The political implications of Kano emirship tussle 

The ongoing Kano Emirate crisis has taken a complex turn with the recent reinstatement of Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II by the NNPP government of Governor Abba Yusuf. However, the actions of certain presidential cabals have raised concerns about the potential political implications for the APC-led federal government. These power brokers, allied with the dethroned emir, are attempting to utilise federal machinery to influence the situation, which could have far-reaching and unpleasant consequences.

In 2020, the then Governor  Abdullahi Umar Ganduje removed Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II for insubordination and installed Aminu Ado Bayero. The government also created four additional emirates, making a total of five emirates in Kano, Gaya, Bichi, Rano, and Karaye. Recently, the NNPP government repealed the law and reinstated Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II, causing tension between the parties involved.

The allies of the dethroned emir within the presidency have escalated the situation by escorting him back to Kano under heavy federal security. This move implies that the APC-led federal government supports the removed emir, potentially alienating key allies and empowering political foes. A critical examination of the power brokers’ actions reveals the following potential implications:

1. Alienation of Key Allies: The president’s foot soldiers, whose sentiments may be inclined towards the other party, may be shaken, creating cracks in their support and loyalty. This could be exploited by the opposition, leading to a decline in the president’s support base.

2. Empowering Political Foes: By adopting a confrontational stance, the removed emir’s allies connected to the presidency may inadvertently strengthen the opposition. This could lead to the opposition gaining momentum and attracting undecided individuals to their side.

3. Eroding Public Trust and Confidence: The perceived interference by the presidency may erode public trust and confidence in the renewed hope leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. To maintain public confidence, the presidency should remain neutral in the ongoing crisis and avoid any actions that could be perceived as favouritism or interference.

The Kano Emirate crisis has the potential to become a political powder keg, and the actions of presidential cabals could be the spark that sets it off. It is crucial for the APC-led federal government to maintain a neutral stance and avoid any actions that could be perceived as interference or favouritism. By doing so, the government can prevent the creation of new enemies, maintain public trust, and ensure a peaceful resolution of the crisis.

Furthermore, the recent election cases at the Supreme Court for the governorship in Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba, and Zamfara states have already created tension and resentment among the president’s foot soldiers across those states. The perceived marginalisation of key supporters and the delay in appointments have further exacerbated the situation. It is essential for the federal government to address these issues and reconcile with its supporters to avoid creating more enemies and weakening its support base. By doing so, the government can maintain stability, build trust, and foster a more inclusive and harmonious political environment.

Haruna Yusuf Abba,