Nigerians on social media have reacted to the declaration by a Kano State High Court voiding the appointment of new Emirs by the State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
DAILY POST had reported that a Kano State High Court Wednesday declared the appointment and the installation of four new emirs by Ganduje as null and void.
Justice Nasiru Saminu gave the ruling following a suit by the plaintiff, Hon. Sule Gwarzo, against the Governor and the state government, for splitting the emirate.
It ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the emirs.
On Tuesday, kingmakers in the Kano emirate filed a similar case.
In the suit with number K/197/2019 filed on Tuesday at a State High Court, Ganduje, the State House of Assembly, Attorney-General of the state and five others were listed as the defendants.
The kingmakers — Yusuf Nabahani (Madakin Kano), Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim (Makaman Kano), Bello Abubakar (Sarkin Dawaki man Tuta) and Mukhtari Adnan (Sarikin Ban Kano) — were listed as first, second, third and fourth plaintiffs respectively.
They insisted that Ganduje’s assent to the bill breaking up the emirate, was done in bad faith and the action was a desecration of centuries old tradition.
“The defendants, in purporting to amend the Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Law, 1984 have desecrated centuries old and highly revered traditions and heritage of the people of Kano and have uprooted the Plaintiffs various traditional titles without giving a hearing to the Plaintiffs and their clans or having regards to ancestral history by hurriedly enacting the Kano State Emirs law, 2019.
“The defendants desecrated the ancestral history and all known laws connected with or pertaining to Kano Emirate’s customs and tradition by: (a) establishing Bichi Emirate comprising of 9 local governments including Dawakin Tofa and Dambatta, the ancestral homes of the 1st and 4th plaintiffs. The first plaintiffs have her been under any authority of Bichi district.
“(b) Establsihing Gaya Emirate comprising 8 local governments including Wudil and Gabasawa, the ancestral homes of the 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs,” the suit read.
Meanwhile, below are some comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter on the decision of the Kano court.
@adeeji1, “We don’t really care as long as they don’t push their bills for payment by the tax payers. This is the reason Nigeria is retrogressing by being held from genuine development by trivialities and personal vendetta and hatred for visionary people who could move Nigeria forward. Shame.”
@Sakariyahu10, “Court don’t make laws, they are only permitted to interpret the already made laws by legislatures, under NGR constitution GOVR have power to installed new kings as well as to fired.”
@sule_iliyasu, “I want emir sanusi to promote nasiru bayero as new Wamnban kano as urgent as possible bcs of his loyality.”
@uchaynna, “Story for the gods. These people don’t obey court order. So what will you expect.”
@sule_iliyasu, “Alhamdulillahi i want congratulate the nation judiciary for doing a wonderful job. Congratulation to Emir Sanusi Aminu Sanusi Bayero Abdullahi Maje Karofi Ibrahim Dabo.
@iAGB4REAL, “Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Dispute of the creation of new Emirates in Kano will definitely get to your desk.Take note”#kanoagainstnewemirates. I hope you do justice to the people.”
@dadiyata, “Alhamdulillahi i want congratulate the nation judiciary for doing a wonderful job. Congratulation to Emir Sanusi Aminu Sanusi Bayero Abdullahi Maje Karofi Ibrahim Dabo.”
@AmandaBrynes1, “My question is this; those turbaned, will they be “disturbarned”or what becomes their fate?
@damaj311, “Is it the court that will pay emirs’ salaries? Null and void kor, null and void ni.”
@momoh_nas, “Wt hs come over governors in Nigeria.”
@samalicopeland3, “I love this, unruly Gandodollars.”