Northern Elders Sues For Calm Over Kano Emirate Tussle

Northern Elders Sues For Calm Over Kano Emirate Tussle

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has expressed extreme concern and profound agitation over development in Kano where Emirates have been multiplied and traditional rulers have been dethroned and replaced, saying it is a clear example of the struggles faced by traditional rulers in the country.

The NEF equally expressed worries that recent crisis surrounding the Emirate in Kano State has raised tensions and concerns among the public and as responsible citizens.

It urged the Kano State Government and politicians involved to exercise caution in handling the sensitive issue to prevent further escalation of tensions.

NEF, according to a statement signed by its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said it is important for all parties involved to approach the matter with utmost care and professionalism, keeping in mind the potential consequences of their actions.

“Rash decisions and inflammatory statements can only serve to worsen the situation and jeopardise the peace and stability of the state,” the Forum said.

The NEF also called on the public to remain calm and law-abiding in the face of the crisis, stressing that it is crucial that people do not engage in any actions that could potentially threaten the peace and security of the state, adding that “violence and unrest will only serve to further divide us and hinder any chance of finding a peaceful resolution to the current situation.

“In times of crisis, it is imperative that we come together as a community and work towards finding common ground and mutual understanding. Let us all strive to prioritise peace and harmony, and avoid actions that could lead to further discord and conflict”.

The NEF however noted that the traditional institution in Nigeria has long been facing challenges and obstacles that have rendered it weak and ineffective, emphasising that this problem seems to be particularly acute in Kano, where a power struggle has led to the creation of multiple Emirates, thereby diluting the authority and influence of traditional rulers in the region.

“The multiplication and duplicity of Emirates in Kano is a clear attempt to weaken the traditional institution and undermine the authority of the traditional rulers. By creating multiple emirates, the power and influence of individual traditional rulers are diluted, making it easier for politicians to control and manipulate them.

“Furthermore, the arbitrary dethronement and replacement of high-ranking traditional rulers in Kano not only weaken the authority and legitimacy of traditional rulers but also send a message that their role and relevance in society are easily dispensable.This move is not only threatening the unity and cohesion of the traditional structure but also undermining the centuries-old customs, values, and traditions that have been the bedrock of the Nigerian society.

“The perpetuation of these challenges is a reflection of the wider issue of the emasculation of traditional rulers in Nigeria. Over the years, traditional rulers have been systematically sidelined and disempowered by various administrative mechanisms and so-called “reforms” that have only served to weaken their influence and render their role ineffectual”.

NEF averred that in order to address these challenges and reinvigorate the traditional institution in Nigeria, it is imperative that traditional rulers be re-empowered and given the recognition and support they deserve.

“This can only be achieved through a concerted effort to restore the statutory recognition of traditional rulers in the country and provide them with the necessary resources and authority to fulfill their duties effectively.

“Without the necessary empowerment and support, traditional rulers will continue to struggle to play a meaningful role in society, particularly in addressing pressing issues such as crime and drug abuse. Their marginalisation not only diminishes their ability to effectively govern their domains but also leaves them vulnerable to political interference and manipulation” NEF stated.

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