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Kano Assembly stalls Ganduje’s bill to elevate Emir Bayero, return Dan Agundi as Kingmaker

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Aminu Bayero and Aminu Dan Agundi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Kano state House of Assembly has postponed deliberations on a bill for the amendment of the 2019 Kano Emirate Council law.

Kano Focus reports that the Assembly had earlier planned to tackle the bill on Monday but decided to go on Sallah Break till August 24.

Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje had on Wednesday sought the Assembly’s permission to make the Emir of Kano permanent chairman of the state Emirate council thereby elevating his rank above the remaining four first class emirs.

The bill also seeks to include the holder of the newly created Sarkin Dawaki Babba title among the Kingmakers of the Kano Emirate.

Exiled Kano emirs and their privileges

Emir of Kano gets new appointment

Emir Bayero reverses father, returns Dan Agundi to Emirate Council

It could be recalled that the Kano Emirate had appointed Aminu Babba Dan Agundi to the new position after a Supreme Court verdict upheld the decision of late Emir Ado Bayero to depose him as Kingmaker and Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta 17 years ago.

Plot to sabotage new emirates

The decision to reinstate Mr Dan Agundi has been characterized by analysts as a means to downgrade the four first class emirates created by the Ganduje administration, a charge that the government has denied.

Professor of History, Dahiru Yahaya told Kano Focus that Mr Dan Agundi’s re-appointment to the Kano Emirate Council is a threat to the sustainability of the four new emirates created by the Kano state governor.

Mr Yahya said Mr Dan Agundi will use his position to help the Kano emir in bringing down the four newly created emirates of Bichi, Rano, Gaya, and Karaye.

“Reappointing him is like digging a hole for the other emirates, because he is a powerful man –  if he returns to the Kano emirate he will collaborate with the Emir of Kano and destroy the other four emirates.” He said.

The historian observed that even though the emir has the power to re-appoint any deposed title holder, reappointing Dan Agundi was the highest form of disregard to the rule of law and the traditional institution.

 “Going by the Supreme Court’s judgment that the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, was right to remove Sarkin Dawaki, it means what Sarkin Dawaki did was wrong, and if he was wrong, why should the emir now turban a wrongdoer?

“What I am saying, in essence, is that it is not right to turban somebody who was said to be wrong by the Supreme Court, even if you are giving him another title, it’s wrong and shameful.” He said.

Baseless claim

However, Special Adviser to Kano state governor on council of emirs Tijjani Mailafiya Sanka said reinstating Mr Dan-Agundi will not pose any threat to the existence of the other four emirates.

“Aminu Babba will not cooperate with the Kano emirate to bring down other emirates rather he will help the emirate in bringing cordial relation among them.

“As the Emir of Kano will permanently chair the Council of Emirs, he will not do anything to sabotage the other emirates being the pioneer Emir of one of the new emirates.” Mr Sanka said.

He also debunked claims that it is against Kano tradition to re-appoint deposed title holders.

“Emir of Kano Alu deposed his young brother Galadima Mahmudu, and Emir Usman re-appointed him as Magajin Gari.

“Also Wamban Kano Abubakar was removed from his position and Emir Ado Bayero returned him as Dan Buran after he repented”

Sarkin Dawaki admitted his wrongdoing to the Emir and repented, that’s why he is set to be returned by the Emir.”

Mr Sanka also denied that Governor Ganduje might have forced Emir Aminu Bayero to reverse his late father’s decision.

“If the governor was the one who forced the Emir   to return him, why are we still waiting for his approval?

“He has no hand in this and I tell you all these are baseless rumors.” Mr Sanka said.

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Sheikh Mahy Niasse denies urging Emir Sanusi to step down

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

The Supreme leader of the Tijjaniyya Ibrahimiyya Sect, Sheikh Muhammad Mahi Niasse, has debunked a letter making the round that he appealed to the Reinstated Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II to step down and follow his grandfather’s footsteps.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was just as the organisation said: “This is the second time these kinds of letters have been forged against our Global Tijjaniyya leader; the same things were done during the previous administration of Umar Ganduje, but this time around, anybody who is behind it will have himself to blame.”

However, in a counter letter written in Arabic and translated to Hausa, signed by the Commissioner of Religious Matters of Kano State and who also doubled as the Nigeria spokesperson of the Global Tijjaniyya Leader, Sani Auwalu Ahmad Tijjani, the purported letter asking Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II to step down is a forged one and does not emanate from their leader.

The letter reads: In fact, the purported letter touches on the integrity of our leader, who sees Muhammadu Sanusi II as his disciple in Nigeria and a person of humble background with sound religious character.”.

He said, “We have given those behind the purported letter to, within 24 hours, show themselves and explain from where it’s emanated and to whom it was sent; otherwise, we will not hesitate in taking legal action against them.”

He said already that security has been detailed on the matter, and anybody who is behind it will soon face the full wrath of the laws, “because we ask him to be arrested and prosecuted duly.”

Tijjani stated that they will not allow the continued destruction of the names of their religious leader and will always link him to things that he has never written.

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NUP presents Gov Yusuf with Outstanding Governor of the Year award

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….Acknowledged him as the “Most friendly Governor for pensioners

The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners has bestowed upon the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, the title of the most pensioner-friendly Governor of the year.

This was contained in a statement issued by governor’s spokesperson Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.

In presenting the accolade to the Governor, the national chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Mazi Godwin Ikechuku Abumisi, expressed that it was incumbent upon the union to acknowledge the Governor due to his steadfast dedication to the welfare of pensioners in the state.

“Your Excellency, you shine brightly as a beacon of support to our members.

“Over the past year, you have authorized and disbursed eleven billion naira to clear the backlog of pension gratuity payments.

“This milestone is unparalleled; no other governor has accomplished such a feat within a single year since the restoration of democracy in Nigeria.”

In their messages of goodwill earlier, the state chairmen of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Kano expressed gratitude to the Governor for his unwavering commitment to addressing the pension liabilities amounting to N43 billion left by the previous administration.

Responding to the honor, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf reiterated his unwavering dedication to supporting pensioners by the settlement of their gratuities and the timely disbursement of monthly pension allowances.

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Kano emirate tussle: Police ban Sallah durbar

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

The Kano State Police Command has prohibited the planned Durbar celebrations by both dethroned Emir Aminu Ado Bayero and reinstated Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Durbar, a traditional ceremony typically held a day after Sallah, involves the Emir riding on horseback through major areas of Kano city.

Despite both Emirs having made preparations and requested security permission from the state police command, the police have denied their requests due to potential security concerns.

The Kano State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Kiyawa, confirmed the ban in a statement issued on Thursday.

The statement, titled “Ban on Durbar Activities and Other Security Restraints During Sallah Festivities,” emphasized that the police command has issued security advisories to residents in preparation for the forthcoming Sallah celebrations.

The police decision aims to prevent any potential conflicts or security breaches that could arise from the ongoing emirship dispute.

The Kano State Police Command congratulates Muslim faithful and all law-abiding residents of the State for witnessing yet another Eid-El-Kabir Sallah period and assures that adequate security deployments have been put in place to ensure no breakdown of law and order in all parts of the State before, during and after the festive period.

SP Kiyawa added “This is part of the commitment to sustenance of the peace by the Kano State Police Command in conjunction with all the relevant security stakeholders.

He state that “in furtherance, a ban has been placed on ALL DURBAR activities throughout the State for the upcoming Eid-El-Kabir celebrations”.

This measure is taken as a result of series security reports obtained and wide consultations made with relevant security stakeholders to ensure the safety of the larger community.

However, worshippers are advised to conduct their normal Eid Prayers at the various designated Eid praying grounds, traditionally done in the past.

On a final note, the Command encourages continued collaboration and cooperation from all stakeholders to collectively work together to build a safer and more secure environment.

The Command also urges everyone to keep reporting any suspicious movement of person(s) or item(s) they come across to the nearest Police Station or through the following Kano State Police Command emergency contact numbers:- 08032419754, 08123821575, 09029292926.

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