John Ameh, Abuja
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has defended his decision to create four additional emirates in the state, denying that it was targeted at humiliating the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
He said it was to bring the traditional institution to be more involved in developing the state and encouraging people’s participation.
Ganduje added that by constitutional provision, the emir ordinarily reports to a local government chairman, not the governor.
He spoke with State House correspondents in Abuja.
He also replied those saying that his action destroyed the heritage of the Kano State people, dating back 800 years, saying that such persons were entitled to their opinions.
On whether Sanusi was the target, he replied, “It is not vendetta, I am not against him.
“In fact, he is supposed to be reporting to the local government chairman according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“It is the local government chairman that he is supposed to discuss issues with not the governor.
“So, this is celebrated by the people of Kano State and we will make sure that the new emirate councils are effective in terms of developing Kano State.”
The new Emirates are Gaya, Rano, Karaye and Bichi.