Kano Assembly Revisits Law That Led to Sanusi’s Dethronement

The Kano State House of Assembly is set to amend the Kano State Emirs Law, which former governor Abdullahi Ganduje previously used to dethrone the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.

WikkiTimes reported that a group in Kano identified as “Yan Dangwalen Kano” approached the House demanding a review of the circumstances that led to the deposition of Sanusi. The group also called for the unification of the existing five Kano Emirates into one.

Majority Leader of the House Hussien Dala, representing the Dala constituency, in a motion during a plenary session on Tuesday, emphasized the necessity of revisiting the Emirs Law to address issues stemming from the 2019 amendment. “We must ensure that our traditional institutions are governed by laws that reflect fairness and justice,” he stated.

The proposed amendments come amidst growing calls for the reinstatement of the deposed Emir Sanusi, who was controversially removed in 2020.

Group Writes Kano Assembly, Seeks Reinstatement of Sanusi, Unification of Emirates

His dethronement followed a 2019 amendment that divided the Kano Emirate into five distinct emirates—Rano, Karaye, Gaya, and Bichi—and appointed First Class Emirs to lead them.

Public pressure to restore Muhammad Sanusi II to his former position remains strong, while others warn against politicising the traditional institutions in the state.

Speaker of the House Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa emphasized the importance of transparency and inclusiveness in the legislative process. “We are committed to conducting a fair and open amendment process. All stakeholders will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussions,” he assured.

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The amendment process may include thorough scrutiny and possible public hearings to ensure all voices are heard.

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