Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has appointed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, as chairman of the Kano State Council of Chiefs.
A statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, said the appointment takes effect Monday December 9. He said the appointment was in line with the provisions of Sections 4 (2) (g) and Section 5((1) (2) of the Kano State Emirate Councils Law 2019, which empowered the governor to make such appointment.
The governor also directed that the Chairman of the Council shall immediately summon the inaugural meeting of the Council in accordance with the provisions of the Law.
According to section 5(1), (2) of the Law, the Chairmanship of the State Council of Chiefs shall be rotational among the five emirs of the emirates, the sequence of which is to be determined by the governor, and the chairman shall serve for two years only.
The law was signed last week just few hours after the Kano State House of Assembly passed the executive bill creating four more Emirates in the state.
After signing the Bill into law, Governor Ganduje said: “We are going to have the Chairman of the five Kano Emirs, who would be reconvening meetings.
“And anybody who is absent among the five Emirs for five consecutive times risk been deposed.”
That warning has been viewed as being directed to Emir Sanusi who is opposed to the creation of new Emirates to reduce the size of the Kano Emirate under Sanusi
Members of the State Council of Chiefs are all other four first-class emirs of Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, Alhaji Dr Tafida Abubakar (Autan Bawo), Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II and Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir.
Section 4(2) of the law names other members of the Council to include Secretary to the State Government, Commissioner for Local Governments and five Chairmen of Local Government Councils one each from the Local Government Council where the Emir’s palace are situated.
Other members include 10 kingmakers, two each from the five emirates mentioned under Section 3(1) of the Law as well as chief imam of each emirate.
Ganduje also named Alhaji Dalhat Al-Hamsad and Alhaji Auwalu Abdullahi Rano as representatives of business communities in the Council representing their Emirates while representatives of other Emirates would soon be named.
The law also stipulated as members of the Council, a representative from the Police, State Security Service and Civil Defence Corps. However, the Governor has appointed Alhaji Nasiru Aliko Koki as member of the council while the name of the secretary would be announced.
Ganduje urged all the Council members to utilize the opportunity to serve the people in the state and to strengthen the Emirates and the traditional system of administration in the State in advising the state government, more particularly on security matters.