REAL LIFE GAME OF THRONES GOING ON IN KANO AS EMIR LAMIDO SANUSI IS FACING TOUGH TIMES IN HIS KINGDOM
EMIR Sanusi Lamido is a man who commands respect when you set eyes on him let alone hear him speak. An astute Ex Banker, Former CBN governor and Economic scholar he is one of the rare people in Nigeria who say it as is and damn the consequences as far as political correctness is concerned. So in the wake of the Governorship elections in February/March in Kano, a few of us were not surprised to see him openly pitch his support not at the doorstep of the Incumbent Governor but his opponent. A brave move you might say as surely his history in Risk Management Banking would have warned him that things could get rather tricky for him if it turns out that the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje ends up winning the election.
In turns out the Elections were keenly contested and the seating governor Barely scrapped through to win via a highly disputed supplementary election. And now its the Governors turn to get his pound of flesh on Lamido Sanusi.
The Kano State House of Assembly has swiftly removed 36 local government areas from the Kano Emirate to create four new emirates.
The proposed new emirates are Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi.
The Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, has indicated he would sign the bill into law to create these new Emirates without delay.
This development followed an amendment by the lawmakers of the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Law of the state.
On Monday, one Ibrahim Salisuhad submitted a petition to the state assembly seeking the decentralisation of the Kano Emirate Council.
The petitioner demanded the upgrade of the traditional rulers of Karaye, Bichi, Rano and Gaya to the status of first class emirs to the same level as Sanusi.. a clear move to demystify Sanusi
Governor of Kano State Abdullahi Ganduje
The assembly set up a committee to look into the petition and come up with a report.
While reading the joint committees report before the floor of the house on Tuesday, the Majority Leader, Baffa Danagundi, said the report also recommended the review of the law.
He said the decision followed “wide consultation with stakeholders”.
Mr Danagundi said the response received clearly showed that there was a need to upgrade the traditional rulers. After that, the lawmakers unanimously passed the bill on Wednesday and with that move Sanusi’s Fate was sealed.
The drama doesn’t end there,
A copy of the new law obtained by PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday stated that the local government councils that remained under Kano Emirate are Kano Municipal, Dala, Nassarawa, Gwale, Tarauni, Fagge, Kumbotso and Ungoggo. (8)
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammad Sanusi, as the Emir of Kano is the head of the Emirate.
The proposed Rano Emirate covers (10)local government councils. These are Rano, Bunkure, Kibiya, Takai, Sumaila, Kura, Doguwa, Tudunwada, Kiru and Bebeji.
The proposed Gaya Emirate has nine(9) local government councils consisting of Gaya, Ajingi, Albasu, Wudil, Garko, Warawa, Dawakinkudu, Gabasawa and Gezawa.
The proposed Karaye Emirate has eight (8)local government councils. These are Karaye, Rogo, Gwarzo, Kabo, Rimingado, Shanonon, Madobi and Garunmalam.
The Bichi Emirate has nine (9)local government areas. They are Bichi, Bagwai, Tsanyawa, Shanono, Kunchi, Dambatta, Makoda, Dawakintofa and Tofa
Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido
showing that the new Emirates apart from Karaye, Have more Local Governments than Sanusi’s Kano Emirates. How Coincidntal you might say..
The Governor addressing pressmen said :
“That is the popular wish of our people. The people of Kano state. This will also go a long way in hastening growth and development for the state.”
Mr Ganduje said there had been a clamour for many years among citizens in the state for new emirates. “But now we are happy to see that the idea would come into fruition
He said all sectors would benefit from the changes.
“It will also lead to more concentration on our health, education and other equally important sectors of the society. That is why I said there will be no waste of time in signing the Bill into Law.”
But observers know that the real motive of the governor is to reduce the influence of the Emir of Kano, Mr Sanusi. Ganduje Lost heavily in the Kano Municipal area controlled by Sanusi during the Elections and the Governor is determined to show him who is boss.
It remains to be seen what the next move of the Emir of Kano will be, will he seat and watch himself be ridiculed in this manner? we wait and see