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We heard in July, 2011, that the Nigerian Federal Government announced plans to rehabilitate the Kano City Walls. Till today, the walls are still a shadow of their former majesty. The beauty and pride of Kano people can no longer be seen and is gradually crumbling like a pack of cards. These walls are a prestigious part of our cultural heritage. They played an important role in the emergence of Kano as a powerful and influential kingdom in the then western Sudan and has continued to sustain its existence over the centuries.
Although, the delay in the rehabilitation programme may in part, be attributed to the various Bokko Haram bombing attacks that rocked the city ever since that time, until recently. The entire wall stretch is in several stages of dilapidation; defaced and encroached upon with many stretches completely wiped out. In some places, the walls provide cheap source of sand for building construction for city dwellers, while ditches on both sides of the walls have been turned into refuse dumps. Unscrupulous persons have converted many portions of the wall into latrine where they openly defecate and urinate. Some of the gates have been pulled down and replaced with caricatures in reinforced concrete.
We can only hope and pray that the Nigerian government will rise up to the great challenge terrorism has posed to our dear nation. Although these attacks are concentrated in the northern parts of the country, however, until we cease to be a nation, Northern Nigeria still remains Nigeria, and everyone of us, citizens of Nigeria, remains a citizen of Kano.
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