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Don’t Destabilise Kano, Opposition Federal lawmakers Tell FG

Opposition federal lawmakers from different political parties under the aegis of G-60 have urged the Federal Government to steer clear the royal crisis sparking tension…

Opposition federal lawmakers from different political parties under the aegis of G-60 have urged the Federal Government to steer clear the royal crisis sparking tension in the state.

Following a repeal of the Kano State Emirates Council Law, Abba Yusuf, governor of Kano, had reinstated Muhammadu Sanusi as Emir of Kano.

While issuing a reappointment letter to Sanusi on Friday, Yusuf ordered the Emirs affected by the law to vacate their palaces within 48 hours.

Emir Sanusi later led Jumat prayers at Government House before moving to the palace.

But few hours after Sanusi entered the palace, the dethroned Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, arrived the state and settled into a mini palace.

Yusuf had ordered his arrest, saying the dethroned monarch was fueling tension.

Addressing a press briefing at the headquarters of the command on Saturday morning, the commissioner of Police, Usaini Mohammed Gumel, said security operatives would obey the court order which restrained the Kano government from reinstating Sanusi.

There have been disturbing developments since then, with a series of protests across the state on Sunday.

Weighing in on the issue the G-60 lawmakers asked the Federal Government not to destabilise the already fragile North-western state by wobbling in the chieftaincy affairs of the Kano Emirate which is internal and within the purview of the Kano government authority.

In a statement jointly signed by Obi Aguocha of Labour Party and Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), they said: “We members of (G-60) Opposition Coalition met, examined and deliberated on the developments in Kano State regarding the reinstatement of Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

“We therefore resolved that the Federal Government should not destabilise Kano State and allow Emir Sanusi reign peacefully as it will be fanning embers of fire for a the Federal Government to wobble into the Chieftaincy affairs of state because it does not fall under its Constitutional authority.

“We want to state unequivocally that we are in full and firm support of the Kano State Government’s reinstatement of Emir Sanusi whose removal and banishment was an attack and desecration of the revered ancient traditional institution in the first instance and the collection of this anomaly deserves support of all peace and justice loving Nigerians.

“We were taken aback by the alleged role of some top federal security outfits in facilitating the return of Bayero to the palace by providing him with two private jets but since they had denied the claim, let’s give them the benefit of doubt.

“We can not fold our hands and indeed many Nigerians will not just look away and allow the traditional institution which is repository of our cultural heritage trampled upon by anyone or institution using Federal machinery sustained by tax payers money.”

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