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May 29, 2024

Emirate Controversy: Abolishing five Kano emirates is a setback – Stakeholders

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L-R: 16th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II; Kanor Governor, Abba Yusuf; and 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero

By Bashir Bello

As controversy trailing Kano Emirate continues, some stakeholders from Kano South Emirates have on Wednesday said abolishing the five emirates by the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP led government is a set back to the progress and development of the emirates.

The stakeholders who spoke through their leader, Musa Salihu Doguwa in Kano, said the dissolution of the emirates does not only stripped them of their heritage and potential for growth but also threatened to reverse the positive trajectory that had been set in motion by the previous administration.

Doguwa who called for the reversal of the decision, said the sudden removal of the respected emirs without just cause or due process is a grave injustice that must be rectified.

According to him, “The decision to amend the regressive emirate law by the State Assembly members and hastily assented to by the current Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf is a significant setback to the progress and development of the emirates. This move not only stripped us of our heritage and potential for growth but also threatened to reverse the positive trajectory that had been set in motion by the previous administration.

“The actions taken by the previous administration, based on extensive consultations and due process, reflect a commitment to the well-being and progress of the emirates. The sudden removal of our respected emirs without just cause or due process is a grave injustice that must be rectified,” Doguwa stated.

He continued when he said, “We stand here today to shed light on the immense progress and development that the upgrade of the new emirates in southern Kano brought about under the visionary leadership of the former governor Abdullahi Ganduje. This transformative initiative paved the way for urban upgrades and expansion of critical infrastructure in the capital and surrounding areas of the emirates, heralding a new era of prosperity and growth.

“It is important to note that the new emirates in Kano South Gaya, Rano, and Karaye, evolved as separate chiefdoms with a rich historical background. These emirates represented a significant portion of the total population of Kano, which is currently projected to be at 15,462,200. Before their restoration and creation, the absence of tertiary healthcare and educational institutions in these emirates had stalled human progress and development.

“Furthermore, the span of administrative control in each of the emirates had hindered their progress due to marginalization, leading to an over- concentration of social amenities and law enforcement resources in Kano City alone. The lack of decentralized development efforts had deprived these emirates of the necessary resources for social and economic growth.

“We acknowledge and appreciate the judicial intervention that has brought a temporary halt to this regressive legislation. We call on the Kano State Government and House of Assembly to uphold the rule of law and adhere to the directives of the Federal High Court by promptly restoring the emirates to prevent further escalation of the crisis,” Doguwa however stated.