A storm of reactions by Nigerians has greeted a court order declaring the appointment and the installation of four new emirs in Kano state, northern Nigeria as “null and void.”
The court the ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the emirs.
This online news platform recalls that Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi’s status as the only first-class emir in the state was whittled when the Kano state government led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje balkanized the emirate, carving out four new emirates and appointing first class emirs to rule them, followed an unusually fast passage of a bill by the Kano State House of Assembly.
Kano state has five emirates: Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi with all Emirs expected to have equal powers as well as being on the same first-class status as Emir Sanusi.
Governor Ganduje was accused of carrying out a personal vendetta against the Emir of Kano in order to whittle down his influence but the governor insisted the future of the state was taken into consideration before Kano Emirate was divided into five smaller units.
“For easier local administration as Kano state moves in a new direction to deliver community-based growth, we have decided to create 4 new Emirates for our great state,” Ganduje said on May 10.
However, moments after the court declared the appointment and the installation of the new emirates null and void, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to air their opinions on the judgement.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
U have to admire how govt works for #Nigeria's big men: Whn @GovUmarGanduje wants to deal wth his enemies, law is passed in 36 hrs; he signs it minutes; courts issue restraining orders in hrs & declare on it similarly. Wait until it's poor man's turn….
— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) May 15, 2019
Alhamdulillahi i want congratulate the nation judiciary for doing a wonderful job. As Kano Court declares Ganduje’s appointment of New Emirs as Null and Void. And also declares his Eminence Muhammadu Sanusi II as the only recognized Emir of Kano state.#KanoAgainstNewEmirates pic.twitter.com/1v587h9RW2
— Sarkin Kano ? (@arafatrogo) May 15, 2019
so Kano Court void Ganduje's appointment of new emirs. this should be fun ??
— Sodiq? (@adelekesodiq_) May 15, 2019
Kano court declares appointment of new emirs null and void is a welcome development and truly if i have my way, will urge Emir Sanusi to stay strong and remain steadfast. He is better of an activist and Nigeria President. #IamOBA pic.twitter.com/4PCU9MmAIT
— OBA | iFollowBack (@obabiliamin2023) May 15, 2019
Kano High Court declares Ganduje's appointments of new Emirs null and void.
VAR is determined to preserve our cultural heritage. pic.twitter.com/k2geqpXYkl
— Usman Gorki (@ugorki) May 15, 2019