A special adviser to former Kano State governor, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, Alhaji Sharu Garba Gwammaja has said it will amount to political suicide for Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to discard use of the red cap in protest against the political principles of Kwankwaso. Recall the red cap was made popular by Kwankwaso and came to be seen as the political symbol of his followers, known as members of the Kwankwasiyya group. Reacting to Gwammaja’s call, the Kano State Commissioner of Information, Malam Garba Muhammad, said: “If you know the history of red cap, you will not react this way. It is still a minus on your side even if it is only one person that removed his red cap in the state, in protest against the ideology. With the recent development, at least, people have choice to either wear red cap or not.”
Gwammaja, while addressing a press conference to mark the 5th anniversary of red cap revolution in Kano, pledged to buy Ganduje’s red cap at N1m if he voluntarily decided to discard it. He said: “If Ganduje can remove his red cap today, I will buy it N1m. The greatest mistake Kwankwaso made in his life was bringing Ganduje to power. The actions of the present government of Kano State have contradicted the ideology of Kwankwasiyya, and we will continue to kick against anything that is contrary to our ideology. The red cap anniversary is being celebrated worldwide. Our members are celebrating it in Ghana, Saudi Arabia, Canada and Malabo, among other countries.” Gwammaja said the current political crisis between Kwankwaso and Ganduje will not end until the former embraced the political beliefs of Kwankwaso. He pointed out that Kwankwasiyya was about transparency, accountability, justice, commitment to service to humanity, rendering selfless services, truthfulness and honesty.