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Sanusi returns to Kano emir throne after 4yrs exile

By Abubakar Zaharadden Kano.

The Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, has reappointed Muhammadu Sanusi as Emir of Kano, hours after the State House of Assembly amended the emirate law and sacked four emirs.

The reinstatement of Sanusi came barely four years after he was dethroned and banished by the immediate former state governor and national chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Ganduje.

Yusuf announced Sanusi’s reinstatement on Thursday at the government house after signing the Kano Emirate law which was amended by the lawmakers less than 12 hours earlier into law.

“After signing the new Kano emirate council law at Government House, Kano, today. I hereby announce the reinstatement of HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano State after obtaining the full support of the kingmakers”, he said.

The governor, meanwhile, has issued a 48 hours notice to the dethroned monarchs to vacate their palace and residents within the next 48 hours.

Yusuf added that the sacked monarchs should hand over to the Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs within two days

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Under the previous law, Ganduje had created the emirates of Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano in December 2019.

The former governor had also dethroned Sanusi II after a long-running dispute in March 2020.

Earlier on Thursday, the state assembly had passed the repeal into law during plenary .

The Deputy Speaker, Muhammad Butu, explained that repealing the law would revive the lost glory of Kano as the division of Kano emirate to five reduced the capacity and dignity of the state at the national level.

“This bill in its entirety has abrogated the establishment of the five new Emirates in the state and reverted to the former status of a single Emir in Kano which we inherited since the Jihad of Shehu Usman Dan Fodio,” said Majority Leader Lawal Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa after the repeal was passed on Thursday.

“The abolished Emirates did nothing but create division among the indigenes of Kano. The unity which was visible for thousands of years in Kano was divided. We are now reverting to our old historical background; one Kano, one people, one Emir,” Yan Gurasa stated

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