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Atiku criticizes FG involvement in Kano emirate dispute, slams deployment of soldiers in the state

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has voiced concerns over the Federal Government’s involvement in the recent return of the deposed Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, to the ancient city.

In a Saturday post on X, Atiku, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), warned against any actions that might destabilize the peace of Kano State.

“The deployment of soldiers by the Federal Government in Kano amid the tussle over the throne of the ancient city disrupts the state’s peace and security, violating the 1999 Constitution as amended,” Atiku stated.

Atiku emphasized the legality of recent actions taken by the Kano State government. “The Kano State House of Assembly (KSHA) lawfully passed the amended Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 under Section 4 of the Constitution, which Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf subsequently signed into law.

This new law repealed the 2019 version that divided the ancient Kano Emirate into five.”

He continued, “These actions were conducted within the legal framework and with the Governor’s authority under Section 5(2) of the 1999 Constitution, following consultations with the Kingmakers of Kano.

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, also known as Muhammadu Sanusi II, was reappointed as the 16th Emir of Kano and was formally handed a letter of appointment.”

Atiku expressed surprise at the events that unfolded early Saturday morning. “Around 5:30 a.m., former Emir of Kano, His Majesty Aminu Ado Bayero, with Federal support, entered the Nasarawa Palace of the Kano Emirate while the reappointed Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II, was at Gidan Dabo, the main residence of the Emir of Kano.”

He concluded with a stern reminder to the current administration, “The Tinubu administration must remember that Kano State has a long history of peace and harmony. Any attempts to disrupt this peace in the Land of Commerce will be firmly resisted.

Recall that when Muhammadu Sanusi II was dethroned on March 9, 2020, Kano remained peaceful without any unrest.”

Atiku’s comments underscore the sensitivity of the situation and highlight the importance of maintaining stability in Kano, a state with significant historical and economic importance.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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