“Structure has Cross Sign” – Kano State Government on Demolition

The Kano state government has cited the presence of the cross sign as part of reasons for its demolition of a roundabout built by the immediate past administration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

[L-R] Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (immediate past Governor of Kano state) and Abba Yusuf (Governor of Kano State)
[L-R] Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (immediate past Governor of Kano state) and Abba Yusuf (Governor of Kano State)
This was made known by the secretary to the state government (SSG), Dr. Baffa Abdullahi Bichi. Baffa was speaking at a radio programme, “Barka da Hantsi” hosted by Freedom Radio when he made the revelation.

Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa (Secretary to the State Government, Kano)

Dr. Abdullahi B. Baffa, the Secretary to the State Government, Kano.

Mr. Baffa, who also revealed the challenges the structure posed to the free flow of traffic as another reason for the widely criticized demolition, explained further that in a state predominantly dominated by a Muslim population, it was inappropriate to have structures with such signs in front of the government House.

“First of all, the roundabout was blocking the entrance to the government house gate.

“This posed a logistical challenge for the smooth flow of traffic and access to the government premises,” he explained.

“Secondly, the presence of a cross sign on the roundabout raised religious sensitivities. In a state with a population that is overwhelmingly Muslim, it was deemed inappropriate to have a cross sign prominently displayed in front of the Government House,” he continued.

The government also revealed that the structure will be replaced with a simpler traffic intersection.

The governor of the state, Abba Yusuf, a political godson of Ganduje’s predecessor and rival, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has been demolishing monumental structures and roundabouts built by the Ganduje’s administration since he assumed office on the 29th of May, 2023.

While many condemned the actions of the governor citing political enmity and rivalry taken too far as the reasons, others support the government’s decisions.