriyya sect, expressed his delight at commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the annual Maulud gathering.
He lauded the leadership of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf for governing Kano State and called on governments at all levels to prioritize the protection of citizens’ lives, properties, and rights as bestowed by Allah.
The event witnessed the presence of distinguished guests, including representatives of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Deputy Senate President Barau I. Jibrin, Governor of Jigawa State, Umar Namadi, Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero, Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, and Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, among others.