Governor Ganduje of Kano State says he decided to create four new emirates in the state in order to take it to the next level.
The Kano State House of Assembly on Wednesday initiated and passed a bill splitting Kano Emirate into five emirates.
Mr. Ganduje signed the bill into law on the same day.
There are also indications that on Friday, Ganduje appointed the cousin of Emir Lamido Sanusi and son of immediate past Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, as the Emir of Bichi, one of the four emirates newly created.
The new Bichi Emir was the one that lost the battle for the succession of his father to Sanusi after the death of his father who was said to have chosen him as his successor.
According to our sources in Kano, the city has been very unexpectedly peaceful even on a Friday after the Muslim worship unlike the speculation of war and threat of crises heard other parts of the country.
The sources also confirmed that the major move to seal Sanusi’s father was the creation of the law by the state assembly which was accented to by Ganduje the same day the House passed it.
‘For now, there is no resistance from any quarters or interest groups defending Emir Sanusi or resisting the move as even the monarch is out of the country and Ganduje also out of the state.
We were told that Emir Sanusi’s overseas trip seems to suggest his scant regard or interest in pursuing any matters with the governor over the suspected deliberate balkanization of the Kano Emirate to get at the monarch who has been vocal against what he considers government’s negative policies.
Many believe Mr Ganduje created the new emirates in order to reduce the power and influence of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, over political differences.
However, speaking to State House correspondents Mr Ganduje said people condemning the decision “are entitled to their own opinion but we are taking Kano to the next level and we need the active participation of the traditional system, especially in the areas of education, security, agriculture”.
The conversation was on the sidelines of the ongoing Progressive Governors Forum Award Ceremony holding at the State House conference centre, Abuja.
He said the emirate was balkanised because Kano State “needs the effectiveness of the traditional rulers.
“By decentralising it, we are following history. Years back even before the 800 years you are referring to, the situation was not that.
“So if something developed 800 years ago, things are also developing now and there will be another 800 years. So look at the history.
“So, it is not vendetta, I am not against him. In fact, he is supposed to be reporting to the local government chairman according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“It is the local government chairman that is supposed to discuss issues with him, not the governor,” he said.
Mr. Ganduje also said the people of Kano are celebrating the decision, adding “we will make sure that the new emirate councils are effective in terms of developing Kano State”.
SOURCE; PREMIUM TIMES
With additional reports by us, the ACMC