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Bayero Only Ruled 8 LGs, Never Emir of Kano – Official

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The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, Sanusi Bature, has clarified the status of Aminu Ado Bayero’s tenure as Emir amidst ongoing legal disputes.

Speaking on Arise Television, on Saturday, Bature emphasised that Bayero was never officially recognized as the Emir of Kano, but rather appointed as the Emir of the eight metropolitan local governments within Kano city by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Bature attributed this appointment to what he described as the politicisation and fragmentation of the historic Kano Emirate.

He said the move was aimed at undermining its traditional integrity.

“The previous administration of Ganduje decided to bastardize that history and bring politics into it,” Bature asserted.

“The politicisation of the Emirate is what Governor Yusuf promised to restore during his campaign.”

Highlighting recent legislative changes, Bature explained that the revised law unified the Kano Emirate under one leadership, rendering Bayero’s former jurisdiction over the eight metropolitan areas obsolete.

“Aminu Ado Bayero was the 14th Emir of Kano, but his jurisdiction was restricted to the eight metropolitan local governments, which no longer exist under the revised law,” Bature clarified.

Governor Abba Yusuf deposed Aminu Ado Bayero and reinstated Muhammad Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano, a decision that sparked legal challenges and resistance from Bayero, who has remained at his Nassarawa palace despite the state government’s actions.

The legal battle stems from the Kano Emirates Council (Repeal) Law, 2024, which was passed by the State House of Assembly and subsequently signed into law by Yusuf.

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