Battle Over Who Controls Kano Emirate Continues

By Sunday Etuka, Abuja

Kano is currently in a state of turmoil following the battle between the recently reinstated Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II, and the dethroned Emir, HRH Dr. Ado Bayero.

The battle is over who controls the Kano Emirate, following the Kano State Emirs Appointment and Deposition Law that was recently repealed by the House of Assembly.

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The old law allowed the creation of four additional Emirates on December 5, 2019 as assented to by the ex-Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, and later dethroned Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, the 14th Emir of Kano.

Following this development, Aminu Ado-Bayero, was appointed as the 15th Emir to replace Sanusi, who was dethroned by the ex-Governor Ganduje.

However, the new law which was signed by the current Governor of Kano State, Abba Yusuf, abrogated the establishment of 5 Emirates in the state, and reverted to the former status of a Single Emir in Kano which was inherited since the Jihad of Shehu Usman Dan Fodio.

Following the provisions of the law, Governor, Abba Yusuf reappointed and reinstated Sanusi as the 16th Emir of Kano.

According to the Governor, the reappointment of Sanusi marked a significant milestone in the history of the state, as it ushered in the unification of Kanawa under one umbrella of the prestigious Kano Emirate.

However, this decision was met with stiff opposition from some persons alleged to be Ado Bayero’s loyalists.

Initially, it was alleged that the former governor, Ganduje was working with the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, but that was cleared by the office in a statement on Saturday.

A statement by the Spokesman, Zakari Mijinyawa, refuted the claim, stating that the NSA did not arrange for two aircrafts to transport Dr. Ado-Bayero and his followers back to the city at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.

He said, “I read the comments on social media, it is untrue. The NSA did not provide air transport to anyone to Kano.

“Political actors should desist from misinforming the public as law enforcement officials in the state strive to maintain peace and order,”

Also the report that the Governor, Abba Yusuf ordered the arrest of the former Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, for creating tension in the state was also refuted.

However, Ado Bayero is currently at the Gidan Nasarawa Palace, while Sanusi II has taken over the Gidan Rumfa Palace. The two palaces are now under heavy security cover.

There have been several attempts made for the deposed Emir Ado Bayero to move to the Gidan Rumfa Palace, but all failed because of the Governor.

Nevertheless, the Security Chiefs in Kano have met with HRH Ado Bayero, HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II and Governor Abba Yusuf to find a common ground.

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