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Dethroned emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, returns to Kano

Dethroned emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, returns to Kano

Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, who was dethroned by Kano State government led by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, has returned to the ancient city a day after Muhammadu Sanusi II was reinstated as emir.

The dethroned emir was out of Kano when the coup that toppled him took place on Thursday, and his whereabouts has been a subject of speculations ever since.

The move to remove Bayero began when the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)-controlled Kano House of Assembly on Thursday repealed the law which ex-Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje assented to on December 5, 2019.


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Governor Yusuf assented to the law on the same day, disbanding the additional four emirates created by the law and ordering the emirs to vacate within 48 hours.

He then announced the reinstatement Sanusi who was deposed by Ganduje in 2020.

The governor issued a reappointment letter to Sanusi on Friday at the Government House.

Bayero’s return

In the early hours of Saturday, Aminu Ado Bayero returned to Kano to a crowd of supporters.

The aircraft which conveyed the monarch touched down at the Aminu Kano International airport at 4:30am, according to reports.

He was immediately thronged by his supporters, who were chanting a verse from Surah Al-Fatihah in the Holy Qur’an.

“You (alone) we worship, and you (alone) we ask for help (for each and everything).”

While some others were saying, “God the Almighty will punish your enemies.”

The former Emir, who was fully dressed in royal regalia, did not respond to the crowd as he took his steps consciously.

He later observed Subhi (dawn prayer) at the airport.

Sanusi says his reinstatement preordained by God

Meanwhile, Emir Sanusi said his reinstatement was God’s will and a “rescue mission”.

At an event to receive the appointment letter from Governor Yusuf, Emir Sanusi said his reinstatement was divine.

“The Arabians used to say that in everything we witness, there is a lesson that shows us that God is there. Whatever happens to an individual is preordained by Allah, and for those who are sensible enough, it’s a lesson. God is one, and whatever He does, nobody can change, and what He doesn’t do, nobody can,” he said at the Government House in Kano on Friday just after he got the letter.

“About 10 years ago, in this same place, former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso gave me my appointment letter as the Emir of Kano. Today, after 10 years, I am here again receiving a reappointment letter from Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.

“Time will not permit long talks. Whatever we needed to say, we said when we were leaving. We made it clear that God has preordained the time and cause for everything and everyone. He gives leadership to whom He wants and at the time He wants. When He gives, no one can take it away, and when He takes it away, nobody can bring it back.”

He also thanked the governor and members of the Kano State House of Assembly whom he said were on a “rescue mission” by reinstating him.

“My Governor and our assembly members, you will not understand the gravity of what you did for the history of Kano and the country at large. Among Kano Emirs, it started from Bagauda over 1,000 years ago.

In these years, there was only once that we had an Emir, Muhammadu Koguna, who was overthrown and came back after some days. This shows that in 1,000 years, there has been no case like what happened now.

“In the northern part of this country, we have seen in different states how politicians have balkanized emirates, with a state with one Emir becoming 20, some 19. In states of northern Nigeria, there are local governments with two or three first-class Emirs, all because the system has been destroyed.

“This thing that has been brought to Kano, had it been allowed, one day we would wake up with Emirs of Kumbotso, Bichi, Fagge, and 44 Emirs. So what the government and the assembly did is a rescue mission. These are the words of the appointed Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, when he received his letter of appointment.”

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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