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Kano Lawmakers Pass Bill Limiting Emir Sanusi’s Influence, Create New Emirates For Ganduje To Sign Into Law

The Oasis Reporters

May 8, 2019

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido.
By Mike Odeh James (Kaduna Bureau Chief)

The Kano State House of Assembly has approved the amendment of the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs law at their sitting, Wednesday.

This followed a motion presented to the House by the Majority Leader, Baffa Danagundi, and the House unanimously agreed that creation of more Emirates will assist in job creation, dispute, and community conflict resolutions among others.

Earlier, a committee was constituted by the House to decentralise and create four more first class emirs, following a petition written by some legal practitioners.

With this development, Kano now has five Emirates, comprising of Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi, ostensibly meaning that the domain of Muhammadu Lamido Sanusi, Emir of Kano, has been whittled down.

Although, the State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje is yet to assent the bill, it is expected that the bill when presented to him, would be speedily signed into law as he is said to have promised.

Governor Ganduje has said that, he “heard about a Bill forwarded to the State House of Assembly, requesting them to enact a law for the creation of four more emirates in Kano.

“We believe those that did this did it with good intention. And they want the development of the state.

“The effort did not scale through those years, but now, we are happy to see that the idea would come to fruition.

“It will also lead to more concentration on our health, education and other equally important sectors of the society.

“That is why I said there will be no waste of time in signing the Bill into law.”

The eagerness to act on it is understood as the governor being the unseen hand behind the current discomfiture of the monarch who was railroaded into the position by the former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Former governor Kwankwaso has long since parted ways with his former deputy and current governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, especially after the bitterly fought gubernatorial election in March this, where Kwankwaso’s protegé was said to have lost to Ganduje under controversial circumstances.

This move has also been seen by some analysts as an attempt by the Governor of Kano state and his loyalists to remove if not curtail the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for being too radical and critical of the Government.
Furthermore, the Kano Emirate and its ruler is seen as the second most influential institution and leader after the Sokoto Caliphate and the Sultan of Sokoto.

Kano, before Jigawa state was carved out of it, had four emirates, Kano, Hadejia, Kazaure and Gumel. It was rumoured that in a bid to be the sole monarch in Kano State, Emir Sanusi’s predecessor, late Alhaji Ado Bayero encouraged the creation of the new state with the rest Emirates except Kano in it. He remained the only King in the entire Kano State till he died. It seems a privilege that Governor Ganduje wants to cut into pieces to limit the influence of Sanusi.

Traditionalists in Kano State want to know who the new emirs of Rano, Karaye, Bichi and Gaya would be, when the bill is signed into law.
Would they maintain the 200 year old tradition of installing only Fulanis who conquered Hausa land in the Usman Dan Fodio jihad, or would some Hausas also become Emirs?

Greg Abolo

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