Why Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II may be reinstated as Emir of Kano

By Innocent Raphael

Former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II may be reinstated as the Kano State House of Assembly has repealed the Emirates Council Law 2024.

While an official announcement is still pending, sources close to the matter have confirmed to online media LEADERSHIP that Sanusi II’s reinstatement is imminent, with his return to Kano expected on Friday.

“With the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated,” said an insider.

“There’s no need for further confirmation; the next step is for the Governor to assent to it.” said the Sources.

The restructuring of the Kano Emirate in 2019 was widely viewed as a political move aimed at reducing Sanusi II’s influence, who had been a vocal critic of the then-Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration.

The creation of the new emirates diluted the power of the old Kano Emirate Council by fragmenting its authority.

Following Thursday’s session, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, the Majority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly and sponsor of the Amendment Bill, informed journalists that the bill had been sent to the governor for assent.

“There is no longer an active Emir in Kano across the five Emirates—Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano, and Karaye. The law now requires the governor to call on the traditional kingmakers to choose a new king,” he stated.

Accordingly too, all district heads elevated or appointed under the repealed law are to revert to their previous positions, restoring the traditional structure of the Kano Emirate.

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