Kano Assembly Moves To Reduce Emir Sanusi Lamido’s Authority, As They Adopt Creation Of New Emirates
The much speculated plot by the Kano State ruling government of All Progressives Congress (APC) to literally clip the royal wings of the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, may not be totally untrue after all, as the State’s House of Assembly has reportedly made a move to enable a law creating new Emirates.
In a petition filed before the assembly, the Ibrahim Salisu & Chambers, is seeking for the assembly to decentralise Kano Emirate to four; Gaya, Bichi, Rano and Karaye respectively, in view of what was referred to as the developmental advantages embedded in the gesture.
The letter read by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Alhassan during the impromptu plenary, said that “decentralizing Kano Emirate will draw the remote and historic emirate closer to the state government, which in turn will enhance security and developmental aspects.”
Meanwhile, the opposition is alleging that the move was meant to embarrass Emir Sanusi, who was suspected to have worked against the second term bid of the State governor, Alhaji Ganduje, in the last election.
While contributing in favor of the motion, Hon. Zakari Muhammad from Tarauni Constituency said the incorporation of the aforementioned Emirates, in the same monarchical standard with Kano Emirate is appropriate and timely, in view of the progress been made in neighboring states where the decentralization is bearing fruits of developments.
While members from Takai, Dawakin Tofa, Rimin-Gado, Municipal, Nassarawa and Tudun Wada, were unanimously in support of the move to upgrade the status of Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye to become equal in power as far as their emirate status is concerned. The former speaker, Hon. Ali Danja from Gezawa said the opposition is totally not in support of the plan, saying the motive of the gesture is fully political and shrouded in secrecy.
Reading the report of the joint committee on the floor of the house on Tuesday, the Majority Leader, Alhaji Baffa Danagundi said the report recommended the review of the existing law after due consultation with stakeholders.
He added that the feedback the committee received from the public, massively supported the upgrade of the four emirate councils and clearly showed the need to upgrade the traditional rulers.
Most other lawmakers in their separate contributions to the debate, backed the report, which was unanimously adopted by the assembly.
Meanwhile, hundreds of residents stormed the assembly, carrying placards with different inscriptions in support of the move to appoint additional first-class emirs in the state.
Former Governor of Kano state, late Abubakar Rimi had created new emirate councils in 1982, which were later dissolved by his successor, late Sabo Bakin-Zuwo in 1983. Kano State, which has 44 local government councils, has one Emir, based in Kano, the state capital. The current Emir of Kano is Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, a banker and former Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank.