Rumble in Kano over coronation of Waziri

By Bashir Mohammed

Tongues are now wagging in Kano, following the decision taken by the Emir of Kano, Dr. Alhaji Ado Bayero, to coronate Sheikh Nasir Mohammed Nasir, the Chief Imam of Waje Jummat Mosque, as the new Wazirin Kano.
Nasir, who succeeded the late Islamic scholar, Sheikh Isah Wazari, who died on August 2, 2013, is reported to be facing hostility from those opposed to his coronation, alleging that the decision was borne out primordial considerations.
It was, however, the contention of those opposing the coronation that the much revered ruling Waziri’s dynasty in Kano should be allowed to produce a well accepted successor in order to avoid possible a backlash from any quarter, adding that the new Waziri was not eminently qualified to be conferred with the coveted title.

Our correspondent also learnt on good authority that the decision taken by the Kano Emirate Council to coronate Sheikh Nasir appeared not to have gone down well with the state government, as attested to by series of secret administrative correspondence between the Emirate Council and the government.
Those who spoke to the Blueprint on the succession saga expressed dismay over what they described as “a subtle way of killing the much adored Waziri’s dynasty which had been producing holders of the title since its creation over 200 years ago.”

One Shehu Hamza of Gudindi Quarters, where the Waziri’s ruling house is located, said the only way tension and palpable apprehension could be doused was for the Emirate Council to rescind the decision, stressing that since Sheikh Nasir was not popular with the people he should be booted out.
He said: “Popularity is what determines one’s acceptability to be a leader, once you are not popular it means you completely lost appeal and clout, Sheikh Nasir should take note of the fact that many people don’t like him.”
A resident, Malam Gali Falalu, said the Emir had the right to coronate whoever he so wished as the Wazirin Kano even without the consent of his council ,saying critics of the decision were only being myopic.