The four new emirs Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State appointed to reduce the might of the royal father of the ancient emirate of the groundnut pyramid, have received their staff of office following the recent controversial breakup of the Kano emirate.
The Kano Emirate Council, according to Wikipedia, was formed in 1903 after the British pacification of the Sokoto Caliphate. Ado Bayero became the emir in 1963, reigning for 50 years until his death in 2014, he oversaw the transformation of the Emirate under Nigeria’s federal constitution that subjects Northern Nigeria’s Emirates to political leaders.
The emir of Kano serves as the leader of the Tijaniyya sufi order in Nigeria, historically the second most important Muslim position in Nigeria after the Sultan of Sokoto who is the leader of the more populous Qadiriyya sufi order in the country.
On June 8, 2014, former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Muhammadu Sanusi II was selected to succeed Bayero as Emir of Kano.
The latest development is coming on the back of a court order which restrained the All Progressives Congress (APC) governor from implementing the breakup of the emirate.
Ganduje, who was at the centre of a huge dollar bribe-taking, had signed a law that created four additional emirates in the state, leaving Muhammad Sanusi, the emir of Kano, with the control of 10 out of 44 local government areas in the state.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ganduje, Abba Anwar, in a statement on Monday, said the governor presented the instrument to Aminu Ado-Bayero, the eldest son of the late emir of Kano, as the emir of Bichi.
The staff of office was also presented to Ibrahim Abubakar II, emir of Karaye; Tafida Abubakar-Ila, emir of Rano, and Ibrahim Abdulkadir, emir of Gaya.
According to the APC governor, “this Staff of Office represents dedication and commitment to serve your subjects in the areas of security, health care delivery system, education and environment among others.
“We, as a government, are always ready to work with you hand in hand for the growth and development of our state in particular and the nation in general. You should place greater priority on education, health and the security of your domains. As a government, we will always respond positively to your people-oriented yearnings and aspirations.
“As leaders who are closer to your subjects, you should join hand with government and other security agencies to make sure that security is not only improved but maintained. Efforts towards strengthening community policing, as practised globally, should form part of your commitment. Ours is to, together, ensure that global best practices are observed.”
While claiming that the new emirates were created in the state to reduce the burden on Sanusi, the governor also said that he presented appointment letters to the new emirs before the state high court issued a restraining order.