- For constitutional reason, the presidency has remained aloof from the Kano emirates tussle
- President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, February 7, said that his silence on the issue was due to the fact that it is in court
- The president said that since the case is within the jurisdiction of the state's House of Assembly, his hands are tied
President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed why he has remained silent on the Kano emirates controversy which has been rocking the state for quite a while.
The president said that his aloofness from the issue has been due to the fact that it is now a matter of the court of law, Premium Times reports.
President Buhari made this remark during his meeting with the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, for the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected lawmakers.
On his part, Governor Ganduje said that he and the emirs involved are making moves in various capacities to resolve the issue amicably.
He said: “It is a constitutional issue and the governor and the Emir, we are working within our own jurisdictions and the problem will be solved amicably.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a second attempt by Ganduje to create four emirates from the original structure of the state's traditional council had been dashed by a high court.
The court sitting in Kano and presided over by Justice Ahmed Badamosi ruled that the plan to create the new emirates must be stopped forthwith. The ruling was given on Tuesday, December 10.
The court further halted the governor's appointment of heads of the new emirates into the state's traditional council.
Ganduje had, after appointing the emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi as the chairman of the council on Monday, December 9, also said the tenure would be rotated every two years.
As a result of the governor's move, the kingmakers in the state headed to the court.
The report named those who went to court to include: Yusuf Nabahani (Madakin Kano), Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim (Makama Kano), Bello Abubakar (Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta) and Muktar Adnan (Sarkin Ban Kano).
It also named the speaker of the state's House of Assembly, the governor and others as defendants. The court thus stopped Ganduje from cutting the powers of the kingmakers as stipulated in the Kano state emirates council law, 2019. The court also adjourned to December 17, for hearing of the motion on notice.
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