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BREAKING: Sanusi reinstated as Emir of Kano four years after deposition

Governor Abba Yusuf has reinstalled Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, who was overthrown four years ago.

Yusuf made the announcement on Thursday, after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” Abba said.

The new law supersedes the Kano State Emirates Council Law of 2019 and dissolves the emirate councils established by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

In December 2019, Ganduje established the emirates of Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya alongside Kano, as per the law.

In March 2020, the previous governor dethroned Sanusi II following a long-running conflict.

Earlier on Thursday, the state parliament approved the repeal in plenary.

The Deputy Speaker, Muhammad Butu, argued that repealing the ordinance will restore Kano’s lost grandeur because dividing the emirate into five decreased the state’s capacity and dignity at the national level.

“This bill in its entirety has abrogated the establishment of the five new Emirates in the state and reverted to the former status of a single Emir in Kano which we inherited since the Jihad of Shehu Usman Dan Fodio,” said Majority Leader Lawal Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa after the repeal was passed on Thursday.

“The abolished Emirates did nothing but create division among the indigenes of Kano. The unity which was visible for thousands of years in Kano was divided. We are now reverting to our old historical background; one Kano, one people, one Emir,” Yan Gurasa stated.

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