EMIRATE TUSSLE: WHAT SANUSI TOLD SECURITY CHIEFS AT CRUCIAL MEETING – SOURCES Details of the discussion between Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, and top security chiefs have emerged. Amid the crisis which shook Kano on Saturday, the Police Commissioner, Director of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kano, Army Brigade Commander and National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) commander held separate meetings with Sanusi and Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, deposed Emir of Kano. The New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) controlled Kano House of Assembly had repealed Kano Emirates Council law which ex-Governor Abdullahi Ganduje used to dethrone Sanusi. Yusuf had assented to the law on Thursday and ordered the Emirs affected by it to vacate palaces within 48 hours. While four of the Emirs complied, Ado Bayero returned to Kano and moved into the palace at Nassarawa with heavy military protection. Irked by the development, Yusuf ordered his arrest but the police said they would comply with the order which restricted the Kano State government from reinstating Sanusi. According to a source present at the security chiefs’ meeting with Sanusi at the Gidan Rumfa Palace, Governor Yusuf allowed the security chiefs to have an audience with Sanusi alone. The source said the security chiefs informed Sanusi about the decision to enforce the court order stopping his reinstatement. “The emir, who spoke for over an hour during the meeting, told us that what the state government had done was justice against the injustice meted out to him in the past. “He told us that he had not seen the court order we were referring to, describing it as a media court order until he sees it,” the source told Daily Trust. After receiving his reinstatement letter from Governor Yusuf at the Africa House, Kano Government House, on Friday, Sanusi had said his return shows no man can change what God destined. He had said, “The Arabians used to say in everything that we are going to witness, there is a lesson that shows us that God is there. Whatever that is happening to an individual is preordained by Allah and to those that are sensible enough, it’s a lesson. “God is one and whatever He does, nobody can change and what He doesn’t do, nobody can. Time will not permit for long talks. Whatever we will say, we have said it when we were leaving. We made it clear that God has preordained time and cause for everything and everyone. He gave leadership to whom he wants and at the time he wants. When He gives, no one can take it away and when he takes it away, nobody can take it back.“This thing that has been brought to Kano, had it been it was allowed, one day we will wake up with Emir of Kumbotso, Bichi, Fagge and 44 Emirs. So what the government and the assembly did is a rescue mission.”


KANO’S DANGEROUS ‘GAME OF THRONES It was the Prussian general and military theorist Carl Von Clausewitz  who said  war is continuation of politics by other means. This famous quote came to mind when the drama in Kano over claims to the commercial city’s throne played out significantly yesterday. Muhammad Sanusi II was reinstated as the 16th Fulani Emir of Kano by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf on Friday,  May 24, 2024. But by the morning after (May 25, 2024), Aminu Ado Bayero, who was deposed on Thursday, May 23, 2024, following the passage of the Kano Emirates Council (Amendment) Bill by the state House of Assembly,  and its assent by Governor Yusuf, had staged a comeback. Sanusi is not only married to a daughter of Alhaji Ado Bayero, he is also a second cousin to Aminu Ado Bayero; his father, the late Chiroman Kano, Aminu Sanusi being a nephew to the late Emir Ado Bayero. The two are now are at daggers drawn over who should occupy the exalted Kano throne that existed for hundreds of years. The drama and the intrigues in this fight by cousins, reminiscent of the Kano civil war fought between 1893 and 1895, has been  described by many keen observers as “rather unfortunate”. Just as it is happening now, the bloody Kano civil war was fought among cousins. It was fought between the children of Sarkin Kano Abdullahi Maje Karofi (Yusufawa) and those of his younger brother, Sarkin Kano Bello (Tukurawa). When in June 2014 the late Emir Ado Bayero died, the then PDP-led federal government under Goodluck Jonathan hastily sent messages congratulating Lamido Sanusi Ado Bayero as the new emir, even before a formal announcement of the late Bayero’s successor. This possibly infuriated the ruling APC government in Kano led by Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, which subsequently announced the then suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new emir. All children of the departed emir  pledged their allegiance to the new emir but Chiroma Lamido, who apparently felt slighted by missing out the throne that his father occupied for over 50 years. Emir Sanusi will later dethrone the Chiroma, who relocated to Abuja and was made the managing director of the the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, by the Jonathan government. The emir also stripped Bashir Ado Bayero, the Danlawan from the district headship of Takai, for insubordination. It was this kind of politically charged atmosphere and internal strife among the royal family that set the stage for the War between Yusufawa and Tukurawa. According to historical accounts, Sarkin Kano Bello removed some children of his brother  from their titles and territories  and  compelled husbands of the female ones among them to divorce them. Only two sons of Maje Karofi, historical accounts said, pledged allegiance to Sarkin Kano Tukur when he succeeded his father, Bello. Emir Sanusi was to face the toughest battle of his life when in 2019 Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje created four additional emirates besides Kano: Bichi, Gaya, Karaye and Rano.  Ganduje also appointed Wamban Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero as the first emir of the newly created Bichi emirate. Beyond the symbolic elevation of Bichi Emir, the action created not only deep division among the royals but also along party lines. PDP adherents were seen as sympathetic to the cause of Emir Sanusi, who was battling to undo the balkanisation and restore his authority over the entire Kano. The politics of the creation of new emirates was seen by the opposition (Kwankwaso and his allies had defected from the APC to the PDP) as political landmines buried   by the Ganduje administration to perpetuate himself as a leading political gladiator after completing his 8th year as governor. Ganduje succeeded Kwankwaso,…


ONE YEAR OF TINUBU GOVT TRAGEDY, NOT ONE PROBLEM SOLVED – BUGAJE A former member of House of Representatives, Usman Bugaje, has said that President Bola Tinubu’s administration has been a tragedy to Nigerians in his one year in office. Bugaje, featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday evening, said President Tinubu’s government has not solved a single problem in Nigeria but created more problems than it met. He described Tinubu’s government as groping in darkness and added that it is unfortunate that Nigeria has no metrics to evaluate governance and compel leaders to scientifically present their achievements to the people. Bugaje said, “For citizens and the people who have been in government, clearly the last one year has been a tragedy. There is no one problem they have been able to solve. “I cannot see any other than no clue. I gave them the sense. They are feeling the pressure on the faces of Nigerians and perhaps they are trying to see how they can assuage this anger because the people are angry.” He said since the administration came to power on May 29, 2023, “I have not seen one problem that they have solved”. “If anything, the policies they started with have created far more problems than they found, and in this one year, they are clearly groping in the dark,” he said. He continued, “This is the time for them to admit and seek help from those who know. Nigeria is full of people with the experience, with the expertise. They may not be in your party, they may not even be in politics but this is the way many countries have been able to get out of their problems. “What we are going through is not new. Countries go through these from time to time but what do they do, they draw from their resources, their intellectual resources, their administrative resources, the people who have experiences. This country is full of them but they (leaders) lock themselves up and they are not delivering.” Speaking further, he said, “I feel uncomfortable discussing this without even defining what their metrics are. We as a nation should have by now developed metrics for evaluating governance. In the academic world, there are statistics. “Every government should have come with a baseline, after one year, they would be able to say scientifically this is the production in terms of agriculture, what we found in 2023 and this last season, we have improved by number of these metric tonnes. “In the area of security, these are the figures we would have improved. The first thing in the morning was about 20 people picked up by bandits right in Gwarinpa, in an estate.” “If Abuja, with all the presence of the government, is not safe, this is a centre shock to many residents of Abuja. Other citizens in Sokoto, in Zamfara, in Benue, in Cross River, and wherever they are, are constantly being killed, being maimed, and displaced. We must be concerned. “My point is, what I have heard so far is empty rhetoric that has not spoken to the problems on the ground. If you are talking about more money to the states, that is not your business.“That is a revenue allocation formula. You are not doing a favour to anybody. You are simply implementing the revenue allocation formula. It is a law,” he said.


TIMELINE: FROM PALACE TO EXILE, HOW SANUSI REGAINED THE THRONE On March 10, 2020, ex-Governor Abdullahi Ganduje deposed Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi as Emir of Kano. This was after several attempts were made to reconcile the duo. In an interview with Voice of America (VOA) Hausa, Abdulsalami Abubakar, former military Head of State, had said the efforts to reconcile Ganduje and Sanusi were wasted. In 2019, Abubakar was appointed as chairman of the reconciliation committee set up to intervene in the crisis. “Well, I can say so in view of the latest development. In my view, all the committee’s efforts are wasted.” He said after the committee submitted its report to the President Muhammadu Buhari, he “expressed willingness” to intervene. Abubakar added that he could not say categorically if Buhari intervened, but that if the president did, “I’ll be surprised that we got to this point”. Well, how did it all begin. In this piece, Haruna Ibrahim, Daily Trust’s librarian, chronicled the events that led to dethronement of the first-class king and how he found his way back to the throne. 1. APRIL 5TH 2017-KADUNA ECONOMIC SUMMIT-(On Kano state government trip to China) “We have governors, they go to China. Spend one month on a tour of China and what do they come back with? MoU for debts.‎ China will lend you 1.8 billion dollars to build light rail, the rail will come from China, the trains will come from China, the engines, the labour the driver will come from China. What do you benefit from it?” 2. MAY 2017-Kano state public complaints and anticorruption commissionOpened an investigation into the accounts of the Emirate council over questionable expenditures running into billions (6 billion alleged) within a short period of time- Emirate secretary and treasurer invited 3. APRIL 24 2017– The palace gave a breakdown of how 4 billion spent since the Emir Sanusi mounted the throne 4. APRIL 28 2017– Five Northern Governors brokered peace between Governor Ganduje and Emir Sanusi in Kaduna 5. May 10th 2017- Kano state House of assembly set up an 8-man committee to investigate Emir Muhammadu Sanuusi over alleged abuse of office and improper conduct 6. MAY 18TH 2017– Kano Pace said the Emir will appear before the state house of assembly committee if invited 7. MAY 22,2017 – The house of assembly suspended it investigation on the request of the governor after the intervention of the Then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara, Aliko Dangote, Aminu Dantata and APC national leaders. 2019- Aftermath of the governorship election 8. MARCH 12-2019– Emir Muhammadu Sanusi calls for calm after the Governorship election was declared inconclusive and seized the opportunity to expressed gratitude to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Wakili“ The people of Kano are happy with the reform he brought to the police. He has restored the credibility and confidence of the population in the police and prayed to Allah that he will continue the way he has started and maintain the confidence of people.” 9. April 7 2019- Governor Abdullahi Ganduje accused Police Commissioner of being biased against the APC 10. MAY 2 2019– Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission invited One of the Emirate officials Alhaji Isa Bayero to appear before the chairman on May 6 to explain some payment vouchers bearing his name from 2013 to 2017 11. MAY 5 2019- Kano state House of assembly Speaker Kabiru Alhassan Rurum read a petition by Mallam Ibrahim Salisu Chambers requesting the house to create four additional emirates in the state The house unanimously endorsed the petition and agreed on an amendment of the law establishing the Kano Emirate Council to pave the way for the creation of the…


COURT STOPS KANO GOVT FROM REINSTATING SANUSI A Federal High Court presided by Justice Liman has granted an ex-parte order restraining Kano State Government from reinstating Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II. The judge gave the order on Thursday night despite the fact that he is reportedly in the US. The case was filed by a traditional title holder, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba, Aminu Babba-Dan’Agundi. Granting the order, the judge granted leave to the Plaintiff/Applicant to issue and serve their Concurrent Originating Motion as well as all other court processes on the 6th Defendant (IGP) in FCT Abuja and outside the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court. “That parties are hereby ordered to maintain status quo ante the passage and assent of the bill pending hearing of the Fundamental Rights application. “That In view of the Constitutional and Jurisdictional Issues apparent on theface of the application, parties shall address the Court on same at the hearing of theFundamental Rights application which is fixed for the 3rd of June, 2024. “That in order to maintain the peace and security of the state, an Interim Injunction of this Honourable Court is granted restraining the Respondents from enforcing, executing, implementing and operationalizing the Kano State Emirate Law Council (Repeal) Law. “That parties are hereby ordered to maintain status quo ante the passage and assent of the bill into pending the hearing of the Fundamental Rights application.The judge therefore adjourned the case is adjourned to 3rd day of June, 2024 for hearing of the Fundamental Rights application.


DETHRONED KANO EMIRS GIVEN 48 HOURS TO HANDOVER Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has asked the Emirs who were removed following the return of Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi as Emir of Kano to leave the palaces within the next 48 hours. Five emirs appointed by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje are the ones mainly affected by the order. Ganduje had split Kano emirate into five and appointed an emir for each. Among the newly created Emirates were Karaye, Gaya, Bichi and Rano. But the Kano House of Assembly controlled by the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) had repealed the law which Ganduje used to make the changes. The lawmakers had transmitted their bill to Governor Yusuf who signed it into law on Thursday evening.Addressing a media briefing after signing the law, Governor Yusuf directed the sacked monarchs to vacate official residences and palaces and hand over to the Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs within two days.


SANUSI HURRIEDLY LEAVES PUBLIC FUNCTION IN RIVERS AFTER REINSTATEMENT Reinstated Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Thursday, hurriedly left Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, shortly after delivering his keynote speech at the ongoing Rivers State Economic and Investment Summit. Sanusi was in the middle of delivering his speech when there was newsbreak about his reinstatement as Emir of Kano. This led to increased security around the traditional ruler as at the time he was exiting the Obi Wali International Conference Centre venue of the summit in Port Harcourt, thereby making it impossible for journalists to have a brief chat with him. Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has congratulated Sanusi II on his reinstatement as the 14th Emir of Kano. Fubara, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, said that he received the news of the reinstatement of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) with great excitement, particularly coming at a time Khalifa Sanusi II was in the state to add impetus to his administration’s initiative to reshape the economic trajectory of the state. The governor noted that his reinstatement by the Kano State government at this time showed that Muhammad Sanusi II’s dethronement on March 9, 2020, was against the wishes and aspirations of the great people of Kano State, and therefore, an unjust act to the millions of people who believed in his reign while on the revered throne. He commended the Kano State government for listening to the yearnings of the people, and acting to correct the wrongs of the past, and urged the people to give the Sarki of the ancient city of Kano the maximum support to succeed. Fubara also urged the spiritual leader of the Tijanniyah Sufi order of Nigeria, Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, to lead the over 50 million adherents of the Sufi order in Nigeria with love, wisdom and courage while bringing lasting peace, justice, equity and fairness to all in the city of Kano.He wished the 14th Emir of Kano a successful and fruitful reign that will bring progress and prosperity to the people of the state.


SANUSI ON WAY BACK AS KANO ASSEMBLY REPEALS GANDUJE’S EMIRATES COUNCIL LAW Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II may have have been on his way back as the Emir of Kano as the State House of Assembly has passed a bill repealing the former law which dethroned him, and established five new emirates. With the passage of the bill, all offices established under the repealed law have been set aside. Also, all district heads elevated or appointed under the repealed law are to revert to their previous positions. Following the passage of the bill, authoritative sources told the Leadership newspaper that Sanusi II may have been reinstated as the Emir of Kano and would be expected in Kano on Friday. Leadership quoted the sources as sayi, “So certainly with the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated. No need for confirmation, the thing is to wait for the Governor to assent to it.” The Kano State Emirates Council (Amendment number 2) Law, 2024, was sponsored by the Majority Leader and member representing the Dala Constituency, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa. The law which created five new emirates was first assented to by ex-Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on December 5, 2019. The former governor assented to an amendment to the law on 14 October, 2020 and signed another amendment on 11 April, 2023. Section 3(1) of the law established five distinct emirates; Kano, Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye, with Kano and Karaye having eight local government areas of jurisdiction each, while Bichi and Gaya emirates share 9 local government areas of jurisdiction each, Rano Emirate enjoys jurisdiction over 10 local government areas out of the 44 local councils in the state. When Emir Muhammadu Sanusi, who chaired the council, was deposed on March 9, 2020, the law was amended to read: “There shall be the chairman of the council who shall be the emir, Kano Emirate”. Section 12 provides that the governor may grade the office of an emir first, second, or third class subject to the approval of the House of Assembly. A principal officer of the assembly, who did not want his name mentioned, said “no Jupiter can stop the assembly from amending the law.” The then restructuring of the Kano Emirate is seen as a political manoeuvre to diminish the influence of then Emir Sanusi II, a vocal critic of the former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration. The creation of the new emirates fragmented the authority of the old Kano Emirate Council, diluting its power and influence.Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, who sponsored the Amendment Bill, shortly after Thursday’s session, revealed to journalists that, “the bill has been sent to the governor for assent, now there is no longer an active Emir in Kano in all the five Emirates; Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye. The law now provides the governor to call on the traditional kingmakers to choose a new king.”


I’LL KEEP CONTESTING FOR PRESIDENCY AS LONG AS I’M ALIVE – ATIKU The 2023 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has vowed to keep contesting as long as he’s healthy. Atiku spoke during an interview on the Hausa service of the Voice of America in Abuja. Asked if he will contest again, Atiku said: “Of course, I will keep contesting again and again as long as I am alive and healthy. “Even the former US President Abraham Lincoln contested seven times before finally winning. “However, given the current state of the PDP, it is clear that a single-handed effort will not suffice to win the election. Strong support and collaboration with other parties are required.” The former Vice President will be 81 by the time the next presidential election comes around in 2027. Atiku has run for the presidency six times but has been on the ballot as a presidential candidate on three occasions — 2007, 2019, and 2023. Abubakar said he is consoled by the fact that former United States President Abraham Lincoln did not win the presidential vote on the first time of asking. He also spoke about the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the party needs to be united and forge alliances with other political groups to win the presidential election in 2027. This is coming amid speculation of him forming a coalition with other political parties. Last week, Atiku had met with his counterpart from the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi. “This is to anybody that thinks there is going to be a misunderstanding between me and Obi, let me assure you that not even a small issue is going to happen between us.“Also, we are going to be behind anybody that will be chosen to represent us in the forthcoming elections,” he said about the meeting.


GANDUJE, APC NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, GIVEN 16-DAY ULTIMATUM TO CONVENE ORGANS’ MEETINGS National chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has been given a 16-day ultimatum to convene meetings of various organs of the party or face legal action. The various organs of the APC which have not met since he assumed office on August 3, 2023, are the National Executive Committee (NEC) which is the second highest decision-making organ, after the national convention; National Caucus and the National Advisory Council, also called the Board of Trustees (BoT). Of all the organs, only the National Working Committee (NWC) which is in charge of day-to-day running of the party has been meeting. In a letter dated May 21, 2024, and addressed to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former national vice chairman (North West) of the APC, Salihu Mohammed Lukman, asked the President to compel Ganduje to convene meetings of those organs within 16 days or face legal action. The letter made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, copied Vice President Kashim Shettima; Senate President, Godswill Akpabio; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abbas Tajudeen; Chairman, Progressive Governors’ Forum, Hope Uzodinma, and Ganduje. The letter reads in part, “l am compelled to kindly draw Your Excellency’s attention that as it is, our party is operating almost blindly without recourse to provisions of the APC Constitution. Meetings of organs as specified by relevant provisions of the APC Constitution are not taking place. “Decisions, which established organs of the party are expected to take, are being taken by individual leaders outside those organs. One of the critical organs, the Board of Trustees, which is renamed National Advisory Council has not been inaugurated since the formation of the APC in July 2013. “With such reality, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has appropriated the powers of all organs and in its name the National Chairman is taking discretionary decisions. “With such reality, many of the decisions taken not only violate sections of the APC Constitution but also undermine Sections 221 — 229 of Part Il of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended as well as the Electoral Act 2022. “I want to kindly demand that every necessary initiative should be started between now May 21, 2024 and June 7, 2024 to activate all organs of the APC in line with the extant provisions of the party’s constitution.“Failure to do that will compel me as a patriotic Nigerian and loyal party member who has paid his dues to seek legal redress. Democracy is meaningless without functional political parties.”