Tension In Kano As CSOs Ask New Emirs To Resign

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Kano – A coalition of 22 civil society organisations (CSOs) in Kano State has called on the newly-appointed emirs in the state to resign with immediate effect.

Briefing reporters in Kano, on Monday, the groups – under the auspices of the Renaissance Coalition – also called on the Sultan of Sokoto to denounce the additional emirates in the state.

The Renaissance Coalition explained that the sultan, being the leader of the Dan Fodio caliphate, wielded considerable powers to reverse emirates.

The groups disclosed that the governor’s decision was made without consultation with major stakeholders, adding that due process was not followed.

The coalition, therefore, called on all Kano elders to dissociate themselves from “these unpopular actions of the government, directly or indirectly, secretly or in the open”.

The group said: “We condemn, in totality, the attitude of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led government for its total disregard for and disrespect of our revered elders in the state, particularly with regards to their attempted efforts to intervene in the orchestrated plot of creating new emirate councils in Kano State.”

According to the group, the governor should have concentrated on addressing problems in almost every stratum of life in the state which needed the urgent attention of the government.

“There are more than five million people who do not have access to portable drinking water in Kano. Kano State is one of the states with the highest maternal mortality in Nigeria. Kano State takes the lead in substance and drug abuse in the whole country.

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“Kano State has the highest number of school dropouts due to insufficient support and commitment from the government. Kano State has the highest cases of congested classrooms in the country, with over 150 – 200 pupils in a class.

“Kano State has the highest accumulated pensions unsettled by the government. Kano State has the highest number of poorly managed health care facilities across the state,” the coalition said.

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