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Gov Abba Yusuf Holds High-Stakes Summit with State Assembly and Traditional Leaders

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Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, is currently in a private meeting with members of the state assembly and key traditional leaders at the Government House in Kano.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a bill recently passed by the state assembly, which aims to reverse the establishment of new emirates created by the previous administration led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

If the governor approves the bill, it could pave the way for the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 14th Emir of Kano, who was removed from his position in March 2020. However, the fate of his successor, Emir Aminu Ado Bayero, remains uncertain.

Emir Ado Bayero is reportedly out of town after a recent visit to the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona.

Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was appointed as the 14th Emir of Kano in June 2014 during the tenure of former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso. His tenure was marked by tensions with the Ganduje administration due to his outspokenness.

He was deposed following the enactment of the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Law in 2019, which led to the creation of four additional emirates. The state government cited the need to protect the sanctity of the Kano emirate as the reason for his removal, while supporters of Sanusi believe it was politically motivated due to his opposition to Ganduje’s re-election in 2019.

After securing a second term mandate, Governor Ganduje divided the Kano emirate into five and appointed four additional emirs, seen by many as an attempt to diminish Sanusi’s influence.

Five years following Sanusi’s contentious removal as emir, the Kano State House of Assembly decided to amend the law. Majority Leader Hussien Dala initiated the motion during plenary.

“The need to revisit the Emirs Law has become imperative to address the issues that have arisen from the 2019 amendment. We must ensure that our traditional institutions are governed by laws that reflect fairness and justice,” Dala said.

The Speaker of the Kano House of Assembly, Jibril Isma’il Falgore, has vowed to ensure that the process of amending the law follows due process and transparency.

The law responsible for Sanusi’s removal from office, known as the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Law, was enacted in 2019 by the Ganduje administration following a prolonged dispute with the deposed emir.

Currently, the parliament is under the control of the opposition New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

Earlier, NNPP’s 2023 presidential candidate, Kwankwaso, pledged to revisit the issue of Sanusi’s dismissal. Kwankwaso, the political mentor of the current governor, holds sway in Kano, the north-western state renowned for its significant voting population.

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