Atiku Knocks FG For Deploying Soldiers To Kano

By Sunday Etuka, Abuja

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Former Nigerian Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubabar has lambasted the Federal Government for Deploying soldiers to Kano State over the ongoing tussle for the throne of the ancient city.

Alhaji Atiku who posted this on his X handle on Saturday, stated that the action was an upset to the peace and security of the state and also in breach of the 1999 Constitution as Amended.

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He explained that in performing their constitutional duties of law-making, the Kano State House of Assembly (KSHA) passed the amended Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 in consonance with the provision of Section 4 of the 1999 Constitution as Amended, whereas the Governor of Kano State, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf subsequently signed the bill into law.

The law, therefore, repealed the 2019 version, which balkanised the ancient Kano Emirate into five.

The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general election maintained that the foregoing circumstances happened within the confines of the law and in compliance with the powers conferred on the Governor as provided by Section 5(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

He stated that in consultation with the Kingmakers of Kano, the Governor reappointed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (also known as Muhammadu Sanusi II) as the 16th Emir of Kano State and accordingly handed him a letter of appointment.

Atiku said, “it is surprising that in the early hours of today, at or about 5:30 am, the former Emir of Kano, His Majesty Aminu Ado Bayero, backed by Federal might, made their way into the Nasarawa Palace of the Kano Emirate while the reappointed Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II was at the Gidan Dabo, which is the main residence of the Emir of Kano.

“We need to remind the Tinubu administration that Kano State is known for peace and harmony spanning thousands of years, and any attempt to destabilise the peace of the Land of Commerce shall be resisted.

“Recall that when Muhammadu Sanusi II was dethroned on 9th March 2020, Kano forged on in peace without any fracas”, he noted.

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