Official clarification has emergence as to the implication of the division of the emirate in Kano state
– Denying claims that the move was inspired by personal malice, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said that the division was aimed at taking Kano to the next level
– Ganduje also said that Emir Muhammadu Sanusi, going by Nigeria’s constitution, should be reporting to his local government chairman, and not to the governor
Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor of Kano, on Friday, May 10, gave clarification concerning the implications of the division of the emirate into four.
Ganduje denied allegations that he took the decision to get back on Emir Muhammadu Sanusi, adding that the traditional ruler, going by the provisions of the Nigerian constitution, should be reporting to the local government chairman in his district, not to him, Vanguard reports.
Replying to claims that his recent move has destroyed about 800 years of history of the Kano Emirate, the governor said: “Well, they are entitled to their own opinion but we are taking Kano to the next level and we need active participation of the traditional system, especially in the areas of education, security, agriculture, we need the effectiveness of the traditional rulers.
“By discentralising it we are following history. Years back even before the 800 years you are referring to, the situation was not that. So if something developed 800 years ago, things are also developing now and there will be another 800 years. So look at the history.
“So, it is not vendetta, I am not against him, in fact he is supposed to be reporting to the local government chairman according to the constitution of the federal republic of nigeria.
“It is the local government chairman that is suppose to discuss issues with him not the governor. So this is celebrated by the people of Kano and we will make sure that the new Emirate council are effective in terms of developing Kano State.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Hours after Ganduje promised to sign the bill seeking to split Kano emirate into four, the state’s lawmakers have passed the bill instructing that it should be transmitted to the head of the executive arm for assent.
With the passing of the local government and chieftaincy affairs law, the lawmakers have now decentralized the Kano emirate council giving the status of first class to the new ones.