Kano reinstates Sanusi as Emir, assents new Emirate law

  • Issues 48 hours for former emirs to vacate palaces.

By Olumide Olusegun

Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf has reinstated the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II to his position after four years.

The governor also issued 48 hours to Aminu Ado Bayero and four other former first-class chiefs to vacate the palace and hand over all Emirates property to the office of the Deputy Governor.

This was made known in a statement by the Governor’s Spokesperson Mr Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, on Thursday.

It will be recalled that Sanusi was deposed by the former governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje after a long-running dispute in March 2020.

Ganduje, the current National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress also established the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, while establishing the new emirate councils.

However, Governor Yusuf on Thursday signed into law a new Kano State Emirate (Repeal) bill.

The new law passed on Thursday by Kano state House of assembly has abolished the five emirates established by former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The law provided an opportunity for the reinstatement of the 14th Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II and removal of 15th  Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi Nasir Ado Bayero, Emir of Rano Kabiru Muhammad Inuwa, Emir of Karaye Ibrahim Abubakar II and Emir of Gaya Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir.

It read in part, “Governor Yusuf signed the bill into law in the presence of deputy governor Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam, the Speaker of Kano State Assebly Right Hon.  Ismail Falgore, and other top government functionaries.

“While signing into law, the governor expressed satisfaction that the new law will bring unity of  the people of Kano and foster sustainable socio-economic  development.

Governor Yusuf further articulated that the return of Muhammad  Sanusi II back on throne will propel peace and prosperity adding that the repeal of the council law was in realization of his campaign commitments to restore the lost glory of the state and its rich cultural heritage.

He emphasised that the signing of the bill symbolizes the restoration of the revered legacy of the Kano emirate, which has withstood the test of time of over a thousand years.

Furthermore, the governor urged the populace in the state to continue supporting his administration in delivering a multitude of infrastructural advancements that will propel Kano to greater heights.

“Everyone should go about his or her normal activities in the state, we have done what we believe is in the best interest of the state and its people”

“I want to inform the good people of Kano that today, we reappointed Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi popularly known as Muhammadu Sanusi the II as the 16th Emir of Kano while the five former emirs are expected to vacate the palaces within 48 hours”

The former emirs are to handover all properties in thier possession to the Commissioner for Local Government who doubles as the state Deputy Governor.

Under the new Kano Emirate Repeal law 2024, Kano state is now under one emirate.

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