Supporters of Kano State Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf have urged him to reconsider the statute that divided the former Kano Emirate into five emirates in order to reinstate the deposed 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi.
In March 2020, Emir Sanusi was dethroned by the state’s immediate previous governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and exiled to Loko and Awe in Nasarawa State.
His exile, however, was pronounced illegal and unconstitutional by the Federal High Court in Abuja, after which he was free to travel.
However, supporters who flocked to the governor’s victory at the Supreme Court on Sunday reiterated their request with shouts of “New Governor, New Emir,” a phrase that has become synonymous with the call for the return of the deposed emir.
Furthermore, since Governor Yusuf’s Supreme Court victory, similar appeals have emerged on other posts across social media platforms, according to Daily Trust.
Remember that in June last year, just after Governor Yusuf’s inauguration, the governor stated that his government had yet to make a judgement on the status of the new emirates established by his predecessor, despite reports to the contrary.
The governor’s reaction followed news that the administration had finalised plans to fire all freshly appointed emirs and reinstate the deposed emir as the state’s sole first-class traditional ruler.
Sources acquainted with the matter also told our correspondent that the topic is gaining traction, and that a bill to reverse the creation of additional emirates will be introduced soon in the state parliament.
When questioned about the matter, Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the governor’s spokesman, stated, “There have been these types of clamour right from our campaign days; it’s not a new thing in Kano.”
“Government decisions are made through an administrative system.” At the time, I have no idea whether the Kano Emirates Law will be changed, and I am not authorised to remark on the subject. “Only time will tell,” he says.