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Kano House of Assembly sets to revisit emirate council laws

Kano House of Assembly sets to revisit emirate council laws

The Kano State House of Assembly has agreed to recall the State Emirate Council law 2019 and Kano State Emirate amendment law 2023 for amendment.

This decision was made during a plenary session where the majority leader of the house, Alhaji Lawan Hussaini Chediyar ƴan Gurasa, moved a motion seeking approval from lawmakers to call for the laws’ amendment.

The assembly member representing Dawakin Kudu Constituency, Shu’aibu Rabi’u, seconded this motion.

In Hussaini’s words on the floor of the House, “I hereby rise to seek the permission of this great house to allow me call the Kano State Emirate Council Law of 2019 along with the Kano Emirate Council Law Amendment of 2023 for an amendment,” Hussaini said.

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Speaker Falgore granted his request and adjourned the plenary session.

After splitting the emirate, the former governor also dethroned Emir Sanusi Muhammad II appointed by his predecessor, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.

Background on the Emirate Council Laws

The Emirate Council laws were first amended in 2019 amidst tensions between Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Emir Muhammadu Sanusi. The initial amendment led to the fragmentation of the Kano Emirate into five distinct emirates – Rano, Karaye, Gaya, and Bichi – resulting in the deposition of Emir Sanusi.

Recent Political Developments

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf’s electoral victory has revived efforts to reinstate Emir Sanusi. Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, leader of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), indicated that there would be a review of the emirates issue following Governor Yusuf’s assumption of office.

Kwankwaso is the political mentor of the present governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, and citizens believe the governor is doing the bidding of his godfather.

Implications and Tensions

The potential amendment of the Emir Appointment Law signifies a significant political development in Kano State with implications for the traditional emirate system and leadership structure within the region. The situation remains tense due to historical power struggles and differing perspectives on how traditional institutions should be managed.

Revisiting Traditional Institutions

There is ongoing debate about whether state resources should have been used to create new emirates and manipulate traditional systems. Some argue that using legislation to regulate traditional institutions may not align with democratic principles and could lead to further instability.

Potential Reinstatement of Emir Sanusi

With Governor Yusuf’s victory and promises to restore the traditional Kano Emirate system, there is speculation about whether Emir Sanusi could be reinstated given the changing political landscape in Kano State.

On the whole, the decision by the Kano State House of Assembly to revisit the Emirate Council laws reflects ongoing political dynamics in Kano State surrounding traditional institutions and leadership structures. The potential amendments could have far-reaching implications for governance and stability in the state.

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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