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Sultan Urged To Wade Into Kano Emirate Impasse

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The Renaissance Coalition in Collaboration with Civil Society Organisations/Stakeholders have called on the Sultanate to immediately wade into the dispute between the Kano Emirate and Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in order for peace to reign in the state.

Speaking yesterday at a press conference, chairman of the group, Malam Abdurrahman Baffa Yola said the call had become necessary in view of the situation Kano found itself over the controversial balkanisation of the Emirate by the powers that be.

He said it is high time that people of substance like the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, came out boldly to address the broad day light attack on their collective heritage.

“We are opposed to Emirate creation because it is inimical to progress, it brought about disunity among our people. We want the Emirate to remain as one indivisible entity. Kano used to be a pace setter, not only in Northern Nigeria, but also in the country as whole socially, culturally, economically and politically. Kano has since the period of the Trans-Saharan trade over centuries ago been recognised as a nerve centre of commerce in West Africa,” he said.

Yola, who criticised Ganduje for executive recklessness due to the immunity he enjoys in the constitution queried the accelerated passage of the Kano State Emirs’ Appointment and Deposition Act 2019.

According to the chairman Renaissance Coalition there are numerous bills lying in the State House of Assembly for years unattended to and numerous social problems that the State Assembly ought to look into but fail to do so.

He said that a recent statistics placed Kano State as the highest in terms of unemployment. “We have over 3.5 million unemployed youths in the state, 2million girl-child who are out of school, more than five million people that are lacking good drinking water across the state,” he added.

The chairman said Kano State has the highest number of maternal mortality rate and has the highest number of school dropouts due to insufficient support among others.

He further revealed that the state has the highest number of unsigned bills citing the State Security Trust Fund Law that has been in the House for six years, Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law Bill, Child Rights Act, 24 Months Fiscal Responsibility Law Bill, Due Process Law Bill, among others .

He said despite the above crucial bills, which would have had great significance in the lives of the people, the Kano people woke up   to learn about the passage of the controversial bill on Emirate creation.

He called on Governor Ganduje to in the interest of the state reverse the Emirate creation and postpone, the establishment of the four additional emirates.

On his part the spokesman of the governor, Comrade Muhammad Garba described what the group said as the figment of their own imagination.

“How can you tell the  man in Gaya, Rano, Karaye, and Bichi emirates that the creation of the emirates will not mean well for them? You see what the CSOs are saying is not the true reflection of what is going in the affected places,” he said.

He called on the CSOs to always cross check their facts before going to the press.

 

 

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