State Information Commissioner Kano, Comrade Mohammed Garba, offered explanations as to why the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, separated from the emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.
He also explained the vision that informed the creation of further councils emanated in the state in an interview with Sun.
Garba said that the revered monarch was involved in party politics, contrary to the tradition of the throne.
According to him, “What really happened as a result of the creation of the new emirates … you must remember that it was not the governor who started the petition, it was a group of lawyers who felt it was necessary for them to have an additional emirate in your area
“And they wrote to the House of the State Assembly of Kano and to the Chamber of the State Assembly, on the basis of the information we have, they read the petition or the presentation that was presented to them and they heard that all the questions asked by the Interested citizens and lawyers These are serious problems that must be examined.
“The State Assembly decided to assume its constitutional responsibility by examining it, starting a bill, making one or two corrections, going through the normal process of the Assembly. At the end of the third reading, they presented it to the executive.
“If you remember the president’s statement when they presented this bill to the state governor.
“He said that they strongly believed in the bill, that if the governor had not approved it, they would have returned to the Chamber and would have used a two-thirds majority to approve the bill, which means that the Assembly is completely convinced.
“And they came to the State House and gave a presentation for us and the governor critically examined it and we felt it in the interest of the people of Kano, especially those who live in some of these areas of local government and rural. We believe it is something that would further develop these areas by considering some of the local governments in our neighboring states like Jigawa, such as the emirate of Ringim.
“I remember when Kano was with the state of Jigawa, Dutse was a village, I know Duste because I studied in Sumaila.
“There was no light, there was nothing in Dutse. But when Duste became an emirate and finally a state, look at the level of development!
“Look at the creation of Ringim, which was the last of the emirates that were created. Go to Ringim today and see the level of development.
“Then, when the deceased Abubakar Rimi tried to have these emirates in 1981/82, if these emirates were recognized, especially the three emirates of Gaya, Karaye and the other, if they had already been recognized at that moment, believe me, now. development of these areas, you will be very surprised.
“Another area that we have seen has been the challenges of the present. And we look at our area and the level of insecurity that Nigeria faces today.
“We read from the newspapers, we heard from security agencies that most of the bandits, many of them, moved to Kano.
“And we know that traditional rulers have a crucial role in controlling movements, people’s access and what they have.
“And we believe that in order to have an effective system for monitoring people, we must ensure that we have traditional institutions that are much closer to people than those obtained with the traditional centralized system.
“The governor has examined the question and the way in which they can advise him in terms of infrastructure development, road networks, in terms of water resources, in terms of education; we lack education.
“The number of children who do not attend school is quite alarming to Kano. And we believe that these traditional rulers have a serious role to play.
“Honestly, we observe all the advantages of having recognized the emirates and we believe that it is not necessary to waste time. Therefore the governor has decided to absent him.
“Unfortunately, while the trial was in progress, some people felt that there was no need to decentralize, some people felt that there was a personal problem or even a political problem between the emir of Kano and the governor of Kano.
“The Emir as a person, we believe he has the right to choose.
“But by virtue of his current position, he must be cautious in whatever he is doing because he is now the father of all.” He is a religious leader and is now a community leader.
“Where there is a problem, even if it is between the governor and some prominent people in the state, the Emirate should invite and intervene.
“This is what everyone should be the father of. But when the emir is a supporter, practically a supporter, I think this is the problem.
“But we don’t even see it that way and that’s not the reason … We are more worried about the development of the state.
“Honestly, even his partisanship doesn’t make sense because even with his partisanship, we were able to win the elections.
“And after winning the election, the governor was very unhappy because there was no reason he should be a supporter of him.
“This was because their relationship was very cordial. It did not offer a single piece of advice that the governor refused to implement.
“The governor felt that if there had been a problem, if there had been a crisis, if the emir had wanted changes somewhere, in terms of advice, he would have had much access.
The governor has a lot of respect for him. Whenever the Emir arrives at the Government Palace, the governor accompanies him to his car. When it comes to last-minute programs, the ideal is for the Emir to be there before the governor.
“But in most cases, the governor would be there before the Emir. And whenever he came, the governor got up and greeted the emir.
“As far as we are concerned, all that is due to the Emir as a father and as a traditional sovereign has been granted”.
“Even after the elections, even though we know that this man fought us seriously, the governor accepted him.
“He went to the palace twice. At a time when they told us he was in a state of indisposition, the governor went there on a personal level.
“He also went there for a special prayer for peace and then, it was for the elimination of 1500 couples. The governor could forget his partisan role.
“As far as we are concerned, we have not created (we have created emirates) to destroy any history or inheritance or whatever else the ancestors of these emirs have built.
“We want it to be more effective, we want to be sure that traditional institutions are more involved in terms of state administration.”