Sanusi vs Bayero: Analyst Speaks on Court Judgment, Says "We Can’t Say This is Fair or Not"

Sanusi vs Bayero: Analyst Speaks on Court Judgment, Says "We Can’t Say This is Fair or Not"

  • The Kano emirship tussle currently being reviewed at the court has been condemned for ridiculing Nigeria's traditional system
  • Okanlawon Gaffar, a public commentator, said the emirship title is a representation of a system born out of culture and tradition
  • Gaffar lamented that the development in Kano would give room to governors to remove traditional rulers at will journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

The recent court judgment on the Kano royal tussle has been described as an over-judicialisation of Nigeria's traditional royal system.

In an interview with, Okanlawon Gaffar, a public commentator, maintained that the matter should not have been taken to court in the first place.

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The analyst and lawyer added that taking the matter to court was an abuse of the country's cultural heritage. He also said the development would give room for other governors to remove monarchs at will.

Nigerian lawyer Okanlawon Gaffar speaks on Kano royal tussle
Court judgment on Kano royal tussle is over-judicialisation of our traditional system Photo Credit: @Imranmuhdz, @Kyusufabba
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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano state earlier removed Aminu Ado Bayero and announced Muhammadu Sanusi's reinstatement, a development currently being challenged in court.

What emirship position represents

Weighing into the matter, the Gaffar said the emirship position represents a different leadership model in which the person who gets to the position is determined by culture and tradition, not the court.

He said:

"It is the judicialisation of our system, where the Emirship or who gets to rule the people is being determined by a court of law, as we have currently seen in Kano state, where a governor deposed a former Emir Sanusi, and Bayero was installed. Then, we have a new governor, Yusuf, who also deposed the current Emir.

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"What would stop the next governor from another party saying the APC deposing Sanusi and reinstalling Bayero? The court is supposed to be a space where everyone is equal. Granting the damages to Bayero. We can’t say this is fair or not, the principle that has been exhibited is also the fact that our traditional system is now a mockery of its glory. This does not mean that our traditional system should be above the law principle.
"However, it represents a different kind of leadership, where who gets to be in that position has been determined by culture and tradition. So, we find ourselves in a situation where a court is determining who gets to be there and who gets to be deposed. Awarding judgment because they have been deposed is a mockery of our traditional system."

Governor Yusuf moves to demolish Bayero's palace earlier reported that the Kano royal tussle between Muhammadu Sanusi II and deposed Aminu Ado Bayero took taken a new turn as the state governor allegedly moved to demolish the latter's palace.

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