Kano state government Monday insists that the creation of new Emirates in the state which followed due process has come to stay, and is also part of an effort to reform obsolete laws guiding the existence of the traditional institution totally with existing reality.
It says for a traditional institution to stand the test of time and move in pace with the global world, it will have to be fine-tuned and restructured in such a way that it can help in accelerating the development and socio-economic reality of the people.
Solacebase recalled that Kano Elders under the auspices of Advocates For United Kano on Sunday called for repealing of the Kano Emirate Law that created the four additional Emirates in the state that include Rano, Karaye, Bichi, and Gaya.
The elders in a statement issued by Alhaji Bashir Tofa and ten others described the creation of the Emirates as an attempt to destroy 1,000 years old heritage
A press statement signed by the commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba and forwarded Solacebase indicates that following the signing into law bill for the establishment of the new Emirates of Bichi, Rano Gaya and Karaye, a self-appointed elitist group, Advocate for United Kano, claiming to be speaking on behalf of the people of Kano sprang up, spreading fib on government’s decision to create additional Emirates in the state.
The statement said whereas the people of Kano overwhelmingly welcome the development, the group, which membership is more of opposition, is trying to, at all cost, depict that old heritage is being destroyed but could not say exactly how.
According to the statement, “From what we have understood, it is a group of people with an inclination to the opposition party in the state. They do not represent anyone but themselves and just trying desperately to become relevant in the scheme of things.’’
Malam Garba in the statement further explains that the establishment of additional Emirates in the state is aimed at bringing more development to the people of the new Emirates and also the need to bring traditional institutions closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.
It said to demonstrate his sincerity, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje appointed Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II as the new Chairman of the Kano State Council of Chiefs.
Malam Garba says there are some policies and programs on health, security and the recently introduced Free and Compulsory Education at the Basic and Secondary level that will require the active participation of the community especially the traditional institution which has now been decentralized for effective implementation and coordination.
He urged the people in the state to remain calm, law-abiding and resist any temptation by some group of people to plunge the state to undue tension.