Fated to fall

Tue Mar 10th, 2020 - Jigawa

Yesterday, March 9, 2020, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State did what his former charismatic predecessor, the late Abubakar Rimi, planned to, but could not do: He deposed the Emir of Kano and split the Kano Emirate into four chiefdoms.

When it started, it was as if Ganduje was following in the footsteps of the late Rimi, because exactly 38 years before he split the Kano Emirate into four, Rimi had, as the governor of old Kano State that comprised the present day Jigawa State, carved same number of emirates with new emirs to be equal in status to the prestigious Emir of Kano.

That fateful April 1, 1981 the flamboyant governor designated Auyo, Dutse, Gaya and Rano as emirates, even as he described the office of an emir as an extension of other public servants that should be taking instructions from their local government council chairmen.
And just as Ganduje queried the deposed Emir of Kano, Rimi had in similar circumstances, in a move to humiliate and subjugate the Emir, sent a query signed by the Secretary to the Kano State Government (SSG), Alhaji Yahaya Sule Hamma, to the then Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, whose son had now benefitted from the deposition to step in the shoes of his father.




source: Guardian