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Kano Assembly Seeks to Revise Emirs Law Amidst Growing Demand for Sanusi’s Reinstatement

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By Fasuyi Tolulope

The Kano State House of Assembly has initiated the process of amending the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Law, a statute previously used by former governor Abdullahi Ganduje to depose the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II. This decision was reached during a plenary session on Tuesday, following a motion proposed by the Majority Leader, Hussien Dala, who represents the Dala constituency.
The proposed amendments come at a time of increasing public demand for the reinstatement of the deposed Emir Sanusi, who was controversially removed from office in 2020. The 2019 amendment that led to his dethronement had divided the historic Kano Emirate into five separate emirates—Rano, Karaye, Gaya, and Bichi—each with its own First Class Emir.
While presenting the motion, Dala emphasized the necessity of revisiting the Emirs Law to address the issues arising from the 2019 amendment. “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,” he stated.
Public support for Sanusi’s return remains strong. Mallam Ibrahim Musa, a Kano resident, expressed his hope for the former emir’s reinstatement, saying, “Sanusi is a man of integrity and vision. His removal was a great loss to Kano, and bringing him back would be a step towards rectifying past wrongs.”
The amendment process will involve comprehensive scrutiny and potential public hearings to ensure that all perspectives are considered. The Speaker of the House, Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa, highlighted the importance of a transparent and inclusive legislative process. “We are committed to conducting a fair and open amendment process. All stakeholders will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussions,” he assured.
As the amendment process progresses, the people of Kano are keenly observing the potential reshaping of their traditional leadership landscape, hopeful that these changes will lead to a more harmonious and respected emirate system.

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