By Suleiman Umaru
President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, has refused to be dragged into discussion in the crisis rocking the Kano Emirate following its decentralisation by Abdullahi Ganduje, the APC, governor of the state to avoid being accused of supporting the governor’s action.
The Katsina state born Nigerian President, also has refused to congratulate the four Emirs appointed by Gaduje to oversee the four Emirates that had been carved out of the over 200 year -old Kano traditional system. They are Ibrahim Abubakar II, Emir of Karaye, Tafida Abubakar-Il, Emir of Rano, Ibrahim Abdulkadir, Emir of Gaya and Aminu Ado-Bayero, the eldest son of the late multi-millionaire business mogul and Emir of Kano, as the Emir of Bichi.
The President may have been briefed by the Kano state governor about the balkanisation of the Kano traditional system in advance by the governor but had remained silent because of the controversy surrounding the action both within and outside the state. He did not want to aggravate the situation by being seen by Sanusi II Camp as having endorsed the governor’s action to humiliate him while still in office.
He was said to have allowed the governor and the state House of Assembly to carry out their Constitutional responsibility without interference. . It was not surprising why the governor on Monday, May 13, 2019, handed over the staff of office to the four new Emirs , thus bringing the number of Emirs in the old Kano traditional system to five.
Many believe that governor’s action was to undermine the Authority of Muhammadu Sanusi II, the current Emir of Kano, and former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN but his appeal to the new first class Emirs to respect the Emir of Kano, who before now was the only recognised Emir of Kano speaks volume. This is an indication that the governor still owes his respect to the Emir of Kano.
In handing over the instrument of office to the Emirs, he said it is an opportunity for them to be dedicated and show more commitment to serve their subjects in the areas of ”security, health care delivery system, education, environment among others”. He assured them that the state government on its part would keep its door open and ever ready to work with them for the growth and development of the state and the nation in general.
He was very emphatic in calling on the new Emirs to place greater priority on the security of their domains to avoid the filtration of the members of the Islamic Fundamentalists group, baptised BokoHaram Insurgents, operating in the north east and the Bandits operating in Zamfara state , into the ranks of their subjects to cause mayhem.
An elated Ganduje wants the monarchs to work closely with the police and other security agencies including the Army to enhance improved security in their domain. The governor also enjoined them to intensify efforts towards strengthening Community policing , as ”practiced globally”, noting that ” it should form part of their commitment” as the government would back them to ensure that ”global best practices are observed”.
In spite of the fact that the Kano state
According to him, the Kano Emirate had been created from the time of Shehu Othman Dan Dodio and therefore wondered why the Kano state governor could do what he has done by ”reducing the prestige and effectiveness of the Kano Emirate system” . He fears that the Caliphate system which is closer to the Kano traditional system may be the next to be tampered with by a hostile government in the state.
The aggrieved Historian said gadunje may have taken advantage of the frosty relationship between Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano and his Cousins to undermine the Emirate and its rich heritage. He revealed that some of the members of the Kano Royal family were themselves ‘instigators of the crisis that led to the balkanisation of the Emirate because ”they were not on good terms with the Emirate .
”They have destroyed a system of which they had hoped to benefit from in the futre”, he had said. More so, he believes that they are already benefiting from the Kano traditional institution because as a member of the Royal lineage one need not be an Emir to benefit from the Emirate establishment. But critics noted that the former CBN, governor was only being victimised by the Kano state government with the active connivance of the Presidency because of his” outspokenness”.
The Value News findings shows that there is more to the crisis in the Kano Royal family. It was learnt the state government Complaints and anti-corruption agency may have been used by the governor to uncover alleged fraud in the Emir’s Palace through its investigation of the allocation to the Palace . The probe according to sources was targeted at getting rid of the Emir. The suspicision that he had supported Abba Kabir Yusuf, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who was incidentally a former governor of the state and a Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria, annoited Opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, governorship Candidate in the state and Atiku Abubakar, the party Presidential Candidate in the 2019 election may have triggered up the probe.
The rumour making the rounds was that the Commission may transfer the case to the regular Court for Sanusi II to defend himself over allegations of misappropriation of public funds levelled against him.
The embattled Emir of Kano may have sensed that there are plots to dethrone him and banish him from Kano by the governor in his plan B, that he quickly sent Aliko Dangote,a respected billionaire and business mogul , to Ganduje to plead with him to have a change of mind towards him.
There are indications that governor who is not yet done with the Sanusi 11, may want to further humiliate him by going ahead to transfer him to one of the new Emirates or replacing him with the Emir from of one of the new Emirates. This may be bad news for the revered former CBN governor who has a penchant of talking to people any how including the Lawmakers , under then Olusegun Obasanjo Administration.