Kano Assembly sacks five Emirates councils created by Ganduje

The Kano State House of Assembly on Thursday, at last, passed the Kano Emirates Council Law (Repeal Bill) 2024, effectively abolishing the establishment of five new emirates created by the former Kano state Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’

With this development, the deposed Emir of Kano, Malam Sanusi Lamido, may be on his way back to the seat, as Emir of Kano, to oversee all the 44 local government areas of the state

This legislative change marks a significant shift in the traditional governance structure of Kano State, reverting to the previous singular emirate system.

Based on this development this may pave the way for the bill, which automatically scaled through its third reading, thereby repealed the creation of the Bichi, Rano, Gaya, and Karaye emirates alongside the historic Kano Emirate.

Aside from that all offices created under the repealed law have been dissolved, and district heads appointed or elevated under the previous legislation are to revert to their former positions.

Accordingly, the bill titled the Kano State Emirates Council (Amendment No. 2) Law, 2024, was sponsored by Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, the Majority Leader and representative of the Dala Constituency.

However, it will be recalled that the original law, enacted under former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on December 5, 2019, was amended twice: first on October 14, 2020, and again on April 11, 2023. Section 3(1) of the law established the five distinct emirates, distributing jurisdiction over the 44 local government areas in the state.

Also, it will be recalled that following the deposition of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi on March 9, 2020, the law was amended to designate the Emir of Kano as the council’s chairman. Section 12 of the law allowed the governor to grade emir offices as first, second, or third class with the assembly’s approval.

A principal officer of the assembly, who requested anonymity, asserted the assembly’s authority, stating, “No Jupiter can stop the assembly from amending the law.”

Credit: Nigerian Tribune