The ongoing feud between former Governors Abdullahi Ganduje and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has escalated into a battle of vendettas and efforts to crush perceived enemies.

Many find it perplexing how these two former allies, who once governed Kano State together as governor and deputy, could transform into bitter, malicious, and irreconcilable enemies.

Ganduje is often blamed for the discord, as it is expected that those in positions of power should exhibit compassion, humility, and self-control. These traits are essential for navigating the challenges of high authority and choosing to act with benevolence rather than oppression.

Public sympathy tends to favor those who have lost power, as their crises make them appear less arrogant, rigid, and egotistical.

However, those familiar with Kwankwaso describe him as equally rigid, arrogant, self-validating, and unforgiving. This similarity helps explain why the former friends can no longer maintain their relationship.

It is clear that Ganduje is not the sole problem, and Kwankwaso may pose an even greater threat to the peace that once existed between the former allies.

Governor Abba Yusuf and Kwankwaso are increasingly viewed as villains rather than heroes. Since taking office, Yusuf has displayed behaviors previously condemned by the public and has even exceeded them, under the influence of his mentor and in-law, Kwankwaso.

Governor Yusuf is seen as prioritizing vendetta and hatred over governance. He began by demolishing a roundabout built with taxpayers’ money, not owned by Ganduje personally. He has also influenced the House of Assembly to amend the law to dethrone Emir Aminu Bayero and dismantle the five emirates created by Ganduje, impacting families and communities without justification. This is in contrast to the case of Emir Sanusi II, who was charged with insubordination and corruption.

Like Ganduje, Governor Yusuf is now disregarding court orders and demolishing public property to target his enemies, wasting public funds during an economic crisis while claiming they cannot pay a minimum wage of N60,000.

This raises the question: how do Governor Yusuf and Kwankwaso believe their actions make them better than Ganduje? What morals and values are these leaders promoting for people to respect and create a lasting legacy of sacrifice, like the late former Governor Abubakar Rimi and Nelson Mandela?

Why does Sanusi appear to be repaying evil with evil, inflicting the same kind of humiliation, pain, and agony he once wished to avoid, despite the extraordinary grace and mercy he has received?

In conclusion, as the prophet said, it is not the beginning that defines a man, but how he ends in a position of power or in every life affair.


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