Buhari Angry over Inclusion of Kano Film Village in 2016 Budget
President Muhammadu Buhari is angry over the inclusion of the Kano Film Village in the 2016 Budget.
The film village project sited in Bebeji where sacked chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Appropriation, Dr Abdulmumini Jibrin hails from has pitted Kano clerics against Buhari in the last few weeks.
The President 's position is coming on the heels of revelation by the spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Mr Abdulrazak Namdas that the Buhari Film Village worth over N3 billion was inserted by Jibrin in the budget without the approval of the National Assembly and solicitation of President Muhammadu Buhari prior to the passage of the 2016 Budget.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Alhaji Kawu Sumaila, confirmed the president disapproval of the project saying it was based on the realisation that the project was not in tandem with his developmental agenda for the people of Kano state.
Jibrin single-handedly sited the N3billion worth film village project on a 12 hectare plot situated near his shopping complex in Kofa village, Bebeji local government of Kano state.
The decision came after prominent Kano cleric, Sheik Abdallah Usman Gadan Kanya threatened to mobilise adherent of the Islamic faith in Kano against the project which was considered as a veritable avenue to breed immoral acts and other anti -Islamic practices.
The cleric had justified the opposition to the project thus: "We heard that it is one lawmaker that is bringing this calamity to us from Federal Government. Another mischief is that they have put the picture of the President and calling the place Muhammadu Buhari Film Village because they know people love Buhari and are supporting him. But Buhari is not Allah, and he is not [the] Prophet. Even if it is Buhari that did wrong we will confront him squarely. Even if it is Buhari that brings this we will fight it; it is wrong.
“Tell them, write it and propagate it through all the means. We don't want it; we don't need it. They should take it somewhere. We will continue to curse people behind this film village. You should campaign against it in WhatsApp, Facebook. If they insist, we have hot spiritual prayers that will bring curse and affliction to anyone. Very hot prayers that will cause blindness and make those involved deaf completely.”
Presidency sources also confirmed that Buhari was irked when Jibrin himself confirmed that he cited several other projects in Daura, the home town of the President which he inserted in the 2016 Budget apparently to placate the President and justify the allocation of N4.1 billion to his constituency.
"Mr. President is not happy with Jibrin over the ugly development and sees it as a desperate attempt to blackmail him," the source stated.
He added that President Buhari got worried when he was informed that clerics and other citizens had engaged in prayer sessions in mosque across Kano state invoking wrath on both Jibrin and the federal government over a project that he knew nothing about.