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Kano House of Assembly repeals law used to dethrone Sanusi

Lamido Sanusi

Kano State House of Assembly has repealed the law used by former governor of the state, Umar Ganduje, to dethrone the past Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido II.

Recall that in May 2019, the state House assembly approved the amendment of the Kano State Emirate Council Law, which paved the way for the decentralization of the emirates.

The legislation was purportedly conceived to whittle the powers of Muhammadu Sanusi. Following the passage of the law, Ganduje who was at loggerheads with the then Emir, signed the bill into law, paving way for the dethronement of Sanusi and enthronement of five other Emirs

With the law, Kano had five emirates Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi.

In March 2020, Ganduje deposed Sanusi as Emir of Kano “for total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the governor”.

After the deposition of Sanusi on March 9, 2020, the law was further amended to designate the Emir of Kano as the chairman of the council. Additionally, Section 12 of the law allowed the governor to grade the office of an emir as first, second, or third class, subject to the approval of the House of Assembly.

Following today’s repeal of the law, the five other Emirs have been sacked.

It is rumored that Sanusi may be reinstated very soon.

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