Emirship tussle and return of hooliganism in Kano

Kano people are known as peace loving as inculcated by the longest serving Emir of the kingdom Alhaji Ado Bayero who led for over 50 years. His charisma and the love for his people made him unique amongst all traditional rulers in Africa. Kano people became traumatised with the demise of His Highness Alhaji Ado Bayero in June 2014 and the loss remained irreplaceable until 2020 when His Highness Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero became the Emir of Kano. His emergence renewed the hope of Kano people because he exhibits the same characteristics with that of his father. This makes him to earn the love that people have for his father which no one has in Kano.

The recent dethronement of the emir and reinstatement of the deposed Emir Sunusi Lamido Sunusi has brought serious disruption of peace and stability in the state. This has opened doors for hooligans and thugs to widen their operation in the state.

It is a known fact that hooliganism and thuggery are a threat to the security of lives and property of people in every society. Hence, leaders are saddled with the responsibility of maintaining law and order so as to block the chances of potential offenders delving into such act.

It is unfortunate to say that the current administration of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has began to do other way round, as hoodlums and thugs are allowed to take over the Palace of the Kano Emirate in the name of protecting the selfish and politically motivated interest of his political godfather. This has become a serious threat to the peace and safety of people in Kano as the hoodlums are harassing and intimidating people at will within the vicinity of the Kano Emir’s palace all in the name of imposing Sunusi on the throne.

Since the reinstatement of Sunusi Lamido Sunusi to Gidan Dabo, the palace and areas such as Kofar Kudu, Kano Municipal, Gwale, Dala and others have become the headquarters of thugs. Some health workers at Hasiya Bayero Paediatric Hospital were attacked on May 27, 2024. This made the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to issue a statement condemning the barbaric attack. And this has continued to happen to other people who live in the neighbourhood.

Hooligans also came to represent the dangers inherent in loosening constraints on society. Even when hooligans victimized people far from their concerns, the increase in their numbers, the apparent pettiness of their motives, and the savagery of their actions within Gidan Dabo suggested that certain members of the lower classes were either very beastly or very angry and that the mechanisms of state control were no longer in place to checkmate this.

Now what we ask is, does the state government prioritise praising their political godfather than protecting the blood of Kano people?

On this note, we are calling on the federal government, security agencies, intelligence community, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), northern traditional rulers, religious leaders and all other relevant authorities to intervene and advise Kano state government to obey the court order restraining them from reinstating the deposed Emir Sunusi Lamido Sunusi and dissolution of the remaining four Emirates in the interest of the good people of Kano. This will bring an end to this hooliganism, public insolence, defiance, chaos and violence capable of destroying the peace and security of Kano state.

Aliyu Dalhatu Adamu,
Lecturer, Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina state
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