Kano Emirate Dispute: CSO distances self from call to dethrone Emir Sanusi

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A civil society organisation has said its members are not part of the civil society organisations (CSOs) in the state that allegedly called for the dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi.

The Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF) described itself as the umbrella body of over 183 different civil society organisations based in Kano State.

The group made this known in a letter co-signed by its president, Ibrahim Waiya, and public relations officer, Adam Rano, which it wrote to the governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje.

The group’s stance comes after governor Ganduje said on Thursday that he received a letter from 35 civil society organisations calling for the immediate dethronement of Sanusi II, for disobedience to constituted authority by making efforts to create a state within a state.

In its letter, the KCSF urged Ganduje to disregard the call which it said emanated from “some faceless, politically sloppy and fake organizations” to achieve an “evil, destructive, selfish, anti-Kano people and anti-peace” agenda.

Should (this) apparition groups genuinely represent the civil society organizations, their energy must have centered on promoting peace and unity, promotion of good governance, socio-economic development, promoting the welfare and wellbeing of the good people of Kano, and ensure a peaceful coexistence of our dear state, but not the other way round,” the letter read.

The group called for peace between the governor and the emir, saying that the state has many developmental glitches it needs to tackle rather than adding disunity to its challenges.

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“Kano is one of the most hit states with the menace of Almajiris, increasing rate of poverty, mortality rate, malnutrition, drug abuse, unemployment and educationally backwardness,” the group wrote.

“Many development indices and practical statistics have placed Kano state high, and which is in dire need of down to business governance through multi-talented leadership skills to practically salvage the state from sinking. This is a hard-nosed demand that requires total dedication, commitment, focus, steadfastness, as well as total avoidance of any distraction.”

The letter went on to urge the State Security Service (SSS) and other security agencies “to fish out one Ibrahim Ali, the signatory to the letter addressed to the governor, and investigate the civil society coalitions he claimed to represent, for (misguidance) and impersonation.”

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