All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has accused the minister of Agriculture, Muhammad Sabo Nanono of trying to destabilise the Association.
AFAN however described Association as “too strong” to be destroyed by a “weak minister”
In a statement made available to iVOTES by Abdurrashid Magaji R/Gado, chairman of AFAN Kano State Chapter, the Association accused the minister of convening a dysfunctional assembly of farmers in Kano with support of the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr Nasir Gawuna.
AFAN said the majority of the attendees who are mostly from Kano State were lured to the venue by promises of inputs and pecuniary benefits.
The statement reads in full: “The first day of the meeting was not attended by a single person from the array of high profile personalities including President Buhari who everybody knows is abroad.
“The Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who was away in Abuja for the first lady’s book launch while his deputy represented him in Alu Farms at Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State.
“The Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono was still honeymooning on that day with his 18-year old bride.
The 2nd day witnessed a similar turnout with the HMA, Alhaji Nanono looking haggard and seated alone on the high table from where he quickly disappeared after a photo session and telling the crowd that the Ministry had registered over 5.7 million nationwide.
The conveners announced that they were doing GAF( General Assembly of Farmers)but apparently were so ignorant or confused to differentiate it from a normal conference.
The last AFAN organized GAF took place in Kano in 2011 and it attracted specified people as contained in the constitution and also met the provisions of the AFAN constitution of 3 months advance notice and a nation wide advertorial before convening it.
As the highest decision making body of AFAN due diligence must be done to convene it well because it is a Business Meeting of elected delegates evolved from all the 36 States and FCT.
The video and pictures of the participants show that they are mostly from Kano and this negates the National outlook of AFAN.
Elections into AFAN leadership positions start from ward level to LGA level, to the state level in all the 774 LGAs and the 36 states and FCT before the National Elections because the electorates are drawn from the various levels respectively.
Where you have the list of National officers purportedly elected before the 3rd day of the mock assembly that you planned to conduct the election on as advertised in the event program you have by commission and omission rigged the process in its entirety from the onset!
Very poor knowledge of the AFAN constitution and the law has made a mockery of this whole charade so the HMA is well advised to leave AFAN the hell alone as the NGO that it is or risk a very efficacious demonstration for his ouster.
There is a pending matter at the Federal High Court 09 scheduled for definite hearing on 4th May, 2021 so this is event is a clear contempt of court especially that Faruk Rabi’u Mudi and his cohorts are the Plaintiffs in the suit No. FHC/ABJ/C3/322/2029.