POLITICS DIGEST – Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State Governor has appointed the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, as the Chairman of Kano State Council of Chiefs.
The governor’s spokesperson, Abba Anwar, in a statement on Monday said the appointment is with immediate effect.
He said the new appointee, emir Sanusi, would head the state’s council of chiefs while the newly appointed emirs would serve as members.
“It is also directed that the Chairman shall immediately summon the inaugural meeting of the Council in accordance with the provisions of the Law,” Mr Anwar said.
Governor Ganduje had last week explained that the headship of the Kano State Council of Chiefs would be rotational among the emirs in the state.
The governor insisted on creating the new emirates despite public criticism that his intention was to reduce the influence of Mr Sanusi who has been critical of his administration.
However, Ganduje while assenting to the law creating the emirate said the creation of the four new emirates is a response to age long and popular demand of people of the state. He said his action was guided by the calls received from across the 44 local government areas in the state for the need of new emirates.
He added that the development would bring traditional institutions closer to the people in facilitating speedy development and security in the state.
Ganduje signed the new law creating the four new emirates last week, hours after the Kano Assembly passed it. The law was passed within three days by the lawmakers without holding a public hearing.
A similar law creating the new emirates had earlier been invalidated by a court which said due process was not followed.
It is not clear however if the emir would accept the new appointment. The Kano emir had challenged the creation of new emirates when it was first done. Before the new emirates were created, the Emir of Kano was the only first class emir in the state.