Amid speculation surrounding the future of Kano’s emirate councils, the portrait of the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has resurfaced at the main Coronation Hall of the State, triggering fear among residents, News About Nigeria reports.
The Kano emirate councils were initially fragmented into five – Kano, Rano, Karaye, Bichi, and Gaya – by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, with the Emir of Kano serving as the Chairman of the State Councils of Emirs. However, recent rumors suggest that Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf may be considering the reinstatement of Emir Sanusi as the sole Emir of Kano.
While the state government has repeatedly denied any plans to reinstate Sanusi, the reappearance of his portrait in the historical coronation hall has raised eyebrows and led to speculations among the public.
Responding to the controversy surrounding the repositioning of the Sanusi portrait, Gov. Yusuf’s spokesman, Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, shed light on the significance of the coronation hall.
He clarified that the hall holds a significant place in the history of Malam Muhammadu Sanusi as it was initially constructed for his presentation of staff of office after he assumed the emirship in 2014, following the passing of late Alhaji Ado Bayero during the administration of Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
He further emphasized that, traditionally, the portrait of the 14th Fulani Emir shall remain there indefinitely, as a testament to his reign and legacy. Moreover, he mentioned that the current efforts to refurbish the coronation hall are aimed at preserving its historical significance and providing it with a much-needed facelift.
As the speculation continues, the future of the Kano emirate councils remains uncertain, and the public eagerly awaits official statements from the state government to address the concerns surrounding Emir Sanusi’s portrait and its implications for the emirate’s structure.