The governor of Kano State, Mr. Abdullahi Ganduje today presented appointment letters to four newly appointed Emirs in the state despite a restraining from the state High Court.
Those presented the letters were the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, Emir of Karaye, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II, Emir of Rano, Alhaji Tafida Abubakar and Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the at the Indoor Sports Hall of Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata, Ganduje urged the emirs to advance harmonious development in the entire state.
He urged them to strive hard to unite the people of their area irrespective of their differences.
He said that their appointment would encourage active and deeper participation of people of Kano State, especially in the rural communities in the affairs of the state.
“It will also encourage active participation of traditional rulers in the areas of agriculture, education, health and security,” he added.
Besides, he urged the district heads in the new emirates to exhibit their loyalty to the new emirs.
In their separate speeches, the new traditional rulers thanked the state government, Ganduje and the house of assembly and all others for their support and show of love.
They pledged to work for the peace, security and progress of the state, as well as justify the confidence reposed in them by the people by carrying everybody along.
It would be recalled that the Kano High Court had on Friday, May 10 restrained Ganduje from taking any action to legitimise the four new emirates.
The order followed a suit filed by one Rabi’u Sule-Gwarzo challenging the decision of the governor to create the four additional emirates in the state.
The presiding Judge, Justice Nasiru Saminu, gave an interim injunction directing all parties involved in the suit to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
But the governor went ahead to name the new emirs.
Premium Times quotes the spokesman for the governor, Mr. Abba Anwar, as saying in a statement issued on Saturday that the governor did not receive any court order restraining him from further action concerning “the newly appointed emirs of Rano, Karaye, Gaya and Bichi Emirates.”
The statement further noted that letters of notification of appointment were written from the office of the secretary to the state government, Alhaji Alhaji, “since Thursday 9th May, 2019…and were dispatched to the concerned (prospective) Emirs the following day Friday 10th May, 2019, in the very early hours of the day.”
“In letters dated 9th May, 2019, with reference number SSG/REPA/5/A/86/T, to the newly appointed Emirs, each letter states that: ‘In accordance with the power conferred on the Governor by the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Amended Law 2019 (1440 AH) which provides the creation of more Emirates,
‘I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR for your appointment as First Class Emir of (Bichi) (Karaye) (Rano) (Gaya) Emirate,’” the statement said.
The statement observed that, while the said court pronouncement came after 5pm.on Friday, May 10, all the Emirs returned their acceptances forms from 10am to 12 noon, same day, “hours before the court pronouncement was made.”
According to the statement “the new Emir of Karaye, Ibrahim Abubakar II signed his acceptance by 12 noon; Emir of Rano, Tafida Abubakar-Ila, signed his acceptance by 10:15am; Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado Bayero, signed his by 10am and the Emir of Gaya, Ibrahim Abdulkadir, signed his letter by 10:30am.
“But with the new development, the ‘Emirs’ would only thank the Governor during the Stadium event, for appointing them and serving them with their appointment letters since Friday morning of 10th May, 2019, through the office of the secretary to the state government,” the statement added.