“The appointment of the Emir is not a political issue,” the governor said.
The new Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, was on Monday turbaned and presented with a letter confirming his appointment by Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, at the Government House in Kano.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Kwankwaso said that the new Emir was appointed based on his sterling qualities and his lineage as a member of the royal family, as required by Kano traditions.
”Your appointment into the exalted position of Emir of Kano was guided by our collective and careful judgment of your ability, credibility and capability to provide the required purposeful leadership to enhance the Emirate Council at this crucial period of our history as a state and as a nation, Mr. Kwankwaso said.
“The appointment of the Emir is not a political issue. However, we are aware that enemies of the state and of this government have politicised the appointment matter and disseminated misleading information in a cross section of the media, leading a political party to start congratulating one of the contenders for the exalted position before the official announcement.”
Mr. Kwankwaso explained that the committee of Kano kingmakers presented a list of three nominees to the government as required by law and tradition, and after due consultation and consideration of all variables, the one destined to become the new Emir was eventually selected.
Mr. Kwankwaso appealed to traditional leaders as well as the generality of the people in the state to accept the new Emir as the will of God and support him towards moving Kano forward.
He also warned those inciting youth to protest the appointment of the Emir to desist from doing so as it is not in the best interest of anybody in the state.
The governor also advised the Emir to be a father to all and to be just and fair in dealing with his subjects, as exemplified by his forefathers.
The governor, who paid glowing tribute to the late Emir Ado Bayero, said a befitting house has since been constructed for his family at Sharada area of Kano City, adding that government would do its best to ensure that they continue to live as comfortably as possible.
Responding, Mr. Sanusi promised to rule according to the tenets of Islam, urging all other contenders for the throne and other members of the ruling family to, as a family, continue to live in peace and harmony. He promised to carry everybody along to make his tenure eventful.
The emir expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for choosing him to rule Kano State as the 14th emir and thanked the governor, the Kano kingmakers, and all others that made the appointment possible.
All the Kano kingmakers, namely, Madakin Kano, Yusuf Nabahani; Makaman Kano, Abdullahi Sarki; Sarkin Dawaki Maituta, Bello Abubakar; Sarkin Bai, Mukhtari Adnan; and the Senior Councilor of the Emirate Council, Wamban Kano,;Abbas Sanusi, attended the ceremony.
Meanwhile, the protest by some Kano youth, who were opposed to Mr. Sanusi’s appointment, continued on Monday.
Some of the youth allegedly blocked the entrance to the Emir’s palace, where Mr. Sanusi was to move to after being turbaned at the Government House.