Activities in the once booming Palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi 11 have appeared to reduce to the lowest ebb following the creation of four additional Emirates of Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya by the state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
The Palace was agog last Sunday when the Emir returned from Lesser Hajj with thousands of his supporters welcoming him at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) and followed his long convoy which moved straight to the Palace from Kano airport, chanting Sarki Mai Martaba which means long live His Royal Highness.
When our Reporter visited the Palace on Tuesday morning, the atmosphere appeared gloomy as the usual hustling and bustling of visitors and huge human and vehicular traffic was no longer there. Only very few workers in the Palace were seen discussing the latest development in the Kano Emirate with hush tones.
A Palace guard who spoke to our Reporter on condition of anonymity confirmed the Emir has chosen to keep to himself since he returned from Saudi Arabia, adding that, “His Highness has remained speechless since he returned from Saudi Arabia. He only attends to few visitors. So many journalists have come here to interview him, but he politely declined from granting any interview. He has always remained indoors. In fact, there was a crucial meeting with all his Council members Monday, but I cannot tell you the outcome because all of them left the Palace without saying a word immediately after the meeting. This creation of additional Emirates has seriously affected activities in the Palace and I can confirm to you that the Emir is not comfortable with what happened.”
According to the source, the greater percentages of the Palace guards have left Kano to other Emirates, particularly Bichi where Emir Aminu Ado Bayero is heading, “you are aware that the Emir of Bichi is an amiable and easy-going king with the antecedent of his late father. So many palace guards prefer working with him because he is an open minded person.”
Meanwhile, elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai has joined other notable Nigerians to comment on the issue of creation of more emirates in Kano, saying that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje did nothing wrong for taking such steps.
Giving a historical background of Kano emirate, Yakasai stated that, “well, I think that if you can remember, after the election of the Peoples Redemption Party in Kano in 1979, in between that period and 1982, the government of Abubakar Rimi, with the full support of his leader, our leader, Mallam Aminu Kano, created new emirates out of the existing one. And actually, the majority of the emirates created then were already autonomous administrative units long before the advent of the British colonialists. For instance, Rano is older than Kano.
“Gaya itself is older than Kano because the Yemenis people when their dam broke down left their homeland in search of water for irrigation farming. They learnt of Gaya and they came to Gaya, settled there and were doing their irrigation farming for years until they heard of the river in Kano, River Jankara. And then they moved to Kano and they began to do their irrigation farming in Kano. What I am saying is that the existence of at least two or more of the additional emirates created by Alhaji Abubakar Rimi predated the creation of Kano Emirate.
“This event of the last few days (the creation of additional emirates) in my opinion was bound to come sooner or later. There is already in the minds of many people in Kano that one state is too small for Kano. I don’t, however, believe them in this. They are thinking that if they had five or more states, there will five or more administrative units and there will be bureaucracies and the people would get jobs. But my own belief is that if you have a large unit with the amount of revenue that the present Kano is generating, you will be able to carry out essential services and at the same time get some reserves to do development things. What I am, therefore, saying is that the creation of additional emirates in Kano was bound to happen and I will not be surprised if it also happens in places like Sokoto and Borno.”