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Monday, 4 November 2013

Governor Kwankwaso Of Kano State Does Not Have A First Lady's Office.

Gov Kwankwaso.
Amidst this beautiful Nigerian madness, there is a governor who does not have the office of a first lady.
Answering questions from Mr. Kayode of Newswatch on Tuesday, June 13, 2012 during an interview, on why he does not have a first lady, Governor Kwankwaso said, “I am sure the position of first lady is not in the constitution. So it is first things first. First of all, my wife is my wife – the wife to Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. Secondly, if you like, she is the wife to the Governor of Kano State.

But I am not saying that others should think the way I think. My wife doesn’t go to any ministry. I don’t allow commissioners to go to my wife. In any case, if my wife has the governor at her disposal anytime, why would she need a commissioner? I told my wife, “If you want anything in government, tell me.” But she knows – and everybody knows – that I cannot steal anything in government and bring to her. If there is anything genuine that everybody is entitled to, then she can also go for it. “To me, creating an office of the first lady endangers the wife by exposing her to all sorts of risks – the inherent problems associated with politics, leadership, etc. If you put all your eggs in one basket, you end up in one problem or the other. Also, if you have people who have not gone through the system – like our wives – they may create one problem or the other for themselves. Sometimes, if you cannot fell the tree, you go for the branches because they are very easy to cut and fell. That is why you should not give your enemies that opportunity. We have people who cannot come to terms with marking buildings with Kwankwasiyya, what would they do if they catch my wife stealing public money?’’ If the truth must be told, this style of leadership is worthy of emulation and praise. As reliably gathered, he has taken this position out of moral, philosophical, political, social and religious conviction. It is said; and it is true that his wife has been trained and instructed not to go after such a crazy ambition as demonstrated by other wives of Nigerian governors. Kwankwaso’s predecessors had three offices for their first ladies: an Office of the First Lady for the first wife, another for the second wife and a third office for the third wife. And so it goes for all governors with more than one wife. What a beautiful abuse of the office of the first lady in the real sense of the word. It is, however, important to note that Governor Kwankwaso is not the only leader in Nigeria who has ever refused to create the office of the first lady. Like Kwankwaso, they were not morally convinced that the office is constitutionally justifiable. The former military head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari also refused to create the office of a first lady when he was in power. Other governors and people in different positions of political leadership should learn from Kwankwaso’s humble example. It is time to make this country better by doing the right thing at the right time. Read the rest  HERE

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