Mass wedding: Kano govt uncovers pregnant women, HIV patients, others 

The Kano State Hisbah Board has hinted that the state will soon promulgate a law that will enforce pre-marital screening before wedlock for all residents.

The Director General of the board, Abba Sufi, who spoke on the recent screening conducted on intended couples for a mass wedding, said that during the screening, pregnant women, HIV/AIDS positive and so many with liver problems were discovered.

According to him, those found with diseases like HIV were counselled while those with other ailments that could be treated were put on medication.

He said, “The discovery has proven to all the importance of the pre-marital screening, and this has made it important for us not to take it lightly, because had it not been for the screening only God knows the number of children that are going to be born as sickle cell patients, and so many diseases will also be transmitted among people.”

Sufi added that in Islam, it was haram (forbidden) for pregnant women to get married, adding that so far the board had completed the screening of 1,600 people from the 44 LGAs of the state.

Recall that the state government earmarked over N800m for the conduct of the planned mass wedding which is to be held in the middle of this month.

(Daily Trust)

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Kano tribunal judgment: I’m not afraid of appeal, says APC guber candidate, Gawuna

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the March 18 governorship election in Kano State, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, has said he is unafraid of the appeal challenging his victory at the tribunal.

The Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had, on Wednesday, declared the APC winner of the election and sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.

The three-man panel ordered a certificate of return to be issued to Gawuna and the withdrawal of a certificate of return presented to Yusuf.

The court noted that ballot papers of 165,663 votes were not stamped or signed and, therefore, were invalid and deducted the 165,663 votes from Yusuf’s total.

Speaking with BBC Hausa in an interview while commenting on the tribunal judgment, Gawuna said, “I am grateful to Allah for our victory in the Kano State election, which was affirmed by the court today (Wednesday). I thank Him for His will, which chose us to lead. I also thank our lawyers and the general public for their prayers and support.”

He noted that the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) was initially declared the winner of the election but believed that Allah had already decided the outcome, saying they had the right to challenge the results in court, and they did so.

Gawuna said that anyone who believes that nothing happens without Allah’s will will never worry or take governance as a do-or-die affair, stressing that whatever happens to them, they believe it is the will of Allah.

According to him, “We are not intimidated or afraid, because we know that whatever happens is for the best. Allah never makes mistakes.”

(Daily Post)

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