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Kano Govt Dethrones Emir Aminu Ado Bayero, Others

Abba Kabir Yusuf and Aminu Ado Bayero

Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has signed into law the Kano State Emirates Councils (Repeal) Bill, 2024 (1445 A. H), which has now come into operation today, the 23rd day of May 2024.

Nigerian Sketch reports that the governor signed the law at about 5:10 pm alongside his deputy, the Speaker of the State Assembly and other principal officers in the government.

The law repealed the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019 (1441 A.H) dated 5th December, 2019 (1441 A.H); Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) (Amendment) Law, 2019 (1440 A.H) dated 8th May, 2019; and Kano State Emirate Council (Amendment) Law, 2020 (1442 A.H) date 5th December, 2019 (1441 A.H).

Implication of the law

While it was clear that the law had dethroned all the emirs in Kano, it is still nor certain if it returned Muhammadu Sanusi II to the throne.

This has effectively dethroned the emirs of the four new emirates created by the administration of former governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, including those of Rano, Karaye, Gaya and Bichi.

The Emir of Kano was also affected by virtues of the reversal of all the appointments made pursuant to the repealed law.

The man who masterminded the new law, the majority leader of the Kano House of Assembly, Lawal Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, said he understood the bill to mean that there is no single emir in Kano State at the moment..

“This bill in its entity has abrogated the establishment of 5 new Emirates in the state and reverted to the former status of a single emir in Kano which we inherited since the Jihad of Shehu Usman Dan Fodio. That’s what the Bill is now all about and there was a plan to create an additional second-class Emir after this.

“This means that the remaining five emirs are no longer in existence. There is no emir now in Kano. It is now the decision of the governor to appoint a new emir. The Bill has empowered the governor to invite the kingmakers to nominate a new king. So, we are now waiting for the governor to ascent to the Bill if he wishes and invite the kingmakers to give him a new king.

Observers said this view was backed by the invitation of kingmakers to the Government House by the governor. – NS

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