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Kano House of Assembly Abolishes Five Emirates

The Kano State House of Assembly has dethroned five emirs and abolished the five Emirates in the state after revoking the law that established five Emirates, effectively removing all current Emirs except for the central Emir of Kano. Majority Leader Lawal Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa announced that the bill abolishes the five new Emirates and reverts to the former single Emirate structure, which has existed since the Jihad of Shehu Usman Dan Fodio.

The division of the Kano Emirate into five by former governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in 2019 faced criticism for allegedly causing ethnic divisions. Ganduje had also dethroned the 14th Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II, after a prolonged dispute.

“The abolished Emirates did nothing but create division among the people of Kano. For thousands of years, Kano had unity which was disrupted. We are now returning to our historical roots: one Kano, one people, one Emir,” Yan Gurasa stated.

The new law empowers the current governor to deliberate with traditional kingmakers to nominate a new central Emir for the state. Yan Gurasa noted that no Emirs are currently holding office in the state.

“This means the five Emirs are no longer in existence. There is no Emir now in Kano. It is up to the governor to appoint a new Emir,” he said.

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Yan Gurasa also called for cooperation from Kano residents, emphasizing the importance of unity for the state’s peace and development. “We expect cooperation from the people of Kano. This is a welcome development. Kano is now united. We need their maximum cooperation and prayers for our state’s peace and development.”

He mentioned that the bill has been sent to the governor for assent. “There are no longer active Emirs in the five Emirates: Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano, and Karaye. The law allows the governor to call on traditional kingmakers to choose a new king,” he added.

Techrectory with Agency Report.

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