Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has denied allegation of forcing some Christians to embrace Islam under the guise of running his Ganduje Foundation.
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, threw the allegation at Ganjude while rejecting the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima as running mate to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Presidential Candidate of the APC, claiming the Muslim—Muslim ticket was a ploy to Islamise Nigeria.
Babachir went on to cite the Ganduje Foundation as another ploy, allegedly put in place to force Christians to take to Islam, a claim the governor pushed back in a statement his Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba released.
It reads in part, “It was unfortunate that at a time when the country needs to be united for national development and religious tolerance, a man of Babachir’s caliber, who is highly respected, would spread falsehood without much consideration to his position in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and close relationship with the party’s flagbearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
“Going by its activities, the foundation is not faith-based but purely philanthropic in which case, non-Muslims also stand to benefit from the services it renders.
“Ganduje Foundation was set up about 40 years ago and is engaged in philanthropic, humanitarian and charitable activities that included medical, support and assistance to the needy in the society, particularly the orphans and the physically challenged, medical outreach to attend to those with diabetes, hypertension, malaria, dental as well as ante-natal and maternal care.”
The statement added that since its establishment, the foundation has built many schools, healthcare centres, distributed free school uniforms and instructional materials to new intake in primary schools, construction of boreholes and mosques.
Others include distribution of food items to the orphanage and Muslim communities during Sallah and fasting period.
It stated that available statistics indicates that no fewer than 380,000 people have benefited from the foundation’s Eye Care Programme that included treatment for cataract and glaucoma, as well as distribution of medical glasses.