Kano emirate tussle: CISLAC calls for immediate action to preserve peace, stability

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) weekend expressed deep concerns over the ongoing power tussle involving the reinstated Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, and the dethroned Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero.

CISLAC warned that these developments threaten to plunge Kano state into chaos and anarchy, undermining the peace and stability of the broader Northern Nigeria region.

The executive director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, issued a stern warning against any attempt to exploit the situation to declare a state of emergency in Kano state.

He stated that, “Such actions are viewed as reckless and unnecessary provocation that could dismantle over 1,000 years of Kano’s political heritage.”

CISLAC noted with alarm that the court ruling, which security operatives are relying on, facilitated the controversial return of Emir Aminu Bayero. This ruling was issued by a judge who is currently out of the country and not in office.

“This situation raises significant concerns about the legitimacy and appropriateness of the court order,” Rafsanjani said.

“The reliance on what CISLAC describes as a ‘kangaroo court order’ to justify the police and other security operatives invasion of Kano state is deeply troubling and exacerbates tensions.”

The statement further asserts that the state government holds the constitutional power to appoint and confirm traditional leaders, including the emir.

“The attempt to usurp this power and push Kano into a state of anarchy is unacceptable. CISLAC firmly believes that the autonomy of the Kano state government in managing its traditional institutions must be respected to avoid further conflict.”

CISLAC urges President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to resist any attempts by desperate politicians to disrupt the peace and harmony currently prevailing in Kano state.