A coalition of eighty Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Kano State on Monday called on his Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, being the leader of the Danfodio caliphate to denounce additional emirates in the state.
Recall that on 8th May, governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje created four additional emirates with First Class emirs in the state, saying the decision was for the development of the state.
However, the groups said the decision was made by Ganduje without consultation with major stakeholders and due process was not followed.
In a press conference in Kano, the groups, through their leader, Abdulrahman Baffa Yola also called on the newly appointed emirs to resign from their appointment with immediate effect.
Yola therefore called on all the elders in stateto dissociate themselves from “these unpopular actions of the government, directly or indirectly, secretly or in the open in relation to the creation of the so called new emirates, in the interest of peace and tranquility.”
“That we condemn in totality, the attitude of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led Government, for its total disregard for and disrespect of our revered elders in the state particularly with regards to their attempted efforts to intervene in the orchestrated plot of creating new emirate councils in Kano state,” the group said
He also described the appointment of the four additional emirates by the state governor as misplacement of priorities.
According to him, Kano has plethora of problems in almost every strata of life which need urgent attention of the government, but the Ganduje administration swiftly came up with a law that would not be of benefit to the people.
“There are more than five million people who do not have access to portable drinking water in Kano. Kano State is one of the states with the highest maternal mortality in Nigeria. Kano State takes the lead in substance and drug abuse in the whole country.
“Kano State has the highest number of school dropouts due to insufficient support and commitment from the Government. Kano State has the highest cases of congested classrooms in the country, with over 150 – 200 pupils in a class.
“Kano State has the highest accumulated pensions unsettled by the Government. Kano State has the highest number of poorly managed health care facilities across the state,” the coalition said
He continued, “Kano State has the lowest number of higher institutions per population.Kano State has the highest number of unsigned bills, waiting for the assent of the Governor, or implementation of the law, such as: Kano State Security Trust Fund Law – 6 Years, VAPP – Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law bill– 12 months, Child Rights Acts bill – 24 months, Procurement Law bill – 6 years, Audit Law bill, Fiscal Responsibility Law bill and
Due Process Law bill.
“Despite the above crucial bills which have great significance in the lives of the people not yet attended to, the Kano people woke up on the 12th of May Monday morning to learn about a petition made by a so called West African Institute for Legal Aid through Mal Ibrahim Salisu chambers to the Kano State House of Assembly requesting for the review of the laws creating emirate councils in Kano State, for an amendment and to consider the reorganization and upgrade of four District Areas to first class emirates, which are Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye, respectively,” said Yola .
Reacting to the allegations, the Kano State Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Muhammad Garba said the creation of additional emirates is totally the affair of the state.
According to him, the Sultan, by virtue of his position, could only mediate in the event of crisis, adding that his Eminence can not reverse the decision that followed due constitutional process.