No need for violent enforcement or rejection of order halting repeal of Nao emirate law – Ulamas

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola

Amid the anxiety that Kano is witnessing over the kingship tussle in the city, its Ulamas – scholars –  have warned against violent enforcement or rejection if the court order that halted the repeal of the 2019 emirate law in the state.

Governor Abba Yusuf had rejected the order and went ahead to implement the new law enacted by the State House of Assembly, saying the judge gave the order from the US.

He has thus reinstated Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.

But the Emir removed from the position, Aminu Ado Bayero, has stood his ground, saying the court order must be obeyed.

Against this background, the Ulamas on Saturday intervened, urging the Federal Government to ,as a matter of urgency, allow peace reign.

The Ulamas made the call in a statement signed by the council led by Shaikh Abdullahi Uwais Limanci.

They said the recent happenings in the emirate could escalate and degenerate into chaos if not carefully handled.

The statement read: “Kano State is one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria despite its political complexity. The recent happenings in the Emirate if not carefully handled could escalate and degenerate into chaos. It is imperative for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to take all necessary steps to maintain peace in the State.

“While it is 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. One person took the case to Court that the law violates his Fundamental Human Rights. He is entitled to his rights.

“The State Governor also has responsibility as the Chief Executive of the State as the act in question has already been completed. Therefore there is no need for violent enforcement of any order or violent resistant to it, and we vehemently oppose any measures that will bring escalation of conflict in the State.

“Mr. President as the leader of the nation should not allow the contest for a royal stool to degenerate to violence. We are calling on Mr. President to allow the people of Kano State to resolve these issues amicably without use of any force and loss of lives. 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 contenders.

“May the Almighty Allah bring peace and prosperity to our nation as a whole.”

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