Embattled Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II has been received by thousands of supporters and well-wishers after he returned from a short visit to the United Kingdom.
The emir’s plane touched down at Malam Aminu Kano Internation Airport (MAKIA) on Sunday evening to the reception of hundreds of supporters who expressed solidarity with him following his persecution by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
Emir Sanusi, whose convoy moved straight to the palace from the airport was overwhelmed by the huge crowds that swarmed around him, giving security agents a tough time trying to control the people.
Last week, Ganduje had signed a controversial law passed by the rubber stamp State House of Assembly which created four rival emirates in Gaya, Bichi, Rano and Karaye to whittle down Sanusi’s tremendous influence.
The passage of the unpopular law effectively reduced the emir’s influence by cutting down his domain of control from 44 local government councils to only 10.
Many citizens and groups embarked on protests against the controversial creation of new emirates in the state, a move widely seen as an attempt to destroy and desecrate the highly revered Kano Emirate– a symbol of the state’s rich cultural heritage.
DAILYFOCUS reports that just as Sanusi was returning from his trip, Ganduje was already in Bichi and Gaya local governments where he presented staff of office to the new emirs he appointed.
The governor defied a court order which ordered him to halt any action on the appointment of the new emirs.
He is expected to also proceed to Rano and Karaye to present the official symbols of office to the new emirs there.