Analysis: Why Ganduje wants to amend Kano emirates law

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More details have emerged on why Governor Abdullahi Ganduje is seeking to amend the Kano Emirates Council Law 2019, which created four additional emirates of Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya from the once powerful Kano Emirate.

On Wednesday, the Kano state government had announced plans to send a proposal to the state House of Assembly to amend the emirates law, “to pave way for review in the composition of kingmakers and rotation of chairmanship of the council.”

The announcement was issued by Muhammad Garba, the state’s Commissioner for Information, following the weekly executive council meeting.

Dan-Agundi’s return to Kano Emirate an affront to late Ado Bayero–Expert

The Kano assembly has already confirmed receiving a letter on the proposed amendment from Mr Ganduje.

The House Majority Leader, Kabiru Hassan Dashi said the governor’s letter had been read on the house floor, adding that further deliberations would be conducted on the issue next week.

The return of Aminu Babba as Kingmaker

DAILY FOCUS understands that the latest move to amend the Kano Emirates Law is to make way for Aminu Babba Dan-Agundi to return to the Kano Emirate Council as a “kingmaker” following his restoration to the council by the Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero.

It would be recalled that Mr Dan-Agundi, who had held the kingmaker title of Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta, was sacked by late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, father of the current emir, over insubordination in 2003.

But Mr Dan-Agundi, not satisfied with his deposition, had filed a lawsuit against late Bayero, which lasted for 17 years until, June 2020, when the Supreme Court, ruled in favour of the late emir.

In its ruling on June, 5, 2020 the apex court held that Mr Dan-Agundi’s removal by late Bayero from the positions of Sarkin Dawaki Maituta and District head of Gabasawa local government area, was in order.

The unanimous judgement was led by Justice Mary Odili.

However, despite the court ruling, Emir Aminu Bayero re-instated Mr Dan-Agundi earlier this month as a member of the Kano Emirate Council.

Emir Aminu, in a letter to Usman Alhaji, secretary to the state government, dated July, 9, 2020, had sought the approval of Mr Ganduje to confer a new title of Sarkin Dawaki Babba on Mr Dan-Agundi.

In the letter, the emir also requested for the governor’s approval to return his brother, Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero, a former Ciroman Kano, who was also sacked by deposed Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi, as the Wamban Kano.

Many observers believe that the decision to restore Mr Dan-Agundi to the Kano Emirate Council, has contradicted the Supreme Court ruling which upheld his dismissal from the council.

According to pundits, the traditional chief, who is said to be a key loyalist and political ally of Mr Ganduje, may have used his powerful links with the governor to bounce back to the Kano Emirate Council.

A royal blunder

But a renowned historian and expert on the Kano Emirate, Dr Tijjani Naniya described the decision to return Messers Dan-Agundi and Mr Lamido as a royal blunder.

Mr Naniya said it was uncommon for an emir to reverse the decision of his predecessors, a move he compared to “stripping the past emirs naked”.

“For an Emir to now reverse the decision of his own father is a serious affront to the integrity of the whole institution.

“The truth is when an emir executes a decision, it is wrong for another emir to simply undo that decision. This is because reversing the decision of another emir is seen like stripping that emir naked in public,” he had told BBC Hausa.

According to the historian, the new title of Sarkin Dawaki Babba, conferred on Mr Dan-Agundi is a new and strange title that has no place in the history of the Kano Emirate Council.

“As for Sarkin Dawaki Babba, this is a new title that has no place in the history of the traditional institution and we do not know what role it could play in the future,” Mr Naniya said.

Politics at work

However, Mr Garba, the state commissioner for information disagreed that returning Mr Dan-Agundi, is contrary to the Supreme Court ruling.

He said the new title of Sarkin Dawaki Babba, conferred on Mr Dan-Agundi by the Kano Emirate Council, is so great that the government considers amending the emirates law to make him one of the kingmakers.

“The state government did not disobey the apex court ruling on Mr Dan-Agundi’s removal by the late Kano Emir.

“In fact, this is why the state government is trying to restore him as a kingmaker through another route to avoid contradicting the Supreme Court judgement. This is for the development of the Kano emirate,” Mr Garba told the BBC.

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