Trouble in Kano Emirate Council

Sanusi and Ganduje
Sanusi and Ganduje

Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor of Kano state signed division of Kano emirate council into five on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

The law created four new traditional institutions and emirate councils. Each of the emirate council has a substantive first-class title of Emir. They are Gaya, Karaye, Rano Bichi emirate councils. While Kano and Rano emirate council has 10 local government areas, Bichi has 9, Gaya  8 and Karaye has six.

The joint committee on judiciary and chieftaincy matters was quickly set up to look into the petition. The joint committee submitted their report the next day (Tuesday) and the bill scaled through the first reading the same day.

The bill scaled through the second and third readings respectively on Wednesday. The governor also signed it into law immediately.

The speculations gathered by Campusaga was that it is a vendetta approach. Emir Mohammad Sanusi II did not support his re-election bid in 2019 governorship election.  The Emire of Kano criticises his administration publicly.

It seems almost incredible that the bill seeking to split the Kano emirate council started on Monday. It started with a petition filed by a group of lawyers under Malam Ibrahim Salisu Chambers. The petition agitated for the creation of more emirates in Kano for better administration and development.

Campusaga gathered that PDP lawmakers in the state kicked against the law. The Kano State High Court has granted an order restraining Governor Abdullahi Ganduje from implementing the breakup of Kano Emirate.

Despite the court order, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has appointed heads of new Emirates with same first-class status as Emir Muhammad Sanusi II.