Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, has appointed Muhammadu Sanusi II, emir of Kano, as the head of the council of chiefs.
In November, a high court in the state sacked four emirs installed by the governor, dismissing the law creating additional emirates.
But in December, the governor signed into law a new bill seeking the creation of four additional emirates in the state.
In a statement issued on Monday, Abba Anwar, the governor’s spokesperson, said Sanusi will now head the council of chiefs while the newly appointed emirs will serve as members.
Sanusi is expected to serve a term of two years, according to the new emirate council law.
“By the powers conferred on the Governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR, by Sections 4 (2) (g) and Section 5((1) (2) of the Kano State Emirate Councils Law 2019, he makes the following appointments; that His Highness, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano Emirate, as Chairman Kano State Council of Chiefs,” the statement read.
“Among other members of the State Council of Chiefs are all other Four First Class Emirs of Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, Alhaji Dr Tafida Abubakar (Autan Bawo), Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II and Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir, who are also automatic members of the Council, as enshrined in the State Emirate Council Law.
“Others according to this Section comprises at least Ten (10) Kingmakers, 2 each from the Five (5) Emirates mentioned under Section 3(1) of the Law, Chief Imam of each Emirate.
“Other members include a representative of the Business Community from each Emirate to be appointed by the Governor, as the names of Alhaji Dalhat Al-Hamsad and Alhaji Auwalu Abdullahi Rano are appointed by the Governor, as two of them.
“So also the Law stipulates, as members of the State Council of Chiefs, a representative of Security Agencies, the Police, State Security Service and Civil Defence Corps. And not more than two (2) other members to be appointed by the Governor, the names of Alhaji Nasiru Aliko Koki is nominated as member of the State Council of Chiefs, under this category. And then the Secretary of the Council who would be appointed by the Council of Chiefs.
“Section 5(1), (2) of the Law provides that, the Chairmanship of the State Council of Chiefs shall be rotational among the Five (5) Emirs of the Emirates and the sequence of which is to be determined by the Governor and the Chairman shall serve for a period of two (2) years only.”
The governor asked Sanusi to immediately summon the inaugural meeting of the council in accordance with the provisions of the law.
He also asked members of the council to take the opportunity to serve the people and to strengthen the traditional system of administration in the state.