Yan Dangwalen Jihar Kano, a civic group representing the electorate in Kano, has petitioned the Kano State House of Assembly to reconsider the legislation establishing four additional emirates and advocate for the reinstatement of former Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II.
The group’s appeal to the legislative body follows ongoing speculation about potential reversals of the emirate’s restructuring, initiated by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. While political figures like Rabiu Kwankwaso have hinted at revisiting the issue, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) warns against unsettling the current emirate framework, citing potential disruptions to Kano’s societal harmony.
In a letter addressed to the Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Yan Dangwalen Jihar Kano asserts that dissolving the additional emirates and restoring Sanusi to his position would promote unity and stability within the state and neighboring communities.
Highlighting Sanusi’s esteemed contributions to Kano’s socio-economic landscape during his tenure, the group emphasizes the need for thoughtful deliberation by the Assembly, urging a reconsideration of the decision to remove him from office.
The APC, however, dismisses the group’s demands as impractical and asserts that the creation of new emirates under Ganduje’s administration has served the state’s interests effectively. The party cautions against political maneuvering that could jeopardize Kano’s peace and progress.
Alhaji Hashimu Dungurawa, the Kano State Chairman of the opposition New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), acknowledges the group’s right to express its views, emphasizing the importance of diverse perspectives in democratic discourse.
The controversy surrounding the emirate’s restructuring, initiated in 2019, intensified with Sanusi’s subsequent removal in March 2020. The move was attributed to Sanusi’s alleged insubordination and disregard for gubernatorial directives.
As Kano grapples with the implications of these developments, the debate over traditional institutions, governance, and civic engagement underscores the delicate balance between political authority and public sentiment in shaping the state’s future.