Despite court orders stopping their creation, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has maintained that the four newly established Emirate Councils have come to stay.
Ganduje stated that new Emirates were created without any ulterior motive to hurt anybody or group of individuals.
He said this during a condolence visit to Rano Emir’s Palace over the death of the wife of Justice Wada Rano, Hajiya Khadija Wada Rano, after visiting the family house of the deceased all in Rano local government.
The Governor claimed that as a son of a Village Head, he can I do cannot take actions that will jeopardise the corporate existence of their long-standing heritage.
“If you count my ancestors, not less than ten of them were village heads up to my biological father. So I really don’t understand when people say my government is up for harming this noble institution.”
“When he was signing the Law establishing the four additional Emirate Councils of Rano, Bichi, Karaye, and Gaya, I made it categorically clear that the aim for the new Councils was primarily to push development closer to the people at the grassroots.
“After my second term inauguration, we will come up with a new and modern strategy for the development of our state. Such strategy would incorporate, at a closer approach, with our Emirate Councils. That was why we realised the need for having these Emirate Councils.”
“We needed to give a booster to the existing traditional institution and also a means of waking up the sleeping traditional institution”.
“Rano Emirate Council was also part of the places where Shehu Dan Fodio recognised. The Rano Emirate Council was part of the original Dan Fodio Caliphate,” he added.
Governor Ganduje reveals further that, after his inauguration for the second tenure, his administration would work hand in hand with Rano Emirate Council to organise Security Summit for the area covering Falgore forest up to border towns around Saminaka in Kaduna state.
“Security situation must be improved. We will, therefore, work in tandem with our respected and respectful Emirates to bring forth a more secure environment. Our traditional institutions being closer to the people should know all movements of people surrounding them, particularly strangers,” he instructed.
Meanwhile, a Kano State High Court, had last Wednesday, insisted its order restraining Ganduje from giving effect to the appointment of new Emirs was still in force pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Also in opposition to the move, Kingmakers in Kano employed the services of 7 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANS) and 17 other lawyers to challenge the creation of 4 new Kano Emirates.
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