Latest on Kano tussle: Protest in Gaya, Rimi’s old interview on emir’s status sparks more controversy


As the tussle between the two contenders for Kano emirship  lingers, there was a protest in Gaya on Sunday for the resuscitation of one of the five emirates dissolved by the state government.

This is as controversy lingers over whom the Emir of Kano is between Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II and Aminu Ado Bayero.

While Sanusi, whom the government has reinstated is in the main palace, Bayero, on the strength of a court order halting the repeal of the 2019 law that brought him to power, is in a ‘mini’ palace.

Making the debates over the tussle more intriguing is the resurfacing of an old interview by Second Republic Governor of Kano State, the late Abubakar Rimi, declaring that the Emir of Kano is just a public officer subject to the power of the governor.

But as ‘Daily Trust’ reports, the other four emirates affected are Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi.

The governor also directed all the monarchs, including Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir, Emir of Gaya, to hand over to Comrade Abdulsalam Gwarzo, Deputy Governor, who oversees the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affair.

The protesters: Courtesy ‘Daily Trust’

Residents told ‘Daily Trust’ that the dethroned Emir vacated the palace at midnight on Thursday.

There was no sign of any form of violence or resistance in the town as there was the presence of armed security personnel.

A resident, Abubakar Shuaibu, had said some people were not happy with the development.

But on Sunday morning, residents trooped to the streets to reject the dissolution of the emirate.

Wielding placards and chanting anti-government songs, the protesters alleged injustice, saying the dissolution of the emirate has political undertone.

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