BREAKING: Dethroned Kano Emir Opens Up on Fate Amid Tension in Ancient Nigerian City

BREAKING: Dethroned Kano Emir Opens Up on Fate Amid Tension in Ancient Nigerian City

  • One of the recently deposed Emirs in Kano, the Emir of Gaya, has said he has accepted his removal from office as an act of God
  • The Gaya Emir is among the five monarchs who were affected by the abolishment of five Kano emirates
  • In an interview, the dethroned traditional ruler, who has since vacated his palace, said he holds no bitterness against anybody journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism.

Kano, Kano state - Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir (Kirmau Mai Gabas), the sacked Emir of Gaya in Kano state, on Sunday, May 26, said he has accepted his removal as an act of God.

According to Daily Trust, the dethroned Emir vacated the palace at midnight on Thursday, May 23.

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Kano: Former Gaya Emir won't fight for position
Former Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir, has accepted his removal. Photo credit: @ImamShams
Source: Twitter

Reacting to the action of the authorities in Kano state in an interview with BBC Hausa, the dethroned monarch said he bore no grudge against anybody.

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He added that he had no plan to challenge his dethronement in court.

He said:

“Nobody will feel happy about this development, but it is Allah that made you [on the throne], and everything has time.
“Allah has predestined that this would happen long before we were born, therefore we do not hold grudge against anybody. It is the will of Allah and we have accepted it wholeheartedly.
“This is how God wanted it, and it must be done that way. We have no intention of going to court. We have accepted it in good fate. We thank Allah.”

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Protest hits Gaya, Kano state

Meanwhile, protesters on Sunday, May 26, demonstrated on the streets of Gaya, one of the five emirates affected by the repealed Kano emirates council law.

They reportedly protested against the state lawmakers and Governor Abba Yusuf's decision.

Wielding placards and chanting anti-government songs, the disgruntled residents alleged that there was injustice, adding that the dissolution of the emirate had a political undertone.

Proofreading by James Ojo Adakole, journalist and copy editor at


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at

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