By Mustapha Usman
A group of lawyers has threatened to sue the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, the state Ministry of Education, State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB and the Attorney General, Ibrahim Mukhtar, for involving primary school pupils in the bribe-taking saga.
They also threatened to sue the Education Secretary, ES and the authorities of Tarauni and Unguwa Uku Special Primary Schools for using their pupils in political activities.
Recall that the publisher of DAILY NIGERIAN newspaper, Jaafar Jaafar, who released two video clips showing Mr Ganduje receiving kickbacks in hard currency from contractors, on Thursday appeared before a panel constituted by the Kano House of Assembly to probe the allegation.
The online newspaper had reported on Wednesday that the state government was planning to mobilise 3,000 thugs to scuttle the public hearing, the report it swiftly denied.
However, during the appearance of Mr Jaafar, the editor-in-chief of the online newspaper, primary school boys and girls in their uniforms, were sighted raising placards in solidarity to the state governor, a situation that drew the ire of the general public.
In a telephone interview with DAILY NIGERIAN correspondent on Saturday, leader of the group, Ali Jamilu condemned the development and threatened to sue those responsible for using the children in a political event.
According to Mr Jamilu, the act violated section 5 (1) of Kano State Child Labour Prohibition Law 2015, explaining that, whoever is found wanting shall serve one-year imprisonment or be fined not less than N100, 000.
He described the act as an abuse to the right of the children, vowing to take legal action if the state government and other parties involved fail to make a public apology.
The legal practitioner noted that the act had buttressed the allegation that the state engaged in underage voting during the last local government elections.
He said the group has recognized Gyadi-Gyadi and Unguwa Uku Primary Schools, calling on the authorities of the schools to investigate the matter and take appropriate action before they are taken to court.
“We condemn the act of using primary school pupils to engage in political activities in this state. This is a violation to the child labour prohibition law of 2015.
“This has subjected our state to ridicule. This has buttressed the notion of the southern people that the northerners engage in underage voting.
“We will take this case to court. We will drag the state governor, the ministry of education, the attorney general, the education secretary of the local government and the school authorities for using our children in political activities.
“We will not stop from taking a legal action unless the parties involved defend themselves and tender public apology,” he said.