Indications suggest that the politics of Kano State is taking another dimension as more issues are being thrown up thereby causing fresh controversies in the state.
The latest issue relates to alleged plans to create more Emirates in the state. This move will affect state’s traditional politics and the powers of the Emir of Kano, Emir Muhammad Sanusi 11 if it comes off.
The matter has been raising serious dust as more reactions trail it. The lawmaker representing Kano Central Senatorial District, Senator Rabi’u Kwanwaso, criticised the plan by the state government to create four additional emirates from the present Kano Emirate, The Punch reports.
The Kano State House of Assembly at the plenary on Monday began a move to create four emirates following a petition by one Mallam Ibrahim Salisu.
The Speaker of the House, Alhasaan Ruum, read the petition.
There were reports on Tuesday that the move and an investigation of some aides of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, were aimed at whittling down the powers of the traditional ruler and ultimately depose him.
Although to state government denied the allegations, Kwankwaso who spoke through his media aide, Binta Spikin, in a telephone conversation with one of our correspondents on Tuesday, criticised the plan by the Kano State Government to split the emirate into four.
According to Kwankwaso, only the people of the state, through the state House of Assembly, could demand such. He also noted that the move could only be made where issues of public concern had been raised against the current structure of the council.
She said, “On the emirate, he (Kwankwaso) does not support the splitting of Kano Emirate it is the heritage of the Kano people. If there should be such a move to split the emirate, the senator is of the opinion that it should come from the people; the people should be the ones who should complain about anything, then the state House of Assembly could take action.
“But, this one is from nowhere in particular because the same people who submitted a petition to the House could not really be identified. Who are those people? They don’t form a fraction of Kano, so they cannot on any grounds speak for the whole of Kano State.”
In another twist, there were signs that moves are being made to investigate an aide to the Emir of Kano.
The state’s Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission summoned an aide of Sanusi for investigation over alleged misappropriation of funds
A letter signed by the agency’s Director of Operations, C. S.P. Suleiman Aliyu Gusau, on behalf of the Executive Chairman, Muhuyi Rimin Gado, invited one Alhaji Isa Bayero an aide to Emir Muhammad Sanusi 11 for interrogation.
The letter directed Bayero to appear at the commission’s conference room by 12 noon on May 9, 2019, over an investigation into an alleged violation of Section 26 of the Commission’s Enabling law on the management of the Kano State Emirate Council’s funds.
Recall that the commission had in 2018 launched a probe against the Kano Emir prior to the intervention of the Kano State Assembly, which compelled the commission to suspend the probe.
There were insinuations that the state government led Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was involved in the plans to probe some officers of the Emirate.
However, the Governor Ganduje administration denied allegations that it is involved in the investigation of some Kano Emirate officers.
The state Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mallam Mohammed Garba, dismissed the claims that the investigation was targeted at the Emir of Kano with the aim of deposing him.
Garba, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, said the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led All Progressives Congress administration respected the rule of law. He stated, “This administration respects the principle of separation of powers and the independence of the three arms of government.
“We also believe in building public institutions. In line with these principles; which his Excellency swore to uphold, we wish to state that speculations in some quarters that this administration has a hand in the invitation of some officials of the Kano Emirate Council by an anti-graft agency are not only false but also mischievous. We implore purveyors of this falsehood and their friends who are also making spurious allegations that this administration is seeking to split the Kano Emirate to desist.”
“His Excellency is focused on completing the remainder of his first term and is looking forward to beginning his second term on May 29, Insha Allah (God willing), in order to consolidate his achievements for the good people of Kano State.
“We appeal to members of the public to disregard the campaign of calumny targeted at this administration by those who do not wish our state well.”
No one knows how the whole issue will play out. But, over time, more development on the matter will be known.
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