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Ganduje, Sanusi And Kano Emirates

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Nigeria News takes a look at the decentralization of the Kano emirate and the political undertone.

History stands to judge Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje over the splitting of the Kano emirate into five.

The governor gave assent to the law that split the emirate and went ahead to inaugurate the four emirs, which include the Emirs of Rano, Karaye and Bichi.

The governor eventually gave letters of appointment to the new emirs on Saturday, despite that a High court had restrained him. As of Friday night, the governor had not been served. The emirs were turbaned on Saturday at a colourful ceremony.

Before Usman Dan Fodio captured Kano, history made us believe that there were Emirates, which later became one Emirate. Fodio also captured and created Sokoto caliphate, which eventually became the spiritual headquarters of the Hausa/Fulani.

To Ganduje, there have been changes over the years, which of course make the current move lawful. He said that the creation of new Emirates will decentralize the traditional government because the emirs will now be reporting to their local government chairmen but not the sitting governor.

With this, the power of the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi has been reduced as he will now be reporting to a local government chairman.

Emir Sanusi has never supported Ganduje for the second term. He sees the governor as very corrupt. There are also allegations that Emir Sanusi is involved in some forms of financial misappropriations, which the State House of Assembly investigated but the governor waded in to save the monarch.

The governor must have been waiting to see where Sanusi belonged before the State governorship polls before taking this last action of decentralizing the emirate.

It must be noted here that Ganduje did not just wake up to take this action but must have borrowed a leaf from his inlaw, the outgoing Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

Recall that Ajimobi also appointed scores of Obas to take some powers away from Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji.

Ajimobi crowned 48 Magajis as Obas in Ibadan to challenge the Olubadan. He has since paid the price because his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) did not only lose the governorship election in Oyo State, the governor himself lost his senatorial election.

Like Ajimobi, like Ganduje, both are inlaws, in the same party, using the same strategy to silence their oppositions. And it is disturbing that this is happening at the time President Muhammadu Buhari is emphasizing on true federalism.

What Nigerians are expecting is a federal government that enables the local government to function as an autonomous tier not as an appendage of the State to settle political scores.

But looking at this issue from another angle, the splitting of Kano emirates may serve as a warning signal to other traditional monarchs to distance their offices from political affairs.

The traditional stool is sacred and the occupiers of that seat must see all politicians as their children without taking sides when it comes to election regardless of the political parties.

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