By Suleiman Umaru
Those who think that Abdullahi Gandunje, governor of Kano state had
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It was therefore not very surprising that the governor did not hesitate in signing the bill when it was transmitted to him by the House. Political watchers told The Value News that the House had held on to the bill without debating on it till after the general election to avoid a backlash effect. They had feared
He may have been emboldened to sign the bill approving the creation of the four additional Emirates with his declaration by the Independence National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the governor-elect of the state in the 2019 election and subsequent issuance of Certificate of Return by the Commission to confirm his election as governor of the state for another four years.
They are Ado Bayero, the son of Ado Bayero, the late Emir of Kano as the Emir of Bichi, Ibrahim Abdulkadir as the Emir of Gaya, Tafida Abubakar, Emir of Rano and Abubakar Ibrahim II as the Emir of Karaye. The good news are that the newly appointed Emirs are no push over in the old Kano Emirate Council .
While presenting the letters of Appointment to Bayero, the Emir of Bichi and the other newly appointed first Class Emirs, last Friday, Gandunje, the All Progressive Congress, APC, governor of the state said the” creation of the additional four Emirate Councils will make traditional system more efficient” , an indication that the system has been overdo for change over the year to fit into the contemporary society.
He also noted that with the
Appealing to those opposed to the new arrangement to sheath their sword and support the government action, he maintains that the present structure will ”certainly promote security and education” in the state.
Given the importance attached to the traditional stool in Kano Emirate by the state government, the presentation of the letters of appointment to four first Class Emirs may have set the stage for their Coronation on a date yet to be announced by the government.
The balkanisation of the Kano traditional system may not have enthused Sanusi II, the current Emir of Kano, who was absent at the venue of the presentation of the letters of appointment to the new Emirs. The suit filed in Court in Kano by one Sule Gwarzo, an alleged loyalist of the former CBN, governor, speaks volume. Gwarzo had obtained an interim injunction directing all the parties in the suit including the state government to ”maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice”.
Despite the wide publicity given to the suit , Muhammad Garba, the state Commissioner for Information, reportedly said the government was not” aware of any Court order as Gandunje, the state governor , was never served any Court order”. He disclosed that he got to know about the Court order in the social media on Friday, May 10, 2019.
Garba may have spoken the mind of the governor when he said that the decision over the appointment of the new Emirs would not be reversed as they have already been issued their letters of appointment by Alhaji, the Secretary to the state government at the in the instance of the governor on Friday, May 10, 2019.
There are those who believe that Gandunje no longer wants to work with him and therefore should throw in the towel to give him room to appoint a replacement while there are those who believe that he should hang on to the traditional title as the creation of the four additional Emirates out of the old Kano Emirate will not add or diminish his earned personality over the years.
This may have informed the reason why critics described what is happening in present Kano traditional system as an Emir unusual Era