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Emir Sanusi Set to Return to Throne as Kano Assembly Repeals Ganduje-Era Law

Emir Sanusi Set to Return to Throne as Kano Assembly Repeals Ganduje-Era Law

By Matthew Eloyi

Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, the 14th Emir of Kano, who was dethroned in 2020 after falling out with ex-Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, may soon reclaim his position following recent legislative changes.

The Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Law, enacted in 2019 by the Ganduje administration to create four additional emirates—Rano, Karaye, Gaya, and Bichi—was repealed by the Kano House of Assembly on Thursday. The repeal abolishes these emirates and the changes introduced under Ganduje’s administration.

A copy of the repealed bill, obtained by newsmen, states: “All offices created in the newly created five Emirates under the repealed principal law, dated 5th December, 2019, are hereby abrogated. All appointments made under the said repealed Principal Law dated 5th December, 2019, are hereby set aside.”

Sources said Governor Abba Yusuf is expected to sign the bill into law on Thursday, although as of the time of filing this report, the governor had not yet done so.

“Emir Sanusi is currently preparing for his return to the throne. Although he is not in town at the moment, we are expecting his return on Friday,” a source was quoted in a report.

Sanusi is reportedly in Lagos, preparing for an elegant return. Meanwhile, Emir Aminu Ado Bayero, who succeeded Sanusi, is currently out of town. Bayero, along with his aides and chiefs, visited Oba Sikiru Adetona, Awujale of Ijebuland, in Ijebu-Ode to celebrate the traditional ruler’s 90th birthday and 64th year on the throne.

Bayero remarked, “Awujale is someone who has been at par with my forefathers for 64 years and I am privileged to still have people like him around at 90. He is a real gem who is a close associate of my late father’s and that is why I call him my Father as well. So coming here to greet him and get his blessings is something I will appreciate till the end of time. It is a good experience for me.”

Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, Emir of Bichi and younger brother of the Kano Emir, is also out of Kano, reportedly having flown abroad. The whereabouts of the Emirs of Rano, Karaye, and Gaya remain unknown at the time of filing this report.

In a chat with journalists on Thursday, Majority Leader of the Kano House of Assembly, Lawal Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, who sponsored the bill, said, “This bill in its entirety has abrogated the establishment of 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. That’s what the bill is now all about, and there was a plan to create an additional second-class Emir after this.”

He continued, “This means that the remaining five emirs are no longer in existence. There is no Emir now in Kano. It is now the decision of the governor to appoint a new emir. The bill has empowered the governor to invite the kingmakers to nominate a new king. So, we are now waiting for the governor to assent to the bill if he wishes and invite the kingmakers to give him a new king.

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