By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The recent gathering of some ill informed farmers in Kano did not satisfy the dictates of the provision of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) constitution regarding the convening of the General Assembly of Farmers (GAF). according to ARTICLE 8 in its constitution.
A statement issued to New Nigerian, signed by the Assistant National Publicity Secretary of AFAN, Malam Salisu Mukhtar said a General Assembly of Farmers shall be convened annually to ascertain the performance of the association.
He said the AFAN constitution clearly stated that, Subsections 8.2.2: members of the BOT must be present, 8.2.3: Members of the National Executive Council of the association, 8.2.3: Secretary, Treasurer and three other principal officers of each member Association, 8.2.5: Secretary, Treasurer and three other principal officers of each state and FCT branches of AFAN etc. are all required to attend GAF.
“The presence of the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural development and the Deputy Governor of Kano State are not provided for in ARTICLE 8 of AFAN Constitution”.
According to the statement the meeting in Kano between the 8th and 10th of April, 2021 was merely convened to celebrate the new 18-year old bride of the Hon. Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono.
On the issue of election in Kano, the statement said that as far as AFAN is concerned, the election was not conducted in accordance with AFAN constitution.
The statement further warned that those who transact AFAN business with “Faruk Rabi’u Mudi and his group are doing so at their own peril because they are lawless and their actions are persistently contemptuous to the suit they filed in the Federal High Court Abuja.”