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Gov Abba Yusuf Signs Bill Reversing Creation of New Emirates, Reinstates Muhammadu Sanusi II As 14th Emir of Kano

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Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, has signed into law a bill passed by the state assembly that reverses the establishment of new emirates created during the tenure of former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

The signing took place on Thursday following a closed-door meeting between the governor, members of the state assembly, and certain traditional leaders considered kingmakers at the Government House in Kano.

Yusuf also reinstated Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 14th Emir of Kano, who was dethroned in March 2020. Consequently, Emir Aminu Ado Bayero, who succeeded Sanusi, has been removed from office.

Emir Ado Bayero is currently out of town after a visit to Oba Sikiru Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebuland, on Wednesday.

Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was appointed as the 14th Emir of Kano in June 2014 during the administration of former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso. Tensions arose between Sanusi and the Ganduje administration due to his outspoken nature.

He was deposed in March 2020 following the promulgation of the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Law in 2019, which led to the creation of four additional emirates – Rano, Karaye, Gaya, and Bichi.

The government cited the need to preserve the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion, and prestige of the Kano emirate as reasons for Sanusi’s removal, accusing him of disrespecting institutions and the governor’s office. However, Sanusi’s supporters believed his removal was politically motivated due to his opposition to Ganduje’s re-election in 2019.

Following Ganduje’s re-election and the subsequent division of the Kano emirate into five, the Kano State House of Assembly recently moved to amend the law, culminating in its reversal.

“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 assured that the amendment process will adhere to due process and transparency.

The legislation responsible for Sanusi’s removal is called the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Law, enacted in 2019 during the tenure of the Ganduje administration amidst tensions with the deposed emir.

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

Previously, NNPP’s 2023 presidential candidate, Kwankwaso, vowed to revisit Sanusi’s dismissal. Kwankwaso, the political mentor of the current governor, wields significant influence in Kano, a north-western state renowned for its substantial voting population.

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