Sanusi: Group warns FG against instigating crisis in Kano

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Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano.

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has warned the federal government against plunging Kano State into chaos and anarchy, and undermining the peace and stability of the broader Northern Nigeria region.

CISLAC’s Executive Director, Auwal Rafsanjani, made this known in a statement while reacting to the ongoing power tussle involving the reinstated Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, and the dethroned Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero.

The group warned President Bola Tinubu to refrain from any attempts to interfere in the matter or exploiting the situation to declare a state of emergency in Kano State.

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It also urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to resist any attempts by desperate politicians to disrupt the peace and harmony currently prevailing in Kano State.

CISLAC noted with alarm that the so-called court ruling, which security operatives are relying on, facilitated the controversial return of the legally dethroned Emir Aminu Bayero.

“This ruling was issued by a judge who is currently out of the country and not in office.

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

“This situation raises significant concerns about the illegitimacy and inappropriateness of the court order.

“The reliance on a ‘kangaroo court order’ to justify the police and other security operatives invasion of Kano State is deeply troubling and exacerbates tensions,” Rafsanjani said.

The statement further asserted that the state government held the constitutional power to appoint and confirm traditional leaders, including the Emir.

“The attempt to usurp this power and push the state 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.

“The federal government must not allow itself to be used as a tool to further political interests that jeopardize the stability of the state and region.

“As a staunch advocate for democracy and peace, CISLAC stands firmly against any form of violence and abuse of constitutional power in Kano State,” Rafsanjani warned.

The organization called on all relevant authorities to prioritize dialogue and lawful processes in resolving this crisis.

“Progress in Kano is synonymous with progress in Northern Nigeria. The current turmoil threatens to reverse the significant strides made towards development in the region.

“Concerned citizens and stakeholders must come together to preserve the integrity and progress of Kano State,” Rafsanjani added.

The organization reiterated its commitment to promoting democracy, peace, and stability in Nigeria.

It also called for an immediate, peaceful resolution of the current conflict and urged all parties to respect the rule of law and the rights of the Kano State Government.

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