Kano Emirates: 22 civil society groups demand resignation of new emirs

A coalition of at least 22 civil society groups have demanded the resignation of the four new emirs appointed by governor Abdullahi Ganduje after he created controversial rival emirates in Rano, Karaye, Gaya and Bichi areas.

Ganduje had created the rival emirates apparently to clip the wings of Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II over the monarch’s alleged partisanship during the 2019 governorship elections in the state.

In a press conference in Kano on Monday, the groups, under the auspices of The Renaissance Coalition, also called on the Sultan of Sokoto to denounce the additional emirates in the state.

According to them, the sultan, being the leader of the Danfodio caliphate, wields considerable powers to reverse emirates.

The groups further said the governor’s decision was made without consultation with major stakeholders, adding that due process was not followed.

The coalition, therefore, called on all the elders in state to dissociate themselves from “these unpopular actions of the government, directly or indirectly, secretly or in the open.”

“We condemn in totality, the attitude of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led Government, for its total disregard for and disrespect of our revered elders in the state particularly with regards to their attempted efforts to intervene in the orchestrated plot of creating new emirate councils in Kano state,” the group said.

According to the group, the governor should have concentrated on addressing problems in almost every strata of life which needed urgent attention of the state government.

“There are more than five million people who do not have access to portable drinking water in Kano. Kano State is one of the states with the highest maternal mortality in Nigeria. Kano State takes the lead in substance and drug abuse in the whole country.

“Kano State has the highest number of school dropouts due to insufficient support and commitment from the Government. Kano State has the highest cases of congested classrooms in the country, with over 150 – 200 pupils in a class.

“Kano State has the highest accumulated pensions unsettled by the Government. Kano State has the highest number of poorly managed health care facilities across the state,” the coalition said.

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