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Emir of Kano Crisis: A ‘Good’ Politics for Tinubu, While Anarchy Looms in Kano, Nigeria

By Ikechukwu Onyia

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Kano is already on the news with growing tension over the deposing of five Emirs and reinstalling of former Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi by the Governor Abba led Kano State government.

The Deposed Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero who was outside the state when he was deposed through the Kano State Government Executive/Legislative deliberations, returned to Kano two days after he was deposed through Aminu Kano International airport in a surprise move that triggered joy for his supporters who were at hand to welcome him while chanting a verse from Holy Quoran.

“God the Almighty will kill your enemies”
“You alone we worship, and you alone we ask for help for each and everything ”

The Deposed Emir Ado Bayero in morning of Saturday moved to the mini Palace of Emir of Kano at Nassarawa part of the city with his supporters and team of security from Nigerian Army.

Shortly, the governor of the state, Abba Yusuf called for the arrest of the Emir Aminu Ado Bayero by the security agents.

Barely hours after reinstating HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano, the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has ordered the immediate arrest of the former Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.

Bature confirmed that the new Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, arrived at the palace in the company of the Governor, the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of the State Assembly, and other top government functionaries at about 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, 25th May 2024.

“As the Chief Security Officer of the state, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has directed the Commissioner of Police to arrest the deposed Emir with immediate effect for disturbing public peace and attempting to destroy the relative peace the state enjoys,” the statement reads.

Tinubu and Kano Question:

How can Nigerian Police arrest a man Nigerian Army drafted to guard?

Nigerian Police under the President Tinubu and Nigerian Army under the same President Tinubu. One wonder if this is not confusion and road to anarchy?

Meanwhile, the deputy Governor of Kano State has accused the National Security Adviser to President Tinubu, Nuhu Ribadu, as being behind the coming back of the deposed Emir of Kano.

Surprisingly, Comrade Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, The Deputy Governor of Kano, had accused the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, of facilitating the return of the dethroned Emir.

Gwarzo, in a short video interview at Emir’s palace in Gidan Rumfa, where Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, is holding forth, alleged that the NSA released two jets to bring Ado Bayero to Kano.

He said, “The National Security Adviser gave two jets to bring the dethroned emir to Kano and to bring him to the place. We don’t understand their intention.”

What Will Tinubu Gain:

Political, Tinubu and his Political strategists will prefer a sharp divided Kano, Divide and rule, or Politically ‘destroyed’ Kano on the bases of ‘if I can’t have it, let it be destroyed’ strategy.

Kano is a Political strategic State in Nigeria Politics and it is currently controlled by NNPP, and the reinstalled Emir Sanusi is of NNPP, and Tinubu is not too sure of what political games Kwankwaso led Kano Political Movement will play and will likely seize any opportunity to balkanize Kano and render it a political dwarf should Kwankwaso decide in 2027 to ally with Tinubu’s opponents.

Tinubu, known as a political futuristic strategist, is already plotting for the next election using so many proxies. Kano Emir issue may be yet another opportunity for Tinubu to set Kano up without allowing them to heal.

How do you come to terms with the fact that the office of the National Security Adviser under President Tinubu is already backing a camp in the Kano Emir issue without the knowledge of President Tinubu?

For Tinubu, it will be another politics.
But what are the consequences if Kano goes on fire? Tension is building up already in Kano, and masses have all divided themselves to either support Aminu Ado Bayero or Lamido Sanusi.

Kano is waiting to go up in flames just like Rivers State if nothing urgent is done.

It will be so dangerous for the security of the country and the entire economy if it snowballs into a full-blown crisis with the level of unemployment and underemployment in the country and Kano. There will be enough willing young people for recruitment for thuggery and armed-bearing non-state actors.

The country does not need yet another crisis.

It may be a win for Tinubu’s politics but a loss for the country and Nigerians if allowed to snowball into anarchy.

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