Decentralization of the 800 years old Kano Emirate: What you need to know so far

Mohammed Sanusi, the Emir of Kano

Despite the court order issued against the appointment of four new emirs in Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje proceeded with the issuance of appointment letters to the newly appointed emirs.

The governor said that he did not receive any court order retraining him.

The state government said that the court order was pronounced after 5pm on Friday May 10, while the Emirs had already received and returned their acceptances before 12 noon that same day.

Naija Buzz had few days ago reported how the Kano State House of Assembly passed a bill for the decentralisation of the 800 years old Kano Emirate and the creation of 4 new emirates in Kano.

We also published how Justice Nasiru Saminu of the Kano State High Court ordered the Government of Kano State to stop the process for the appointment of the 4 new emirs.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus led by Mr. Rabiu Gwarzo, the Minority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, had approached the court seeking an order to restrain the creation of the new emirates.

Naija Buzz had reported based on our analysis how the development appeared too premeditated. The prompt creation and signing of the bills into law by the state assembly and the governor within two days appears too suspicious.

Also, the statement issued by Governor Ganduje while speaking to state house correspondents on Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja shows that the decentralization of the Kano Emirate was aimed at reducing the influence of Muhammed Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano.

Apart from the Sultan of Sokoto who is the leader of the Muslim Caliphate, the Emir of Kano is considered the next biggest monarch in northern Nigeria.

Ganduje however vehemently denied the insinuations, saying that he had nothing against the emir, and that the creation of the new emirates was for the good of the people of Kano.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje

Why Ganduje ignored court order

The state government on Saturday revealed that the notification of appointments had already been issued to the new emirs before the restriction order by the court.

According to the state government, the notification of appointment was issued by Alhaji Usman Alhaji, the Secretary to the Kano State Government, on Thursday 9th, and was received by the various monarchs who were upgraded to emirs in the early hours of Friday 10th.

The statement issued by the state government reads below in parts;

“In letters dated 9th May, 2019, with reference number SSG/REPA/5/A/86/T, to the newly appointed Emirs, each letter states that: ‘In accordance with the power conferred on the Governor by the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Amended Law 2019 (1440 AH) which provides the creation of more Emirates,

“I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR for your appointment as First Class Emir of (Bichi) (Karaye) (Rano) (Gaya) Emirate.”

The statement revealed that while the court order was pronounced around 5pm; “the new Emir of Karaye’, Ibrahim Abubakar II signed his acceptance by 12 noon; Emir of Rano, Tafida Abubakar-Ila, signed his acceptance by 10:15 a.m.; Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado-Bayero, signed his by 10 a.m. and the Emir of Gaya, Ibrahim Abdulkadir, signed his letter by 10:30 a.m..

“But with the new development, the ‘Emirs’ would only thank the Governor during the Stadium event, for appointing them and serving them with their appointment letters since Friday morning of 10th May, 2019, through the office of the Secretary to the State Government,” the statement added.



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