Atiku Abubakar Condemns Federal Government’s Interference in Kano Emirship Dispute

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has blamed the action of the Federal Government by deploying security forces to Kano over battle of emirship between the 16th and 15th emirs – Muhammadu Sanusi II and Aminu Ado Bayero respectively.

Atiku said the matter remains under the influence of the state since Governor Abba Yusuf enacted the repealed Kano State Emirate Council law which consequently reinstated the deposed Sanusi as the current emir.

He said the action of the Federal Government contravenes the 1999 Constitution as Amended.

Atiku, who made this known in a statement by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, on Saturday, warned President Bola Tinubu-led administration not to make any attempt to destablise Kano which has been known for peace over the years.

The statement read, “The action of the Federal Government in deploying soldiers in Kano in the tussle over the throne of the ancient city is an upset to the peace and security of the state, and also in breach of the 1999 Constitution as Amended.

“In performing their constitutional duties of law making, the Kano State House of Assembly (KSHA) passed the amended Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 in consonance with the provision of Section 4 of the Constitution 1999 as Amended whereas the Governor of Kano State, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf subsequently signed into law the said bill. The law therefore repealed the 2019 version which balkanized the ancient Kano Emirate into five.

“The foregoing circumstances happened within the confines of the law and in compliance with the powers conferred on the Governor as provided by Section 5(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended; and also in consultation with the Kingmakers of Kano, reappointed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (also known as Muhammadu Sanusi II) as the 16th Emir of Kano State and accordingly handed him a letter of appointment.

“It is surprising that in the early hours of today, exactly at about 5:30 am the former Emir of Kano, His Majesty Aminu Ado Bayero backed by Federal might made their way into the Nasarawa Palace of the Kano Emirate while the reappointed Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II was at the Gidan Dabo, which is the main residence of the Emir of Kano.

“In this wise, the former Emir could not have made his way into the Nasarawa Palace without the support of the Federal Government having done so with the support of the Army and other security personnel in his company. The deployment of soldiers in extra constitutional matters such as this undermines the integrity of the Nigerian military.

“We need to remind the Tinubu administration that Kano State is known for peace and harmony spanning thousands of years and any attempt to destablise the peace of the Land of Commerce shall be resisted. Recall that Muhammadu Sanusi II was dethroned on 9th March, 2020 dethroned, Kano forged on in peace without any fracas.

“We wish to state unequivocally that if for any reason, law and order breaks down in Kano State, particularly Kano Municipal, the Federal Government should be held responsible as the act of providing security cover to the former Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero to come back to Kano is an invitation to anarchy.”

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2 Comments to “Atiku Abubakar Condemns Federal Government’s Interference in Kano Emirship Dispute”

  1. My only concern in Atiku comment is day light lies he put on in his story just to purstrate FG as taking side in this mater.where did Atiku got history from Kano that has always be a volatile city on any little provocation. Killing is a child play or did Atiku mean when Kano people killed none indiggine is peace but when indiggine first that is only know to be no peace? Atiku please examine your brain before you say anything to Nigeria people because you lost election to Tinubu.

  2. My only concern in Atiku comment is day light lies he put on in his story just to purstrate FG as taking side in this mater.where did Atiku got history from Kano that has always be a volatile city on any little provocation. Killing is a child play or did Atiku mean when Kano people killed none indiggine is peace but when indiggine first that is only know to be no peace? Atiku please examine your brain before you say anything to Nigeria people because you lost election to Tinubu.

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