- The appointment of new emirs in Kano has been supported by Governor Kashim Shettima
- Shettima asked whether there is anything so special about appointment of new emirs
- The state high court sitting at Ungogo earlier declared the development as null and void
Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, has supported his Kano state counterpart, Umar Ganduje, over his approval of four more emirates in Kano, saying "what is so special about the Emir for God’s sake?"
Channels TV reports that Shettima disclosed this when the House of Representatives Committee on the Army paid him a visit at the Borno government house as part of their oversight functions.
He said: "The owner of Tesla was talking about flying Roadsters; while the topical issue in Nigeria now is the Balkanization of Kano Emirate into five emirates, that’s the topical issue; that’s what is bothering us as a people, a relic from the past."
The governor who is leaving office in two weeks, expressed concern that Northern Nigeria is always in the news for the wrong reason when there are more important issues that everyone should be worried about.
He said: "It is estimated that by 2050, seventy percent of Nigeria’s population would live in the north, with desertification, deforestation, endemic poverty, pervasive illiteracy and 12 million almajiris we have provided the recipe for a perfect storm."
Shettima maintained that there can never be peace without development and vice versa. He also spoke about how the problems facing the region was a perfect opportunity to deliver democracy dividends or risk having a democratic disaster that consumes everyone.
The governor said: "Education provides the best tool for addressing such challenges."
He added that Africa as a continent has met the agricultural and industrial edges and is now in the post industrial driven age of genetic engineering, robotic engineering adding that “people are talking of going to Mars".
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a Kano state high court sitting at Ungogo declared the appointment and the installation of four new emirs by the state government as null and void.
In his ruling on Wednesday, May 15, Justice Nasiru Saminu, directed all parties in the suit to maintain the May 10 status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
Governor Abdullah Ganduje had on Friday, May 10, defied the court order and issued appointment letters to the new emirs.
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