Governor Ganduje Appoints Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as New Emir of Kano

Governor Ganduje Appointment of Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as New Emir of Kano

The state governor, through the secretary to the state government, said he had approved the appointment of Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, as the 15th Emir of Kano in the ruling Fulani dynasty.

The SSG, Usman Alhaji,  at the press conference, said  “I have been directed by His Excellency, Governor  Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, following the resolution of the state executive council and recommendation by Kano kingmakers to announce the appointment of Alhaj Aminu Ado Bayero as the new Emir of Kano.

“In my capacity as the secretary to the state government,  I have been directed based on Sections 11 Subsection 1 of Kano State Emirate Council law 2019 to announce the appointment of Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, the former Emir of Bichi as the 15th Emir of Kano in the ruling Fulani dynasty.”

He said the appointment of the new emir followed the recommendation received by   Ganduje from the kingmakers.

Security operatives seal palace after Sanusi’s removal

Shortly after Sanusi was deposed, more policemen led by the state Commissioner of Police,  Habu Sani, joined the security agents who had earlier been deployed in the Emir’s palace.

Some members of the public, who already converged on the premises were dispersed by the police.

Some members of the emirate council, who wanted to visit Sanusi after his removal were not allowed to enter the palace.

Apart from the Emir’s palace, security was also beefed up at the   Government House, Kano, and some strategic places in the ancient city.

It was observed that visitors to the Government House were being subjected to thorough checks as part measures to prevent all unwanted visitors from gaining access.

There were heavily armed security personnel in places such as  Kofar Nassarawa and Kofar Dan’agundi as well as other volatile areas within the metropolis.

Governor Ganduje Appointment of Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as New Emir of Kano

Embattled Emir banished to Nasarawa State

Amidst tight security, the dethroned Emir was driven out of the palace in a black Jeep with no registration number at 5:36pm to the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport from where he was taken to Nasarawa State, where he had been banished to.

A source, who confided in The PUNCH, said, “He (Sanusi) cannot stay in Kano. We cannot have two kings in a city. Recall that Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki was banished to Kaduna when he was removed by the late General Sani  Abacha.”

Coincidentally, the deposed emir’s grandfather Muhammadu Sanusi I, who ascended the throne in 1953 was deposed in 1963 by then Premier of the Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello.

Sanusi was selected to succeed his granduncle, Ado Bayero, as the Emir of Kano on June 8, 2014

Since his ascension to the throne, Sanusi, who is a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has been an advocate of reforms in the largely conservative North.

Besides condemning the Almajiri system, he has been critical of the northern elite. Recently in Kaduna, he warned that the North was destroying itself by not embracing education.

The crisis between him and the Kano State government worsened last year when the state anti-graft agency probed him for corruption.

The state government also created four new emirates out of the Kano Emirate, an action, analysts said was aimed at diminishing Sanusi’s influence.

Kano calm

The entire city remained calm despite the removal of the emir as of the time of filing this report as people were still going about with their business while business premises continued to operate without hindrance.

Some of the major markets in the city also opened,   although many traders had closed their shops in anticipation of what had happened.

Many residents said they expected the removal of the Emir due to the recent happenings involving him,  the state anti-corruption commission and the state governor over the alleged misappropriation of N3.4bn  and of recent the alleged land racketeering amounting to over N2.2bn.

Free-for-all at Kano assembly over Sanusi probe

Earlier on Monday,  there was pandemonium at the state House of Assembly over the move by the state government to probe Sanusi.

Trouble began when the Chairman, House Standing Committee on Public Complaints and Petitions, Alhaji Hamza Ibrahim Ci-Dari, raised an observation regarding the two petitions against the deposed emir.

Immediately the chairman raised the issue, he was opposed by some lawmakers, particularly members of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The PDP and the All Progressives Congress members engaged in a free-for-all as they tried to snatch the House mace, the symbol of authority of the House.

But the Sergeant at Arms and security operatives prevented the lawmakers from taking the mace away, before the Speaker, Alhaji Abdulaziz  Gafasa, announced the postponement of the session for 30 minutes. There was calm when the House resumed later.

ACF calls for calm over Sanusi’s dethronement

The northern socio-political group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, said it intervened in the crisis between the deposed emir and the Kano State government.

It called for calm and understanding among the people of Kano State over the removal of Emir Sanusi.

The National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim-Biu, made the call on Monday while reacting to the dethronement of the Emir who had had a long running battle with the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje.

In a text message to The PUNCH, the ACF spokesman said,  “TheArewa Consultative Forum had earlier intervened in the feud between the Kano State Government and Kano Emirate Council and called for amicable resolution.

“However, with the turn of events now, the ACF calls for calm and understanding, especially among the good people of Kano State.”

Commenting on Sanusi’s banishment, A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, said if it was specifically stated in the Kano State emirate law it would stand notwithstanding the constitutional rights on freedom of movement.

He said, “I believe that it is the emirate law of Kano State that is applicable in this instance and if the banishment is in line with that law, it is permissible as derogation from the freedom of movement in the constitution.

“But it must be specifically stated in that law that such banishment is permissible. This is not the first time; the Olowo of Owo was banished; the Sultan of Sokoto was banished, even though those were under the military government. But I think generally, the Emir of Kano should challenge this naked display of power and allow the court to determine his fate. But in order to ensure peace, I think there should be general compliance with the directive until there is a contrary one from the court.”

However, the SAN said what happened to Sanusi had demonstrated the need for traditional institutions to be protected from political influence.

Dethronement: Stop consoling me, we didn’t die, says Sanusi’s daughter

Khadija Sanusi, daughter of the former Emir of Kano, on Monday, asked her followers to stop sending her condolences, following her father’s dethronement.

Moments before Sanusi’s dethronement was made public, Khadija alluded to it by taking to Twitter to quote her father, in response to a tweet that said, “Muhammadu Sanusi, Emir of Kano, once said?”

She replied, “You can suspend me, but you can’t suspend the truth.’ The man that raised me has never been afraid of letting go of power for the sake of integrity.”

The former emir’s daughter later expressed exasperation over the number of condolence messages she had received.

Khadija, in a series of now deleted tweets, said, “Can you people please stop sending me ‘Innallillahi wa Inna ilayhir raji’un’ (from God we came, to God we shall return) and ‘my condolences’? We did not die.

“Explain to me how I’ve been the one consoling my friends. I’m like ‘I’m sorry.’ Allah ne yaso. Insha Allah hakan yaafi alheri. (That’s his God wants it to happen. By God’s grace, it will be for good.) Just expect an invoice because I’m charging for these therapy sessions.”

We ‘ll hold Buhari for any breakdown of law and order in Kano – northern youths.

The Joint Action Committee of Northern Youth Associations said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)  would be hold responsible in the event any chaos in Kano State.

The group said the President’s body language gave  Danhuje the impetus to dethrone the highly revered monarch.

The Convener of Association, Murtala Abubakar in a statement in Kaduna, said it was unfortunate that a thing like this was happening when the region was in dire need of leadership.

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