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Why we support New Kano Emirates

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Usman Suleiman Sarki Madobi

Creation of new Emirates is not a new phenomenon in the history of Nigeria specifically in this democratic dispensation.

Emirates played and continue to play important roles in facilitating human-capital, infrastructural, socio-economic and educational developments in their respective Emirates.

In addition to development, Emirates give their people unique identity, attachment and a sense of belonging that makes them share their feelings in times of joy and sorrows.

Emirates in our society are symbols of unity and strength that give people opportunities to decide and determine what they want and how to approach pressing issues that need urgent attentions of all.

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Wherever there are multiple Emirates they tend to stimulate collaboration and cooperation to design what they want to achieve or face government or organizations with a common resolution on matters that affect their people to find lasting solution or deal with common problems.

Jigawa as a role model

Before the creation of Jigawa state there were multiple Emirates in Kano state which continue to develop and coexist with Kano Emirate but Kano enjoyed certain privileges that gave it advantages over others.

However, after the creation of Jigawa state the only Emirate that remains for Kano State succeeded in making Kano a single city where development programmes of the State and the Emirate were concentrated in the state capital which is the seat of the Emirate.

If we look at the Emirates carved from Kano that formed the present Jigawa state, each and every Emirate is developing hand-in-hand with the others where cooperation not competition is the cardinal principle in their coexistence.

Jigawa is not as big as Kano but has more prospective towns/cities compared with the big Kano due to the presence of different Emirates.

Hadejia, Gumel, Kazaure and Ringim are all fast developing cities of the state that coexist harmoniously with the Dutse Emirate that happened to be in the state capital.

More emirates; more development

Emirate headquarters play a vital role in bringing people together to discuss their peculiar needs and problems from educational, employment and infrastructural needs and challenges.

If we look at other states such as Bauchi, Yobe, Kebbi, Niger and Kaduna they all have many Emirates in their respective states. Those Emirates never constitute threats to each other or impediments to the state’s development.

The recent creation of four additional Emirates (Bichi, Gaya, Karaye and Rano) is a welcome development which the people of these Emirates embraced with joy and happiness because they were brought closer to their Emirates to have direct access to their Emirs and have their listening ears at any time they wanted.

Recently, the former Governor of Kaduna State Ahmed Muhammad Makarfi created additional Emirates that led to the fragmentation of the big Emirates in the state, but instead of resisting the government, the people of the big Emirate displayed maturity of the highest order by accepting it as a development without challenging the constitutional powers of the state House of Assembly to validly make laws for the state within the territorial boundaries of the state and that of the Governor to execute the law.

Why only in Kano?

However, instead of accepting the governments’ decision of creating the new Emirates with good faith some VERY FEW people of the Kano Emirate instigated a legal action challenging the constitutional powers of the Kano State House of Assembly to make laws within its legislative competence and the Governor to execute same within his executive powers vested in him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

Creation of additional Emirates has never constituted a threat to the development and well-being of people in other states of the federation why only in Kano such fears were expressed where it does not exist?

Now I came to appreciate the wisdom of former CJN Justice Dahiru Musdherper who mandated lawyers and judges to undertake extensive sociological courses in order to understand how the society works in promoting peaceful coexistence in the society more especially in a typical homogenous society like ours.

In view of this, we the Concerned People of the four New Emirates are solidly behind the Government and support our Emirs who always give us unrestricted access and listening ears without prolonged protocols and we urge the government to take the matter up for the continuous existence and sustenance of these new Emirates.

I finally pray that the Almighty Allah will continue to guide, protect and support the current administration under the able leadership of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his Deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna.

Usman Madobi is the chairman New Emirates Support Forum (NESF), Kano State

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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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