Protesters Storm Presidential Villa, National Assembly Complex Over Kano Emirates’ Dissolution, Seek Tinubu’s Intervention

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They called on President Bola Tinubu to intervene in the Kano emirates’ crisis to avert a breakdown of law and order in the state.

Following the dissolution of five Kano emirates by Governor Abba Yusuf’s administration on Thursday, a group of protesters on Friday stormed the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly in Abuja with placards.

They called on President Bola Tinubu to intervene in the Kano emirates’ crisis to avert a breakdown of law and order in the state.

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Some of their placards read, “Governor Abba Yusuf has desecrated the revered Northern Traditional Institution for Political vendetta and to settle old scores with perceived Political Adversaries,” “Kano is Boiling,” “Kwankwaso using his puppet (Abba) to foment Political Crisis in Kano State, President Tinubu must intervene,” “Abba focus on governance,” and “Don’t destroy Kano State.” 

The protesters, under the aegis of Northern Nigeria Peace and Development Foundation, marched to the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly where they expressed concerns about what they described as an escalating situation in Kano State.

Media had reported that Governor Yusuf on Thursday announced the dissolution of four emirates councils and reinstatement of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano.

This came after the governor signed the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

The protesters said that Governor Yusuf has taken what they described as abuse of office to another level by dissolving the traditional councils.

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Coordinator of the protest, Abdullahi Muhammed Saleh, said, “A lot had been going wrong in the state but the Concerned Patriots of Nigeria had thought it best to allow Kano state to sort out its thorny issues.

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“However, Thursday’s brash actions of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State, who sacked five emirs to reappoint Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi as the 14th Emir of Kano has awoken us to the urgency of raising the alarm about the destructive excesses of the state governor.

“Since being sworn into office, Governor Abba Yusuf has had a string of loutish acts that run like a hardened criminal’s rap sheet.

“All in the name of rubbishing his predecessor, he started with a demolition spree that has served to impoverish the people whose lives he took an oath to improve. Thus he proved himself to be anti-people.

“The governor then attempted to destroy the structures of political parties in the state. The impish fanaticism with which he pursued this illicit mission saw him intruding into the structure of other political parties, including hiring some charlatans who purportedly suspended the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, who is interestingly his predecessor. Thus he proved himself to be anti-democratic.

“This latest stunt of sacking five emirs to install his acolyte was achieved by manipulating the Kano State House of Assembly, which he had successfully turned into a rubber stamp for endorsing his illegal acts.

“He has eroded the autonomy guaranteed by the separation of powers as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

“It is inconceivable that any right-thinking person will descend low to the point of manipulating the traditional institution for political gimmicks.”

“We believe that President Tinubu’s intervention is crucial at this critical moment. We are counting on his leadership to find a lasting solution to the crisis and ensure peace returns to Kano State,” he said.

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