Sanusi’s Diminished Kano Emirate: Comeuppance And Victim Of His Own Power Play

The Oasis Reporters

May 9, 2019

Senator Kwankwaso (left), Emir Sanusi(top right) and Gov. Ganduje. Intrigues and political power play at work.

With the signing into law of the bill for the amendment of the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs law passed by the Kano State House of Assembly at their sitting, Wednesday, new Emirates have been carved out of Kano Emirate, thereby whittling down the scope and influence of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II who will now have control of only 8 out of the 44 local government areas in the state, following the creation of four new emirates with first class status.

In the initial proposal, the Kano Emirate was allocated 10 local governments but when the House went into a committee of a whole, the local governments were reduced to eight.

The newly established emirates are Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye.

According to the final amended copy of the law obtained by an agency, Emir of Kano was allocated Kano Municipal, Tarauni, Dala, Nassarawa, Fagge, Gwale, Kumbotso and Ungogo Local Government Areas.

It still gives him control over the economic livewire of Kano State, which is Fagge that encompasses the enterprising Sabon Gari ( non indigenous settlers quarters) and other traditional markets Kasuwan Kofar Wambai, where an aged Igbo trader, Mrs Agbahime was falsely accused of blasphemy and stoned to death after having a dispute with a Hausa trader.

But Bichi Emirate, which is second in hierarchy, has nine local government areas of Bichi, Bagwai, Tsanyawa, Kunchi, Makoda, Danbatta, Dawakin Tofa, Tofa and Minjibir.

The third in hierarchy, Rano Emirate, has 10 local government areas of Rano, Bunkure, Kibiya, Takai, Sumaila, Kura, Doguwa, Tudun Wada, Bebeji and Garun Malam.

Gaya Emirate also has under its control 10 local government areas of Gaya, Ajingi, Albasu, Wudil, Garko, Warawa, Gezawa, Gabasawa and Dawakin Kudu.

Like Kano Emirate, Karaye Emirate has eight local government areas under its control. They are: Karaye, Rogo, Gwarzo, Kabo, Rimin Gado, Madobi, Kiru and Shanono.

According to the Section 4(2) of the amended law, the chairman of the council of traditional rulers shall be rotational.

“Chairman of the Council shall be rotational whom shall serve for a period of 2 Years; sequence of which is to be determined by the Governor,” the law provided.

The new law also confers right on ruling dynasty of Kano Emirate, the Dabo clan, to become emirs in both Kano and Bichi Emirates.

“Nothing in this section shall preclude any District Head of Dabo Clan or the Emir of Bichi also as Dabo Clan from any of the emirates to contest for the Emir of Kano in event of vacancy so long as he is an heir to the throne,” the law prescribed.

Incidentally, practically every district head is Fulani who are a minority tribe ruling over the majority Hausa tribe that are the aboriginal inhabitants of Kano.

Kano State is the largest Hausa speaking state in northern Nigeria with a lot of social problems ranging from religious extremism to having the largest concentration of child beggars called Almajiri Islamic scholars who are not under parental authority, becoming a social problem to the society.

Much of southern Nigeria that supported former President Goodluck Jonathan has been watching in bemusement at the discomfiture of Emir Sanusi which they see as comeuppance, getting his just desserts as one of the prongs that used false statistics and unsavoury accusations to cut Jonathan’s support in the North and make him lose his reelection bid.

Today, the Fulani compatriots he helped in no small measure to defeat Jonathan and come to power are the ones whittling his status down, reducing him to one of five Emirs, rather than sole emir in Kano State. Even the rulership of his one fifth will have to be shared with Bichi Emirate.

Real payback for a finance and banking stalwart to dabble into the murky waters of politics.

Twitter uses comment on Emir Sanusi’s travails in the hands of Governor Ganduje

Additional reporting: Daily Sun

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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