The Kano State Government said on Saturday that the court order purportedly stopping the inauguration of the four emirs in Kano was belated as the emirs were appointed on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
Also, the government maintained that it has not been served with any order restraining Governor Abdullahi Ganduje from further action on implementing the new law that balkanizes the Emirate in the ancient city of Kano.
According to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar, the court order was reportedly issued around 5pm on Friday May 10, 2019, a day after the new emirs had formally accepted their appointments.
Anwar said in the statement that inauguration of the Emirs of Rano, Karaye, Gaya and Bichi went ahead on Saturday as planned.
He said; “Letters of the Notification of Appointment were written from the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, since Thursday, May 9, 2019 and were despatched to the concerned Emirs the following day Friday, May 10, 2019, in the very early hours of the day.”
The Governor’s spokesman stated that the letters dated May 9, 2019, had reference SSG/REPA/5/A/86/T and were addressed to the newly appointed Emirs.
Each letter read: “In accordance with the power conferred on the Governor by the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Amended Law 2019 (1440 AH) which provides the creation of more Emirates.
“ I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR for your appointment as First Class Emir of (Bichi) (Karaye) (Rano) (Gaya) Emirate.”
The statement further said that all the four new emirs formally accepted the appointment, adding that the new Emir of Karaye, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II forwarded his acceptance letter at about 12 noon on Friday,May 10, 2019
Similarly, the Emir of Rano, Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Il sent in his letter around 10:15 am while the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and the Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir, forwarded theirs at 10am and 10:30am respectively.
The statement therefore said the ceremony held at the Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, Kofar Mata, on Saturday was merely for the new emirs to thank the Governor for finding them worthy of the appointments. – NAN