There is nothing wrong in Kano state government saying it would continue to recognize the four emirates and their emirs which a High Court in the state pronounced to be created in violation of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
A law teacher at the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, Mr. M. L. Garba who expressed this opinion to Judicialsketch.com explained one may not fault the stance of the state government’s stance “if the state government has appealed the against the judgement of the state high court, and there is an injunction pending appeal’.
According to him, “in the absence of the above, whatever government does officially with those emirs will be illegal, and any financial relationship between the government and the emirs could be investigated. Furthermore, those emirs can be cited for impersonation.
“But I am not sure contempt of court would apply here since there is no direct order dethroning or asking them to vacate their seats. We can only consider their continuous sittings as ‘emirs’ as illegal”, the law lecturer said.
Meanwhile, a civil society group called the Renaissance Coalition for the Restoration of Kano and the Kano Emirate has berated Kano state commissioner for information, Comrade Mohammed Garba who signed a press statement that said that the state government despite the court judgement, will continue to recognize the monarchs of the four emirates of Bichi, Gaya, Karaye and Rano as first class emirs and will continue to relate with them as such.
The group said Mohammed’s statement “is contemptuous, criminal, illegal and of course illegitimate…Such has never been seen in a civilized and modern world. That a government will publicly declare its intention to disobey a constituted Court order, with such impunity and total disregard to The constitution and The Rule of Law! This without a doubt negates the principle of the supremacy of the law and is unacceptable!”
It called the state government and its agents ‘bandits’ since they do not believe in the Rule of Law, adding that “Their belligerent disregard of the Judgement shows that they do not understand the implication of their public declaration of disobedience to The Law, but they must be made to understand Rule of Law cannot be relegated to the background to water their selfish egos. That the rule of law predates liberal democracy and it is the very essence of the survival of any civilization.
Justice Usman Na’abba of Kano state high court had declared in a judgement read last Thursday that Kano State House of Assembly has violated the provisions of section 101 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while passing the law that created the four emirates and their first class emirs.
Kano state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice. Mr Ibrahim Mukhtar has not responded to questions about his position regarding the stance of the government of the state.