Kano lawmakers, stakeholders demand return of sacked emirs

Some stakeholders from Kano South geopolitical district —which consists of Gaya, Rano, and Karaye emirate— have advised Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf to urgently reinstate their emirs.

In a resolution signed by 103 stakeholders from the three emirates, the stakeholders called on the state government and House of Assembly to uphold the rule of law and strictly adhere to the directives of the Federal High Court by promptly restoring the five emirates to prevent further escalation of the crisis.

Among the 103 Kano South stakeholders who signed the resolution are: Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Sen. Mas’ud El-Jibrin, Hon. Musa Salihu, Dr. Ali Musa Burun-Burun, Sen. Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya, Prof. Shehu Musa, Prof. Andu Salihu Kabiya and Major Gen. AT Jibrin (Rtd) among others.

Addressing a press conference in Kano on Wednesday May 29, spokesperson of the group, Hon. Musa Salisu noted that the three new emirates in Kano South abolished by Governor Yusuf had evolved as separate chiefdoms with rich historical backgrounds, representing a significant portion of the total population of Kano.

“Before their first restoration and creation, the absence of tertiary healthcare and educational institutions in these emirates had stalled human progress and development,” Salihu said.

“Furthermore, the span of administrative control in each of the emirates had hindered their progress due to marginalisation, leading to an over-concentration of social amenities and law enforcement resources in Kano city alone.

“The lack of decentralised development efforts had deprived these emirates of the necessary resources for social and economic growth.”

The stakeholders noted with dismay that the decision to amend the regressive emirate law by the State Assembly members and hastily assented to by the current Governor Abba 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.

“We stand here 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 Umar 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.

“The actions taken by the previous administration, based on extensive consultations and due process, reflect a commitment to the well-being 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,” Salihu said.

The Kano South stakeholders appreciated the judiciary and security agencies for their “intervention that has brought a temporary halt to the regressive legislation.”

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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