Don’t Destabilize Kano Over Emirate Tussle – CISLAC Warns FG


The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has urged the Federal Government to resist attempts by desperate politicians to disrupt the existing peace and harmony in Kano State.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani said the President Bola Tinubu-led administration must shun the temptation of exploiting the situation to declare a state of emergency in Kano State.

Rafsanjani made the call following the mounting tension and controversy that have trailed the deposition of 15th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and the reinstatement of the deposed 14th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II by the Kano State government.

The CISLAC boss, who expressed concern over the current power tussle involving the two monarchs, said in the statement thus; “The Federal Government must not allow itself to be used as a tool to further political interests that jeopardize the stability of the state and region.

“These developments threaten to plunge Kano State into chaos and anarchy, undermining the peace and stability of the broader Northern Nigeria region.

“Such actions are viewed as reckless and unnecessary provocations that could dismantle over 1,000 years of Kano’s political heritage”.

While also expressing concern that the court ruling, which security operatives are relying on, facilitated the controversial return of Emir Aminu Bayero to the throne, Rafsanjani noted that the said ruling came from a judge who is currently not in office but outside the country.

For Rafsanjani; “This situation raises significant concerns about the legitimacy and appropriateness of the court order.

“The reliance on what CISLAC describes as a ‘kangaroo court order’ to justify the police and other security operatives invasion of Kano State is deeply troubling and exacerbates tensions.”

Further arguing that the State government holds the constitutional power to appoint and confirm traditional leaders, including the Emir, Rafsanjani stated thus; “The attempt to usurp this power and push Kano into a state of anarchy is unacceptable.

“CISLAC firmly believes that the autonomy of the Kano State Government in managing its traditional institutions must be respected to avoid further conflict.”

In urging all relevant authorities to prioritize dialogue and lawful processes in resolving the current crisis, the CISLAC Chief Executive maintained that; “Progress in Kano is synonymous with progress in Northern Nigeria”, adding; “The current turmoil threatens to reverse the significant strides made towards development in the region.

“Concerned citizens and stakeholders must come together to preserve the integrity and progress of Kano State.”

While stressing the urgent need for caution, Rafsanjani demanded an immediate and peaceful resolution of the crisis, even as he tasked all parties involved to respect the rule of law and the rights of the Kano State Government.

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