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  • Updated: May 25, 2024

Kano Emirship tussle: Religious leaders call for presidential intervention

Kano Emirship tussle: Religious leaders call for presidentia

The Kano State Chapter of the Nigerian Council of Ulama has called on President Bola Tinubu to take measures to maintain peace amid the ongoing stand-off over the Kano Emirship. 

The council’s appeal was made in a statement issued by 18 officials, including Shaykh Abdullahi Uwais Limanci, Shaykh Ibrahim Khalil, Shaykh Abdulwahab Abdallah, Shaykh Nasir Adam, Shaykh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, Shaykh Bashir Tijani Usman, and Shaykh Sukraij Salgha on Saturday.

"It is imperative for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to take all necessary steps to maintain peace in the State. Kano State is one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria despite its political complexity," the scholars revealed. 

The recent happenings in the Emirate, if not carefully handled, could escalate and degenerate into chaos. The council stressed the importance of avoiding violent measures, both in enforcement and resistance.

"Therefore, there is no need for violent enforcement of any order or violent resistance to it, and we vehemently oppose any measures that will bring escalation of conflict in the State.”

Acknowledging the legislative role of the State House of Assembly, the scholars called for cooperation between the State and Federal Governments. 

"While it is within the purview of the State House of Assembly to enact Laws for good governance, the State Government needs the cooperation and support of the Federal Government.”

"The State Assembly amended the Kano State Emirates Law and the Governor assented to it. One person took the case to Court that the law violated his Fundamental Human Rights. 

"He is entitled to his rights. The State Governor also has a responsibility as the Chief Executive of the State as the act in question has already been completed," the scholars said.

They said as the leader of the nation, Tinubu should not allow the contest for a royal stool to degenerate into violence and urged the President to allow the people of the State to resolve the issues amicably without the use of any force and loss of lives. 

Speaking further, they added that Kano State is one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria, "therefore, we the undersigned call on both contending parties to use civil means in resolving their differences to allow peace to reign in the state." 

"As major stakeholders in the state, we want to assure Mr President that we shall reach out to the contender," the statement added.

The Emirship dispute continues to create tension in Kano, with both reinstated Emir Sanusi and dethroned Emir Aminu Ado Bayero maintaining their claims to the royal title. 

Sanusi remains at the Emir's Palace in the city in the company of Governor Abba Yusuf, his Deputy Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam Gwarzo, and other top government officials. Meanwhile, Bayero resides at the Emir's Guest House, Gidan Sarkin Nasarawa, with both parties insisting on their legitimacy as the Emir of Kano.

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