Earlier this week, Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State had signed a bill into law, for the creation of 4 new Emirates in the state, with the new Emirs recognised as first-class rulers.
The development will see Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II lose control of the 44 LGAs in the state, and will only lead 8 of them.
People have seen the development as political, a move by the governor to reduce the Emir’s influence in the state. The bill was passed in two days and was signed into law by Governor Ganduje on the same day, fuelling more rumours of a political undertone.
Sanusi has been very vocal about issues in the state as well as the country, criticising leaders, especially Northern leaders when he feels they’ve done wrong.
On Friday, PDP members in the Kano State House of Assembly said they’ve obtained a court order restraining the state government from installing the new emirs.
The lawmakers said the House was officially on recess and was not properly convened before the law was hurriedly passed on Wednesday.
Reacting to the development, the emir’s son Adam had said “situations like these should be left to those with the experience and knowledge to handle them,” calling on everyone involved to “try not to insult anyone when you speak your opinions, try not to make rash decisions without fully understanding the situation.”
See his post on Instagram below:
I have received a lot of messages regarding the current situation which I’m sure a lot of you are aware of. It is my personal belief that situations like these should be left to those with the experience and knowledge to handle them. I am not an expert in politics or personal relations, in all honesty I thank those of you that support my dad but try not to insult anyone when you speak your opinions, try not to make rash decisions without fully understanding the situation. Do not hate anyone because they favour the other as they may not fully comprehend what is happening. Let us be fair, let us work hard at our own lives and pray Allah handles the rest. Between the Emir and the Governor whoever is right, we pray succeeds, my father speaks what is on his mind when he believes he should, I do not believe he is wrong for this. If he is dethroned/ reduced in status then I still wish that for my people, you get a right and just leader like him. If he is increased I still wish that he continues to be just. May Allah give us the best of outcomes for our people. Ameen.