‘It’s will of Allah’ – ex-Emir of Gaya speaks on dethronement

Aliyu Abdulkadir, dethroned Emir of Gaya, says he has accepted his faith.

On Friday, Abba Yusuf, governor of Kano, dethroned the Emirs of Bichi, Rano, Karaye, Kano and Gaya, and reinstated Muhammad Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano.

Sanusi was dethroned in 2020 after he fell out with Abdullahi Ganduje, former governor of the state.

Yusuf gave the sacked monarchs 48 hours to vacate their palaces.


While the Emirs of Bichi, Rano, Karaye, and Gaya have complied with the directive, Aminu Ado Bayero, dethroned emir of the Kano, has not. Bayero has called on the “authorities” to ensure justice.

Speaking with BBC Hausa, Abdulkadir said he believes that the development was predestined before he was born.

The former emir said he has no plan to challenge the Kano state government over its decision to sack him, adding that he does not hold any grudge against anybody.


“If this happens to anyone, he will not be happy, but Allah has brought it, no matter what, there is an end to it,” he said.

“Allah has written it even before we were born that it will be, so we should not be angry about anything. This is Allah’s doing and we accepted it with open arms.” ​​

“We are the acceptors of destiny. This is what Allah willed and this is what will be done. We have no intention of going to court. We have accepted destiny, we thank God.”

There have been protests in some parts of Kano because of the governor’s decision to reinstate Sanusi.

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