Ganduje signs emirate council bill, threatens to punish errant emirs

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has signed into law the Emirate Council Bill 2019 hours after it was passed by the Kano State House of Assembly on Thursday, threatening to punish any emir who disobeys the new law.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje signed the bill at Coronation Hall, Government House in the presence of top government officials and party chieftains.

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In his brief remarks, the governor said the new emirates would bring development closer to the people in their domains.

“We need sustainable socio-economic development for our dear state. We need further improvement in the security system and well being of our people,” he said, according to a statement by Abba Anwar, his chief press secretary.

Mr Ganduje also warned all five emirs in the state to respect the provision of the emirate law, threatening to dethrone anyone who strays.

“Any Emir or any traditional ruler who goes against the provision of this Law, such a person will definitely face the music. He will surely be punished without any wasting of time,” he added.

He also told district heads who previously refused to pay homage to the new emirates to do so, warning that “if you refuse to pay homage…then prepare for being dethroned.”

The emirate bill was earlier passed by the assembly without conducting a public hearing contrary to expectations of members of the public that the bill would follow standard procedures of passage.

Kano Focus reports that the bill has officially restored the four emirates in Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye local government areas, which were previously nullified by a Kano high court.

This newspaper reports that the lawmakers approved the passage of the bill after emerging from a brief private session.

The bill, first sent to the assembly on Monday by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje passed all three readings with little objections particularly from members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).