Northern Elders React As Kano Assembly Dissolves 5 Emirates, Sends Message to Gov Yusuf, Ganduje

Northern Elders React As Kano Assembly Dissolves 5 Emirates, Sends Message to Gov Yusuf, Ganduje

  • The reappointment of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano state has generated a heated debate in the polity
  • Recall that the Kano state House of Assembly on Thursday dethroned five emirs and abolished the five Emirates Council, and Sanusi was announced as the new emir
  • However, northern elders have sent a strong message to the state government led by Governor Abba Yusuf, noting the people's interest should be prioritised journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has expressed concern over the recent development in Kano state.

Northern elders react to sack of Kano emirs
Kano Governor Abba Yusuf and APC chairman Ganduje have been told to tread carefully over Sanusi's return and sacking of Kano emirs. Photo credit: Abba Kabir Yusuf, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
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NEF expressed profound agitation over development in Kano, where emirates have been multiplied, and traditional rulers have been dethroned and replaced.

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As reported by Leadership, the elders disclosed that the recent events in Kano state were a clear example of the struggles faced by traditional rulers in the country.

Recall that the Kano state House of Assembly dethroned five emirs and abolished the five emirates created by Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. The Assembly passed the Kano Emirates Council Law (repeal bill) 2024 after scaling the second and third readings.

The Assembly said that the Kano Emirate had been distorted and upturned by the previous government through the creation of five emirates, adding that with the repealing of the laws, it had dissolved the emirates.

Governor Yusuf announced Muhammadu Sanusi II as the new Emir of Kano after signing the proposed Kano State Emirate Council Law 2024, which the Assembly passed into law.

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But in a swift reaction to the development, the NEF disclosed that the recent crisis surrounding the Kano state Emirate has raised tensions and concerns among the public.

The forum urged the Kano state government led by Governor Yusuf and the politicians involved to exercise caution in handling the sensitive issue to prevent further escalation of tensions.

NEF, according to a statement signed by its director of publicity and advocacy, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said it was important for all parties involved to approach the matter with utmost care and professionalism, keeping in mind the potential consequences of their actions.

“Rash decisions and inflammatory statements can only serve to worsen the situation and jeopardise the peace and stability of the state.
“Violence and unrest will only serve to further divide us and hinder any chance of finding a peaceful resolution to the current situation," NEF added.

Video of Ganduje mocking Sanusi resurfaces

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This came on the day the Kano state House of Assembly abolished the five emirates and dethroned the emirs on Thursday, May 23.

Gandjue narrated how he dethroned Sanusi as Emir of Kano by applying the "medicine" of former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

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