The Kano State House of Assembly has unanimously passed a bill to decentralize the Kano Emirate Council headed by Mohammed Sanusi, the Emir of Kano.
The lawmakers removed 36 local government areas from the Kano Emirate to create four new emirates (Rano, Gaya, Karaye, and Bichi).
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has also signed the bill into law on Wednesday immediately it was passed by the lawmakers.
The development has now reduced the influence of the Emir of Kano since 36 LGAs are now out of his Emirate.
The traditional rulers of Rano, Gaya, Karaye, and Bichi, would also be upgraded to the status of first class emirs.
Kano State now has five new Emirates and Emirs.
The Kano Emirate head by Mr. Sanusi has 8 LGAs; Kano Municipal, Dala, Nassarawa, Gwale, Tarauni, Fagge, Kumbotso and Ungoggo.
Rano Emirate has 10 LGAs; Rano, Bunkure, Kibiya, Takai, Sumaila, Kura, Doguwa, Tudunwada, Kiru and Bebeji
Gaya Emirate has 9 LGAs; Gaya, Ajingi, Albasu, Wudil, Garko, Warawa, Dawakinkudu, Gabasawa and Gezawa.
Karaye Emirate has 8 LGAs; Karaye, Rogo, Gwarzo, Kabo, Rimingado, Shanonon, Madobi and Garunmalam.
Bichi Emirate has 9 LGAs; Bichi, Bagwai, Tsanyawa, Shanono, Kunchi, Dambatta, Makoda, Dawakintofa and Tofa.
Governor Ganduje had earlier indicated that he would sign the bill into law immediately the lawmakers pass the bill.
There are insinuations that the Kano Emir did not support the re-election of the Governor Ganduje for second term.
Rumour has it that the 4 new emirs created by the state government is just a way of getting back at the Kano Emir and reducing his influence in the state.
The petition to create the new emirates and amend the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Law of Kano State was submitted by a lawmaker, Ibrahim Salisu, on Monday.
The Assembly setup a committee to look into the petition and submit its report.
The report was prepared and read before the lawmakers the next day, Tuesday, by the Majority Leader, Baffa Danagundi.
The bill on Wednesday was passed unanimously by the lawmakers and Governor Ganduje immediately signed it into law.
Everything was done just under 2 days, which makes it appear premeditated.
“Kingmakers will be known very soon. So also all other process and procedures will be completed for appointing respective Emirs, issuing them with appointment letters up to the Coronation stage,” Governor Ganduje said.
The governor who appears very happy about the development described it as a historic work.
“In the areas of education, health, environment, (the) traditional institution is indeed a partner in progress. With this development, therefore, all hands will be on deck to take Kano to the next level,” he added.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.