The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, has warned that unless the people of the North change their culture, they will continue to be backward and poor.
The emir, according to a report culled by NobleReporters, made the comment in Gusau, Zamfara State, on Friday while presenting a paper.
Sanusi was represented at the event by Dr Usman Bugaji.
According to the emir, the culture of marrying more than one wife by those who cannot even properly take care of one wife and producing many children was the main reason why the Northern region would continue to remain backward and poor.
He said, “There are people who cannot afford to feed one wife but are ready to marry three wives and have more children than they cannot feed, talk less of paying for their school fees.
“The poverty level of the North is 80 per cent; while in the South, the percentage is 20 per cent simply because of the culture of marrying many wives and producing many children who at the end are left on the streets to beg for what to eat.
“The issues we have today such as drug abuse, Boko Haram, banditry and unemployment would be nothing compared to what we will be dealing with in the next 20 or 30.”
Former Kano state governor and former Senator representing Kano central senatorial district, Engineer Rabiú Musa Kwankwaso have revealed that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his allies will definitely regret at the end of their second tenure.
Kwankwaso made this known during a radio programme aired by many local radio stations across the state. According to him, the current Kano state government administration is being run on deception and falsehood which he said will make the governor to regret at the end of his tenure.
“They will definitely regret at the end of their tenure, they will be saying had we know we would have handed over to the winner in 2019,” Kwankwaso said. Ganduje yesterday said his predecessor, Kwankwaso, was planning to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest for presidency come 2023.
Receiving the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi, into the APC, Ganduje said Kwankwaso’s most pressing ambition is to contest for the presidency.
Ganduje, while describing Kwankwaso as a “clueless politician’’, who knew nothing in politics, said his predecessor “does not want any other person to shine”.
“I know Kwankwaso more than any other person. He is the kind of person that knows everything, knows better than any other person and who is self-centered.
Whatever this man asks you to do or to pursue will be for his own benefit, not yours. “I know all his political tricks, deceptiveness and doggedness but I endured him for all the years we were together.
He will never appreciate you for whatever you did to him, be it big or small,” he said. In his remarks, Bichi said their decision to cross carpet to the ruling party APC was unanimously taken in response to Ganduje’s invitation to the opposition to join hands with the government in moving the state forward.
“We believe in Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s genuine commitment in developing the state, that is why we resolved to join hands with him to develop our dear state.
“So we are today answering the call of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
The infrastructural development we are seeing all over the state and other human-centered policies like free and compulsory primary and secondary education are some of the major reasons that informed our decision to honour the invitation,” he added.
Junaid Mohammed, a second republic lawmaker, says Muhammadu Sanusi II, emir of Kano, lobbied for the position of vice-president when President Muhammadu Buhari was hospitalised in London.
Osinbajo presided over the country when Buhari treated an undisclosed ailment in London in 2017.
Speaking with TheInterview, Mohammed said the emir asked Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to consider him for the nation’s number two position in the event that the president dies.
The former lawmaker also alleged that Sanusi met with some south-west leaders to canvass support for a presidential candidate aside Buhari.
“Once Buhari was sick, very sick in England, he went to Osinbajo, this current Emir Sanusi; he was sure that Buhari was going to die. And if Buhari dies, he would like Osinbajo to consider him as a vice president, even though on the surface, he belonged to no party,” he said.
SANUSI WANTED TO BE VICE PRESIDENT
“He wanted Osinbajo to consider him as vice president! Now, anybody with any sense of logic, any sanity would not countenance this kind of thing. If for whatever reason, this issue was reported to Buhari, if Buhari were another leader, he would have got rid of him in a jiffy.
“I know for a fact, and I am glad there people involved who will now confirm. The Emir of Kano, when he was governor of Central Bank went to see my friend Bola Tinubu and went to see the current Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu telling them that a certain presidential candidate was actually the choice of Kano and the choice of the north. So, he would want them to support that person.
“The Oba was diplomatic. But Tinubu told him in no uncertain terms that we are supporting Buhari; not because we like his face. We are supporting Buhari because, consistently, he has scored 12 million votes since he came into politics in 2002.
“This is not the first time. I am now 70 years old. I am older than the Emir of Kano, who I have known since childhood. And I knew his father and mother.”
On the crisis between Sanusi and Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, Mohammed said there is no need to set up a committee to reconcile the duo.
TheCable had reported how Ganduje launched moves to remove the emir, who was reported to have opposed his reelection bid.
The governor broke the emirates into five shortly after the report, stripping Sanusi of the control of 34 local government areas of the state.
NOTHING WRONG IN REDUCING SANUSI’S POWERS
Commenting on the action of the governor, Mohammed said: ‘Now you are telling me that if the emir of Kano is somehow muzzled or his power is reduced or his presence on the national stage or his reckless political statements are curbed, Kano will not be the same? Or the north will not be the same? So what?
“The emirs are what they are because some people accept the emirate or the institution. I don’t. But even if I were the governor of Kano State, I would not want to demolish the emirate because apparently there are some people who respect the institution. I don’t. But that is another matter completely. But you have to be very careful about warning these emirs to keep away from politics.
“And as far as I am concerned, there is no problem to solve in Kano. If there is a personal quarrel between the governor and the Emir, okay, let them go and sort it out themselves. In trying to get involved in this matter, some people are being deliberately mischievous and they are fighting their own personal fights.
“There was an attempt to reconcile this matter within Kano people. I was in the United Kingdom before Christmas. I traveled with a one time Vice President of this country and we got to discuss this issue.
“The first question he asked is what is the locus of those so called northern elders? Who are they representing? How many of them have ever won elections in their lives? And how many people are from Kano? Of the three people sent to go and have a discussion with Ganduje, none of them is a Kano man.
“In fact, one is a known enemy of Kano State and he has spent the whole of his life abusing and insulting Kano and Kano people. Now you make him among the three people to go and see Ganduje in an issue that, strictly speaking is a Kano issue.
“As far as I am concerned, this issue is not a Federal Government or Buhari issue. It is a Kano issue. And the law that was passed was not a Federal law, which Buhari would have had the responsibility to implement the provisions of that law.
“It was a Kano law. And when the law was quashed on a technicality, they went back and rewrote the law. So what’s the problem? You cannot tell me that because the governor of Kano has taken a decision to split the emirate and create more, the heavens will fall. This is not new, not new in the north, not new in Nigeria.”
When asked for reaction, a palace source told TheCable that Mohammed is a distraction that the emirate would not want to join issues with.
He said the rumour out initially was that the monarch lobbied Osinbajo to make Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano, Osinbajo’s vice-president.
On his part, Laolu Akande, spokesman of the vice-president, said: “I don’t react to speculations; it’s baseless.”
The Supreme Court has affirmed Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the winner of the last governorship election in Sokoto State.
The apex court gave its ruling on Monday after dismissing an appeal filed to challenge Tambuwal’s re-election by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto for lacking in merit.
A seven-man panel of justices of the court led by Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, held that the appellant failed to present any credible evidence to support his petition against the outcome of the governorship election.
The Sokoto State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on Oct. 2, 2019, dismissed the petition against Tambuwal.
But dissatisfied with the tribunal judgment, the APC, through its lead counsel, Dr Alex Iziyon (SAN) appealed the judgment on three grounds of non-compliance with electoral laws, over-voting and other irregularities.
However, Justice Musa Abba-Ajji who delivered the lead judgement on Monday noted that Ahmed Aliyu produced 12 witnesses before the tribunal, 11 made their statements in Hausa language while the English version was tendered in evidence.
The apex court also stated that that the appellant failed to tender the original version of the statements he tendered in evidence and also failed to produce the translator to confirm the authenticity of the 11 statements.
The apex court held that the appellant was unable to prove that the election was invalid by virtue of non-compliance with the Electoral Act.
The apex court also held that he failed to discharge the onus placed on him by the law, and accordingly dismissed the appeal marked SC/1466/19.
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the election of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as the Kano State Governor.
The judgment delivered by a 7-man panel of the apex court was unanimous that Ganduje was duly elected as governor in the February governorship election.
The Supreme Court thus, endorsed the earlier judgment of the Election Tribunal and the Appeal Court which ruled in favour of Ganduje.
Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf had challenged the election of Ganduje and wanted the apex court to declare him winner of the poll.
Justice Sylvester Ngwuta held, in the lead judgment that the appellant failed to provide any cogent reason to warrant the setting aside of the earlier decisions of the lower courts, which upheld Ganduje election.
Where is your hijab? Nigerians on the social media have teased Khadija Yusra, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi’s daughter and called out Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) after a photograph emerged in which she is shown having a handshake with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Kano.
In the photograph, the Emir appears to introduce his beautiful daughter to Osinbajo who was on a visit to Kano on Monday. She wears a simple scarf on her hair and she does not wear the hand socks, common with Muslim ladies, who want to avoid shaking men’s hands.
“Why is the Revered daughter of the GREAT EMIR OF KANO holding so tightly to an ‘infidel?’
On top of that, she’s not wearing hijab to cover that sexy neck of hers. This is unacceptable
MURIC where at thou?”, shoots a Nigerian commenter on the social media platform, Nairaland.
“MURIC the emir’s daughter is not putting on a hijab and she is shaking not just a man but a pastor is it not haram for a woman to shake a man in Islam. There is even sharia law in Kano state o… This is unacceptable”, another Nigerian identified as “Vicdom’, writes with a sting of sarcasm.
“That handshake is golden to her and any ELEHA(one in harem) will go any length to have it”, writes yet another commenter, who shows some empathy to Khadijah.
Khadija in 2018 graduated from the American University of France, with a degree in journalism and creative writing. She also bagged departmental honours in creative writing. Emir Sanusi was at the graduation ceremony.
Khadija is no stranger to some public controversy. In 2015, she blasted blogger Linda Ikeji for publishing her photograph and accused her of violating her privacy.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday brought Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II together when he visited the palace of the Emir.
Osinbajo, who was in Kano State on a one-day working visit was described by Ganduje as a “son of the soil”.
The Vice President was to commission a number of laudable road projects that were completed by the governor. He also laid the foundation stone for the first state-owned Cancer Centre in Nigeria.
On arriving Kano, the Vice President was received by the Governor and other senior members of the Kano State Government.
He then commissioned the interchange connecting Kano to Katsina state. The interchange will solve the problem of traffic jam in the area.
Osinbajo then went on to commission the 2km long Aminu Dantata flyover which cuts across one of the biggest markets in Africa – the Sabon Gari market.
He also laid the foundation of the Shahuci flyover, underpass and tunnel linking the Murtala Mohammed Hospital main building to the Emergency building located in the old Kano city with a 100 years old primary school.
The Vice President then proceeded to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II where he was treated to a rapturous welcome by residents of Kano.
He was accompanied by the governor, whom many media reports had claimed to have fallen out with the emir. “This is an act of God to have Emir of Kano and Governor Ganduje under the same roof, especially in the palace,” said Abdullahi Sani, a resident of Kano.
Shortly after they were received by the Emir, Governor Ganduje declared that the Vice President was a “son of the soil” to the delight of everyone in the palace.
The Emir also showered praises on the Vice President noting that he always visited the palace whenever he was in the state of Kano.
The Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC), Kano State council, has commended Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje for implementing the new minimum wage of N30,600, an amount higher than the nationally-approved wage.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of JNC, Mr Magaji Inuwa, and made available to newsmen in Kano on Wednesday.
“On behalf of the Executive Council members of the Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC), Kano State council, the Chairman, Mr Hashim Saleh, heartily congratulates all workers for Allah’s mercy to see the New Year.
“We also congratulate the workers for enjoying the fulfilled promise of the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, who promptly implemented the new minimum wage of N30,600 which is more than Federal Government’s N30,000,” Inuwa said.
He said the council had never doubted Ganduje’s sincerity to implement the new minimum wage, knowing full well his track record in salary payments without any hitch.
Saleh assured the governor of workers’ readiness to support his administration in their areas of assignment for the overall success of his ‘worker-friendly’ government.
…Calls on other royal fathers to emulate gesture to ensure unity
It was a moment of unity and cultural renaissance as Kaltungo Chiefdom of Gombe State rolled out the festive drum to celebrate the 2019 edition of its cultural day. It was a festival organized to showcase their cultural heritage and to identify with Christians on Christmas day.
Satisfied by the performance of pockets of traditional dances groups from clans within the chiefdom the state governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, disclosed that the annual event usually organized by the chiefdom is more than just an occasion to displays culture, ranging from music, dressing and dances. According to him, this is because the carnival proves the unity, love and togetherness between the people of the chiefdom.
Governor Yahaya, who spoke in Hausa at the event, disclosed that the festival is of great meaning to him because it demonstrates the unity not just among the people in Kaltungo alone but Gombe state in general. Hence he urged the spectators including royal fathers who came from across the country to extend the gesture to the whole of northeastern and Nigeria.
“Am impressed with the way guests from within and outside Gombe State trooped to the event in spite of their schedules and financial conditions,” the governor said, adding that, “if such could be sustained and extended to other parts of the state and the country, Nigeria would witness a turnaround and the government would easily succeed in its peace, unity and developmental strides.”
Speaking earlier the state’s Commissioner for Information and Culture, Ibrahim Alhassan Kwami, assured that the ministry would work with the help of the state government to support and ensure the sustenance of the carnival and other cultural heritages in the state.
While appreciating guests for attending and supporting the 2019 edition of the carnival, the Mai of Kaltungo, Alhaji Sale Muhammed, lauded the state government for the continued support of the annual event, including the last-minute renovation of the Olusegun Obasanjo Stadium the venue of the event in Kaltungo,” he said.
The Mai also disclosed that apart from ensuring unity, the young ones in chiefdom also learn from the annual cultural festival as it helps preserve the cultural heritage of the people for the upcoming generation to see and study.
Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has appealed to Nigerians across the country to give birth to only children they can cater for.
The Kano Monarch who spoke at the opening of the 108th edition of Islamic Vocation Course (IVC) organized by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Zone B, stated that the Almajiri menace that has plagued the northern region of Nigeria is not a religious issue but a social issue that needs urgent attention.
Sanusi also implored male Muslim faithfuls to only marry the number of women they can take care of as there is need to educate every child especially the out-of-school children.
“If we continued this way, about 40 per cent extremely poor people will be in Nigeria. Poverty in the South West is 20 percent, in the North, it is 80 percent, Lagos is 8 per cent and Zamfara, it is 91 per cent.
“We have been talking about Almajiri for over 30 years. Why are people having families they cannot maintain? Why are people marrying wives that they cannot maintain? The condition is that you are able to provide for your family.
“Instead of having many children, why not have the ones you can cater for? These are the fundamental questions we should ask ourselves. Most of these children roaming about the streets will be adult in the next twenty years and they will be the ones recruited as political thugs by the politicians in the next twenty years, if we don’t take good care of them now. This is my own advice that we must look at. These are not religious issues, they are social issues that need to be addressed”.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Wednesday December 25, placed a ban on men and women boarding same tricycle in Kano State.
The Kano State Governor who was represented by Commander-General of Hisbah Board, Harun Ibn-Sina at the closing ceremony of 77th annual Islamic Vacation Course organised by Zone A of Muslim Society of Nigeria held at Bayero University, Kano, said the ban will be enforced from January 2020.
It was further learnt that former governor of Kano, Ibrahim Shekarau introduced commercial tricycles popularly known as ‘A daidaita sahu’ as a means of transportation for women only after banning commercial motorcyclists from conveying women.
However after Shekerau left government, tricycles have been allowed to carry people of both sexes before the recent ban.
The APC Progressive Governors’ Forum has rated Kano State as leading all other states for the third time in the areas of security, infrastructural development, health, education and economy, among other areas.
Mr. Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, disclosed this while addressing a news conference in Kano on Wednesday.
He said the rating was contained in the November 2019 Assessment Report released by All Progressives Congress (APC) progressive governors’ forum signed by its Director General, Salihu Mohammed Lukman.
According to him, for three consecutive months from September, October and November, the state had taken the leading positions with various degrees of improvement from one stage to another.
“The Forum initiates Progressive Strides- Tracking Development Initiatives in APC states as part of strategy to further deepen good governance among all APC states in the country through the promotion of healthy competition among the states.
“Under this methodology, the states are assessed on monthly basis and the assessment cuts across all sectors of government, ranging from health, education, agriculture, housing, transport and environmental sanitation among others.
“In a letter sent to governor Abdullahi Ganduje, that was attached with the full scale report of the assessment, signed by the Director General of the Forum, Salihu Mohammed Lukman, Kano was rated the highest with 22 strides,” he said.
He said some of the indices given for the emergence of Kano state as the highest included, the training of 60 youths on maintenance of heavy duty and articulated vehicles and distribution of eight million mosquito nets to residents.
He said others were the all-important summit on education, the commendation from the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on the state”s free and compulsory primary and secondary school education in addition spending N2.4 billion on 1,180 primary and secondary schools, as part of the free education policy.
He said the forum also listed Kano Hydroelectricity power project which it said was set to address Petroleum consumption and climate change.
“In general, there is an all-round increase in the pattern of initiatives introduced by the states with Kano State recording most of the initiatives for this month with 22 Strides, spreading across empowerment, health, education, infrastructure, security, welfare, economy, environment, capacity building as well as justice and sensitisation,” he said.
According to the assessment, Lagos follows with 20 strides, followed by Jigawa with 17 strides while Gombe appears with 14, Nasarawa and Yobe with 12 each.
Others were Borno, Ogun and Osun with 11 strides each, Katsina follows with 10, Kebbi with nine, Niger and Ondo with eight each, Kwara with seven, Edo, Ekiti and Kaduna with six each While Kogi and Plateau had four strides each.
The report also showed that all states in the forum were represented and featured in this edition of the assessment strides.
“Kano moves with significant improvement from the previous assessment. In October 2019 assessment, the state led all other states with 19 strides. And with 22 strides for November 2019,” he added.
Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has reportedly accepted his appointment as head of Kano State’s Council of Chiefs.
Governor Ganduje’s aide, Salihu Tanko Yakasai a.k.a Dawisu confirmed that the Kano monarch officially accepted his appointment today December 20.
His Highness, the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, has today, officially accepted his appointment by H.E @GovUmarGanduje as the Chairman Kano State Council of Emirs, comprising of all the 5 emirates in the state and other members. Long Live Kano State.
This is coming hours after the Kano monarch was given two days to accept or reject his appointment which came on December 9.
Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has been given two days to accept or reject his appointment as head of Kano state’s council of chiefs by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
In a letter dated December 19 and signed by Musa Bichi, the Permanent Secretary of the Special Duties Ministry on behalf of the Secretary to the State Government, the Kano Monarch was also directed to summon the inaugural meeting of the council in accordance with the provisions of the law.
The letter made available reads;
“By this letter, His Excellency the Executive Governor is requesting His Highness, the Emir of Kano (Sarkin Kano) to indicate his acceptance of otherwise of his appointment as the chairman of Kano State Council of Chiefs as conveyed vide letter no SSG/REPA/S/A/86/T and dated December 9, 2019.
“The acceptance of otherwise should reach His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kano State within two days of the receipt of this letter.
“As you await further directive of His Excellency, the Executive Governor on the matter, it is important to accept the appointment or otherwise.
“Accept the assurance of the Highest esteem and regards of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State.”
Emir Sanusi was served the letter barely 24 hours after Governor Ganduje disclosed that he has received requests to dethrone the Kano Monarch. Sanusi was appointed as head of Kano state council of chiefs on December 9, following Governor Ganduje’s assent to a law that created other emirates which whittled the Emir’s powers.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said he has received a letter from 35 civil society organisations calling for the immediate dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, for disobedience to constituted authority.
In a statement, yesterday, his media aide said the CSOs were concerned that Sanusi is making efforts to create a state within a state.
He did not list the 35 CSOs but said their request was signed by Ibrahim Ali, chairman of the coalition.
The statement did not indicate if the governor would commence the process to dethrone Sanusi and when that would be done.
The letter entitled “Kano State Emirate Council Law, 2019 : Demand Letter” states clearly that, “The coalition of 35 Civil Society Groups under the above mentioned group (UMBRELLA OF KANO CONCERNED CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS) are curiously studying the unfolding events in the running of Kano State affairs especially in recent time, as it relates to the lingering face-off between the Government of Kano State on one hand and the Emir of Kano on the other hand.”
Reminding specifically that, matters that arose from the aftermath of Kano State High Court decision nullifying the Kano State Emirate Council Law, that was enacted by the State House of Assembly, which eventually paved way for the enactment of another Law, creating additional four First Class Emirates, which also empowers the Governor to take disciplinary measures against any erring emir, “…should be effected,” according to the letter.
The letter lamented that, even the “…second litigation was initiated by the so-called Kano State Elders who indulged their group in their understanding that, the Law was aimed at distorting 1000 years of heritage or thereafter of Kano.”
After narrating all the disagreed areas in the letter, the group demands that, “That the action of the Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II of continued undermining the constituted authority of the government of Kano State and its organs, is not only unconstitutional, but is an effort to create a state within a state. Which no responsible leadership will tolerate and allow to remain unabated.”
After dismissing the “Kano Elders” claim in making reference to “1000 years of heritage” the group deems it to say that, that position was diversionary and only an attempt to derail from the reality…that the so-called elders making reference to 1000 years old heritage are completely derailing from the reality.”
An application for an interim order to stop Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State from interfering with the powers of the Kano emirate kingmakers, has been declined by a Kano High Court.
Justice A. T. Badamasi on Tuesday December 17, declined the application to extend the order pending the determination of the substantive suit as filed by the counsel to the kingmakers in suit No K/197/2019.
Tuesday’s judgement which affirmed the powers vested in the Governor under the new ‘Kano State Emirates Council Law 2019′, also gives him the power to dethrone any Emir found violating any of the provisions of the law.
…Ganduje appoints sanusi II as Chairman to demonstrate his sincerity
Kano State government on Monday insisted that the creation of new emirates in the state had come to stay, maintaining that it was part of efforts to reform obsolete laws guiding the existence of the traditional institution.
The government said for a traditional institution to stand the test of time and move in pace with the global world, it has to be fine-tuned and restructured in such a way that it can help in accelerating the development and socio-economic reality of the people.
A press statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, indicated that following the signing into law the bill for the establishment of the new emirates of Bichi, Rano Gaya and Karaye, a bunch of partisan and self-appointed elitist group, Advocate for United Kano, claiming to be speaking on behalf of the people of Kano sprang up.
The statement said that whereas the people of Kano overwhelmingly welcomed the development, the group, which membership is more of opposition, was trying to, at all cost, depict the old heritage as being destroyed.
“From what we have understood, it is a group of people with inclination to the opposition party in the state. They do not represent anyone but themselves and just trying desperately to become relevant in the scheme of things,‘’ the statement adds.
Malam Garba further explained that the establishment of additional emirates in the state was aimed at bringing more development to the people of the new emirates and also the need to bring traditional institutions closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.
He said to demonstrate his sincerity, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje appointed Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II as the new Chairman of the Kano State Council of Chiefs.
Malam Garba explained that there were some policies and programmes on health, security introduced in the state, among them being the recently introduced free and compulsory education at basic and secondary levels that will require the active participation of the community especially the traditional institution which has now been decentralized for effective implementation and coordination.
He urged the people in the state to remain calm, law-abiding and resist any temptation by some group of people to plunge the state to undue tension.
Barely weeks after a Kano State High Court invalidated the four new emirate councils in Kano, the state government has initiated a fresh bill to the Assembly for the establishment of the nullified emirates.
A statement signed by Mohammed Garba, the state Commissioner for Information said that the decision to return the bill to the Assembly was approved by the State Executive Council on Sunday night, adding that the Council had endorsed the need for the creation of the new emirates of Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye.
The statement maintained that the Council seriously discussed the decade- long clamour for the establishment of the emirates with a view to bringing more development to the people of the new emirates.
The statement observed that the Council took cognizance of the fact that some of the emirates pre-dated Kano in ancient times, while the efforts to revive them during the Second Republic was short-lived.
It added that the decision to initiate the bill was also informed by the need to bring the traditional institution closer to the people in addition to hastening the speed of socio-economic development as well as the security of the state.
According to the statement, the introduction of the free and compulsory education at basic and secondary levels requires the active participation of the community especially the traditional institutions for its successful implementation.
The statement stressed that the Emirate Council Bill 2019 was amended in the public interest following a Kano High Court action that nullified the law on the ground that the petition was presented to the Assembly by a private person and not a member of the House.
The Council, according to statement, called on the state Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the bill in the interest of the public.
Recall that a Kano High Court, presided by Justice Usman Nabba, had nullified the new emirates and consequently restrained the governor, the House of Assembly, their servants, agents and proxies from giving effect to or from continuing to give effect to the (Appointment and Deposition Law) 2019.
In its judgement, the court held that the purported proceedings or discussions taken by the Kano State House of Assembly in respect of the law violated its own rule adding that the legislators failed to comply with Order II, Rule 3 of Kano State House of Assembly.
The Emir of Bade, Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman II , says he will continue to support sports development in Nigeria until his last breath; just as he assured members of SWAN of his commitment to the Association.
These positions according to him stemmed from the fact that sports remain a unifying factor across the world; and need the support of sports journalists to effectively manifest its potentials. Suleiman, who is also the Deputy Chairman of Yobe Council of Chiefs, stated this while hosting President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo who Monarch pledges timeless support for sport T HE Emir of Bade, Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman II , says he will continue to led a delegation of members of the Association on a courtesy visit to his Palace in Gashua, Yobe State.
The monarch underlined the role of SWAN in the development of sports emphasizing that: “you are the people that showcase to the world whatever is happening in the sporting world; your role in sports development is therefore very crucial and cannot be wished away.” While calling on the SWAN President to carry everyone along, the veteran badminton, tennis and football player whose fraternity with SWAN dates over a decade stressed the need for members to work as a team for the Association to forge ahead. Earlier, Sirawoo described the Emir as one of the most influential voices in Nigeria, saying coming to the monarch’s palace was part of his agenda to strengthen state chapters by creating a stronger relationship between sports Administrators and SWAN. Sirawoo who further disclosed that he was in the Palace to thank the Emir for his numerous interventions to strengthen SWAN, said the Association was proud to identify with him due to his humility, love, and passion for sports despite his royal duties.
The Kano State Government, on Friday, denied allegations that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, is planning to dethrone the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II.
Earlier, a Kano group, Renaissance Coalition, in a press statement, signed by its spokesman, Ibrahim A. Waiya, which was made available to The Nation, alleged that plans were under way by the Kano State Government to transfer the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II to Bichi Emirate.
According to the statement, if the monarch resists the move, he would be dethroned.
However, the statement cautioned Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje against, the plot, which is capable of destabilizing the peace and stability being enjoyed in the state.
The group, in the statement, threatened that if the governor goes ahead, with its plan, it would have no option than to compel the Federal Government to declare a state of Emergency in Kano.
When contacted, Governor Abdullahu Umar Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Auwal, dismissed as false, allegations that the State Government was planning to depose the Emir, insisting that there was no such plan.