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Atiku Condemns Federal Government’s Role in Kano Emirate Crisis

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Former Vice President Abubakar Atiku has expressed strong disapproval of the Federal Government’s decision to deploy soldiers in Kano amidst the ongoing tussle over the throne of the ancient city.

In a statement, Atiku criticized the action as a disruption to the state’s peace and security and a violation of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

The crisis after the Kano State House of Assembly passed the amended Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024.

Subsequently, Kano State Governor Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf signed the bill into law, effectively repealing the 2019 legislation that had divided the Kano Emirate into five separate entities.

“These events occurred within the legal framework and the powers granted to the Governor by Section 5(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended,” Atiku stated.

“The Governor, in consultation with the Kingmakers of Kano, reappointed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, also known as Muhammadu Sanusi II, as the 16th Emir of Kano State and formally presented him with a letter of appointment.”

However, Atiku noted with concern the actions that unfolded early this morning. “At approximately 5:30 am, the former Emir of Kano, His Majesty Aminu Ado Bayero, supported by federal forces, entered the Nasarawa Palace of the Kano Emirate.

“Meanwhile, the reappointed Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II, was at Gidan Dabo, the main residence of the Emir of Kano.”

Atiku called on the Tinubu administration to respect Kano State’s longstanding tradition of peace and harmony. He warned against any actions that could destabilize the region.

“We need to remind the Tinubu administration that Kano State is known for peace and harmony spanning thousands of years, and any attempt to destabilize the peace of the Land of Commerce shall be resisted,” he said.

He also referenced the peaceful aftermath of the previous dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020, as evidence of the state’s ability to maintain stability without external interference.

“Recall that when Muhammadu Sanusi II was dethroned, Kano forged on in peace without any fracas,” Atiku concluded.

Atiku’s remarks underscore the need for respecting constitutional processes and preserving the autonomy and traditions of the Kano Emirate, cautioning against federal overreach and its potential consequences on local stability.

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