By Ahmad Tijjani Abdul Kano
Dr. Abdullahi Bappa Bichi, the Secretary to the Kano state government (SSG) returned home from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after a month long medical vacations.
Kano state government had on December 7th approved the appointment of Head of Service, Abdullahi Musa, as acting Secretary to the State Government, SSG, pending the return of Dr. Baffa Bichi from medical trip.
The action that fueled speculation of schism, and infighting in the 7 months old administration of Abba Kabir Yusuf in Kano.
But the governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf at a ceremony recently cleared air thus: “Because, we have appointed the State Head of Service as acting SSG, does not mean we sacked Bichi, we cannot allowed the position to be vacant because of its sensitive nature”.
Yusuf had explained, “I personally overheard some persons speaking with full authority in the local Radio Programs that we have exchanged deadly blow’s between myself and the SSG”.
He revealed that “You know some people’s who are jobless and see politics as their sources of living always tried to create rumours to create unnecessary tension, but this time they have failed woefully”.
The Governor had assured that, the “SSG is recuperating, and as soon as he returns he will take charge his position and continue where he stopped.”
He, however, made it clear that Bichi’s job is waiting for him, and want to assure all that he is still in charge.
Bappa’s return came at a time uncertainty pervades the entire state following likely Apex court decision on the contentious Kano governorship tussle in a couple of days from now.
Looking fresh, and agile, Bichi was welcomed to the ancient city of Kano at Aminu Kano International Airport on Tuesday afternoon by family, friends, well wishers, and retinue of aids.
However, it was not clear whether the returning top government official will resume his duty post immediately as assured by his principal while away.
But source close to the emerging development confided on Daily INDEPENDENT that Dr. Bichi, a key figure in the New Nigeria People’s party will likely take a rest, then fly to Abuja to join other stalwart waiting for Supreme Court judgement.