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Emir Aminu Ado stands dethroned, as Kano governor signs amended emirate law 

Emir Aminu Ado stands dethroned, as Kano governor signs amended emirate law 

Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has signed into law the Kano State Emirates Councils (Repeal) Bill, 2024 (1445 A. H), which has now come into operation today, the 23rd day of May 2024.

The governor signed the law at about 5:10 pm alongside his deputy, the Speaker of the State Assembly and other principal officers in the government.

The law repealed the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019 (1441 A.H) dated 5th December, 2019 (1441 A.H); Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) (Amendment) Law, 2019 (1440 A.H) dated 8th May, 2019; and Kano State Emirate Council (Amendment) Law, 2020 (1442 A.H) date 5th December, 2019 (1441 A.H).

Implication of the law

While it was clear that the law had dethroned all the emirs in Kano, it is still nor certain if it returned Muhammadu Sanusi II to the throne.

This has effectively dethroned the emirs of the four new emirates created by the administration of former governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, including those of Rano, Karaye, Gaya and Bichi.

The Emir of Kano was also affected by virtues of the reversal of all the appointments made pursuant to the repealed law.

READ ALSO: EMIR OF KANO: Aminu Bayero dethroned, Muhammadu Sanusi set to return, as lawmakers reverse five emirates  

The man who masterminded the new law, the majority leader of the Kano House of Assembly, Lawal Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, said he understood the bill to mean that there is no single emir in Kano State at the moment.

By implication, there was a vacuum which must be filled by a new appointment.

“This bill in its entity has abrogated the establishment of 5 new Emirates in the state and reverted to the former status of a single emir in Kano which we inherited since the Jihad of Shehu Usman Dan Fodio. That’s what the Bill is now all about and there was a plan to create an additional second-class Emir after this.

“This means that the remaining five emirs are no longer in existence. There is no emir now in Kano. It is now the decision of the governor to appoint a new emir. The Bill has empowered the governor to invite the kingmakers to nominate a new king. So, we are now waiting for the governor to ascent to the Bill if he wishes and invite the kingmakers to give him a new king.

Observers said this view was backed by the invitation of kingmakers to the Government House by the governor.

But, a lawyer, Muhammad Bashir Usman, SAN, said “The law is clear on this, certainly with the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated. No need for confirmation, the thing to is wait for the governor to assent to it.”

By implication, Muhammadu Sanusi returned as emir as soon as the governor signed the Bill into law.

Return of Muhammadu Sanusi

There are speculations that Muhammadu Sanusi will assume the throne on Friday. Sources said he has already left Port Harcourt and may be on his way to Kano after a stopover in Abuja.

An insider told Nigerian Sketch that Sanusi’s aides have contacted his official phographer, who is based in Kaduna, to immediately move to Kano. This, the source said, was in anticipation of a pictorial capturing of the returning emir’s expected ascension to the throne on Friday.




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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