Mukhtar Yahya Usman
Eleven district heads in Kano state have defied a directive by the state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to attend Hawan Daushe durbar at their newly created emirates.
KANO TODAY recalls that Mr Ganduje’s directive was issued in response to an earlier order by Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II inviting District Heads from all 44 local governments in Kano to attend the Hawan Daushe in Kano city.
A statement issued by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the governor on his Facebook page urged the district heads to shun Emir Sanusi’s invitation.
Mr Anwar said only district heads under the jurisdiction of the Kano Emirate should attend the Hawan Daushe at Kano, while district heads in the four new emirates created by the Ganduje administration should attend the durbar at their respective emirate capitals.
However 11 district heads whose territories fall under the new emirates participated in the Kano Hawan Daushe on Monday.
These include Madakin Kano Yusuf Nabahani of Dawakin Tofa, Dan Amar Aliyu Harizimi Umar of Doguwa, Dokaji Muhammadu Aliyu of Garko, Makama Sarki Ibrahim of Wudil, Sarkin Fulanin Ja’idinawa Buhari Muhammad of Garun Malam, and Barde Idris Bayero of Bichi.
Others are Sarkin Bai Mukhtar Adnan of Danbatta, Yarima Lamido Abubakar of Takai, Dan Isa Kabiru Hashim of Warawa, Dan Madami Ibrahim Hamza Bayero of Kiru, and Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta Bello Abubakar of Gabasawa.
The district heads’ defiance is in continuation of the running battle between Mr Ganduje and Emir Sanusi II.
The Ganduje administration is accusing the Emir of supporting its political opponents, an allegation he has always denied.
Mr Ganduje had attempted deposing the Emir but some influential citizens persuaded him to give up.
However, in May 2019, Mr Ganduje divided the Kano Emirate into five territories and appointed four first class emirs to lead the new emirates.
34 local government areas were excised from the Kano Emirate leaving only Kano Municipal, Dala, Tarauni, Nassarawa, Fagge, Dala, Kumbotso, Ungoggo, Dawakin Kudu and Minjibir under the jurisdiction of Emir Sanusi II.
Emir of Rano, Tafida Abubakar also heads 10 local governments – Rano, Bunkure, Kibiya, Takai, Sumaila, Kura, Doguwa, Tudun Wada, Kiru, and Bebeji.
Bichi Emirate headed by Emir Aminu Ado Bayero has nine local governments – Bichi, Bagwai, Shanono, Tsanyawa, Kunchi, Makoda, Danbatta, Dawakin Tofa, and Tofa.
Gaya Emirate under Emir Ibrahim Abdulkadir comprises of eight local governments – Gaya, Ajingi, Albasu, Wudil, Garko, Warawa, Gezawa, and Gabasawa.
Karaye Emirate led by Emir Ibrahim Abubakar II has seven local governments – Karaye, Rogo, Gwarzo, Kabo, Rimin Gado, Madobi, and Garun Malan.