Kano assembly to amend law used by Ganduje to divide state into emirates

The Kano house of assembly has resolved to review the law that divided the state into five emirates.


In May 2019, the Kano assembly approved the amendment of the Kano State Emirate Council Law, which paved the way for the decentralisation.


The legislation was purportedly conceived to whittle the powers of Muhammadu Sanusi, then Emir of Kano.


Subsequently, Abdullahi Ganduje, former governor of the state, signed the bill into law.


With the law, Kano has five emirates — Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi.


In March 2020, Ganduje deposed Sanusi as the Emir of Kano “for total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the governor”.



During plenary on Tuesday, Lawan Hussaini Dala, the majority leader, moved a motion for the amendment of the law.


Dala said the law was not conceived in good faith, while raising concerns over the creation of new emirates.


Afterwards, the house resolved to amend the law.


In the buildup to the 2023 election, there were insinuations that the law would be amended if the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not win the Kano governorship election.


Abba Yusuf, candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), was declared winner of the gubernatorial poll.


In January, Rabiu Kwankwaso, presidential candidate of the NNPP in the 2023 elections, said Yusuf will revisit the creation of new emirates in the state by the former administration.

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