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Emirate Tussle Fizzles Out: Over 40 District Heads Pays Allegiance To Sanusi As Ado Bayero Throws In The Towel

The former Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero, has publicly acknowledged his removal from the throne as an act of divine will.

This statement came after the recent legislative changes in Kano State that led to his dethronement along with four other first-class monarchs.

These changes reversed the 2019 law initiated by ex-Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, which had expanded the Kano Emirate by creating new emirates and appointing new emirs.

Governor Abba Bichi Yusuf repealed this law, which resulted in the sacking of the emirs appointed under Ganduje and led to the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi, who was dethroned as the Emir of Kano in 2020.

Following the signing of the new law, the affected emirs were given 48 hours to vacate their palaces and hand over their duties to the Commissioner of Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs.

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In a reflective interview with BBC Hausa, Bayero expressed a serene acceptance of the recent developments, stating he harbored no resentment towards any party involved.

“I have accepted this as God’s will,” Bayero said, indicating a philosophical approach to his sudden change in fortune.

He also mentioned that he has no intentions to seek legal redress or challenge the governor’s decision in court.

Further, the former Emir conveyed his readiness to continue serving his community in any capacity, should such an opportunity arise.

Meanwhile no fewer than 40 district heads and significant figures among the senior council members renewing their allegiance to the new emir, the raging tension around the emir ship in the state has finally fizzled out.

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Upon taking up residence in the palace, 40 district heads and council members prostrated themselves before him, signifying their official endorsement of his position as the rightful Emir of Kano.

Notable among those that paid homage were the five kingmakers, including Madaki, Wali, Makama, Sarkin Bai, and Sarkin Dawaki Mai tuta.

Others included Waziri, Turaki, Sarkin Shanu, Danburan, Dan İsa, Dan Lawan Dan Amar Magajin Gari, Dan Majen, Dan Kade, Matawalle, Sarkin Fulanin Jaidanawa, Magajin Malam, Dokaji, and Dandarman Kano.

The remaining were Marafa, Dallatu, Magajin Rafi, Sarkin Fada, Bunun, Baura, Dan Madamin, Dan Galadima, Talba, San Turaki, Dangoriba, Dan Maliki, Falaki, Yarima, Baraya, Zanna, Yan Daka, Fagaci, Dan Masani, and Wakilin Barden Kano.

The emir subsequently met with several interest groups, including the vigilante, women organizations, private individuals and well-wishers who had gathered at the palace to show their respects and loyalty.

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Prior to the council meeting, Emir Sanusi, who was greeted with admiration and jubilation, emerged in ground style on white royal horse from his inner palace in the famous Gidan Rumfa, acknowledging warm greetings from his subjects.

Recall that Bichi stakeholders, in a statement released on Sunday regarding the ongoing saga about the dissolved Emirates in Kano State, described the action of the state governor, Abba Yusuf and the State House of Assembly as an “unpopular decision.”

The statement, signed by 39 stakeholders in the Emirate, added that they have done nothing wrong to warrant the dissolution and the sack of their Emir.

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