New emirates have been created by the Kano State Government shortly after the State House of Assembly passed a bill to carve out of the sprawling Kano metropolis Gaya, Bichi, Karaye and Rano emirates.
The “Bill for the Appointment and Deposition of Emir 2019”, was signed yesterday by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to whittle down the powers and influence of the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II.
The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, who presided over plenary, said the House, after critical deliberation on the matter at the committee of the whole, agreed for the passage of the bill.
The house deliberated for about four hours in a closed-door session.
The implication of creating additional emirates is that the powers of the present Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi ll will be reduced. The four proposed emirates are presently being headed by district heads now upgraded as emirs.
The Kano Assembly had on Monday embarked on its earlier plans to amend the law following a petition filed by Ibrahim Salisu Chambers demanding the upgrading of some traditional rulers to the status of first class emirs.
Chambers, in the petition, argued that the creation of four additional first class emirate councils in Karaye, Bichi, Rano and Gaya will bring more development to the state.
The Assembly set up a committee to look into the issue and it presented its report on Tuesday.
The Majority Leader of the House, Mr Baffa Danagundi, while reading the committees’ report on the floor of the House, said the report recommended the review of the law after wide consultation with stakeholders, adding that the feedback the committee received from the public massively supported the upgrade of the emirate councils.
He therefore said the response received clearly showed the need to upgrade the emirate councils.
According to Danagundi, if the law is signed by the governor the emirate councils would have their own kingmakers except Bichi.
He explained that Bichi Emirate Council would have its kingmakers from the old emirate council, Gidan Dabo in particular.
According to Danagundi, the creation of the new first class emirs would bring more job opportunities, boost the state’s economy and ensure security.
It is believed that the move to create more emirate councils was meant to reduce the influence of Kano Emirate, currently headed by Muhammad Sanusi, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Ganduje and Sanusi are reported to have fallen out over yet to be disclosed issues. A probe is currently underway by the Kano State anti-corruption agency into the finances of the Kano Emirate, a move, many believe, is targeted at removing Sanusi from the throne.
Reports say Sanusi did not support Ganduje’s bid to be re-elected for a second term in office. In the February governorship election, Ganduje lost significantly in Kano metropolis, an area largely controlled by the emir.