Journalist for Development, Call for Circumspection in Kano’s Emirate Stalemate


The ancient city of Kano, Nigeria, a beacon of cultural heritage and history, is presently mired in a political and traditional quagmire. The recent dethronement of Emir Amin Ado Bayero and the reinstatement of former Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, coupled with Emir Amin’s subsequent return to Kano under court protection, has resulted in a deeply divisive stalemate. This situation calls for cautious and prudent action from all parties involved to preserve the dignity and integrity of the Kano Emirate.

The Kano Emirate, established centuries ago, has long been a pillar of traditional leadership and cultural identity in Northern Nigeria. The emirate’s role transcends ceremonial functions, significantly impacting local governance, conflict resolution, and cultural preservation.

The crisis began when Emir Amin was dethroned by the Kano state government, leading to the reinstatement of Emir Sanusi, who himself was dethroned a few years by former governor Abdullahi umar Ganduje. Emir Amin’s refusal to concede, backed by a court order to maintain the status quo, and the support of law enforcement agencies, further complicated matters.

The alleged Federal Government’s support for Emir Amin, reflected in his continued security protection, adds another layer of complexity.

In light of these events, Journalist for Development urges all stakeholders to exercise caution and circumspection to prevent further damage to the esteemed reputation of the Kano Emirate. The following points are crucial:

  1. Respect for Judicial Processes
    The court order to maintain the status quo should be respected by all parties. Ignoring judicial directives undermines the rule of law and sets a dangerous precedent.

The government, both state and federal, must demonstrate their commitment to upholding legal processes.

  1. Peaceful Resolution Mechanisms:

Traditional councils and respected leaders should initiate dialogue between the conflicting parties. The heritage of the Kano Emirate is too significant to be tarnished by political maneuvers. Mediation by neutral parties can help find a solution that honors both tradition and contemporary governance structures.

  1. *Role of Law Enforcement:

The security agencies must act impartially and prioritize the maintenance of peace and order. They should not be instruments of political agendas but protectors of the law and the citizens. Their allegiance to the court order is a step in the right direction and should be sustained.

  1. *Federal Government’s Responsibility:

The Federal Government must balance its support for the rule of law with a neutral stance that does not exacerbate tensions. Their alleged support for Emir Amin should be rooted in legal obligations rather than political affiliations.

  1. *Public Communication and Media Responsibility Accurate and responsible reporting by the media is essential. Sensationalism can inflame an already volatile situation. Journalists and media houses should focus on facts and provide a balanced view that promotes understanding and resolution.


The current stalemate in Kano represents more than just a clash of personalities or political factions; it is a challenge to the very fabric of traditional authority and governance in Nigeria. Journalist for Development calls for all parties to act with wisdom, respect, and foresight. The Kano Emirate’s legacy should be preserved through actions that promote peace, legality, and cultural respect.

The eyes of the nation and the world are on Kano. Let this be a moment where leadership, tradition, and modern governance find a harmonious path forward, ensuring that the rich history and respected stature of the Kano Emirate continue to shine brightly for future generations.

Muhammad Iskeel Abullahi, for Journalist For Development
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