– Sen. Shehu Sanni gave five reasons state governments create Emirates and Chiefdoms
– This comes as a reaction to the latest occurrence in Kano state where Gov. Ganduje created four new Emirates
Following the move by the Kano state Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje to reduce the power of the Emir Of Kano, Alh. Mohammed Sanusi II, by reducing the number of local government areas under his administration to 8 areas.
Nigerians have been reacting to the move while some applauded the state government for the move as they hinted that it will bring the traditional leadership closer to the grassroots.
Others are of the opinion that it was a political move by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje.
However, Senator Shehu Sanni in a latest statement has given five reasons state Governments create chiefdoms and Emirates.
He said State Governments create chiefdoms and emirates to settle political scores, to thrust one ethnic or religious group over another or set them against each other, to reward cronyism and patronage, to reinforce their power base or for divide and rule.
Below is a full statement released by Shehu Sanni,
Most state Governors creates Emirates and chiefdoms for any of the five reasons; To settle political scores,to thrust one ethnic or religious group over another or set them against each other, to reward cronyism and patronage, to reinforce their power base or for divide and rule.
During elections,Traditional rulers are compelled and blackmailed by their states Governors to either campaign for the ruling party in their states or risk ejection or persecution. Without constitutional roles & protection,they will continue to be vulnerable to abuse of power.