A group of Kano elders on Sunday urged Kano State Governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, to repeal the law creating additional emirates in the state.
The elders described the action of the governor as an attempt to rewrite and destroy the over 1000 years’ heritage of the ancient city.
The statement signed by the presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), Bashir Tofa, read in part: “The Advocates for United Kano is a non-partisan group of citizens from all professions and backgrounds, who are law-abiding and irrevocably committed to the peace and progress of our dear state.
“Consequently, we hereby express deep concern about the persistence of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at the destruction of the Kano Emirate, a product of the efforts of our forefathers, which has survived for centuries, championing purposeful administration and scholarship in Kano State and beyond.
“It is without doubt that the Kano Emirate has, for centuries, been a formidable force in shaping the character and economic outlook of the Kano society in particular and Nigeria as a whole. Unfortunately, however, the actions of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, which, to a great extent, borders on personal margins, and unequivocally bent on destroying that legacy.”
The group also lamented that the governor was deliberately attempting to politicise the emirate, therefore ignoring every effort of well-meaning individuals that cautioned him.
“Well-meaning citizens, cutting across various spheres of endeavour (religious, political, academic, legal and judicial) have expressed views that despite the ill-conceived action of the governor, Kano Emirate ‘has remained the most influential emirate in the Sokoto Caliphate under the control of the Emir of Kano, traversing the entire territory that is now known as Kano State.
“The governor has been cautioned to apply reason and rectitude in contemplating dissecting the Kano Emirate to meet certain political ends. But political impunity and vendetta have beclouded his good senses of reasoning and judgment. Clearly, he is resolute in the mission of destroying the legacy of Sheik Usman Dan Fodio, which Kano Emirate duly represents.
“The governor, for political reasons, has deliberately overlooked the numerous words of wisdom, written to him formally and/or expressed through various media and went heedlessly ahead to sign into law the obnoxious bill, creating four additional emirates within the historical jurisdiction of the Kano Emirate.
“He also trampled the sound counselling adduced by lawyers and courts of appropriate jurisdictions and continued with the unilateral action, leading to the creation of the new emirates.”
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