Bakin Zuwo regretted scrapping new emirates –Darma
By Usman Gwadabe
Former Governor of the defunct Kano State, late Alhaji Sabo Bakin Zuwo once stated that he regretted scrapping new emirate councils created by his predecessor, late Governor Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi.
The emirates that were scrapped among them were Gaya, Rano, Auyo, Gumel and Dutse.
An APC stakeholder and former PRP card-carrying member, Alhaji Hamza Darma revealed this in an exclusive interview with The Triumph yesterday.
“Sometimes in the 80s while myself, late Bakin Zuwo and late Rimi were together discussing the issue of the scrapped emirates, he (Sabo) admitted that he scrapped them because of the political differences between him and late Rimi, recalling regrettably that after all, fighting for rural development was the backbone of late Malam Aminu Kano’s political campaign in which the creation of more emirates was inclusive,” Alhaji Darma stated.
He said because the creation of new emirates was done in good faith at that time considering the fact that some of them had similar history with Kano State have now been revived by Governor Abdullah Umar Ganduje.
The politician pointed out that what made the emirates created by late Rimi to be scrapped was that there was no law to back them up, explaining that the ones established by Governor Ganduje had scaled all the legal processes which will make their removal very difficult.
He said the Sallah celebrations conducted in the new emirates have made these areas very lively, adding that the development would bring about rapid development in these areas and their people.
Darma expressed dismay with the way the Kano Kingmakers opposed the creation of the new emirates, noting that their role is just to select and advise while confirmation is the duty of the State Executive Governor.
He called on the government to punish any traditional ruler who refuses to abide by the new policy in order to serve as lesson to others.
“The emirates were created not with any political reasons, rather for the expected development of such areas,” he said, lamenting further that “absence of these emirates caused Kano not getting additional state when six were created during late Head of State, General Sani Abacha regime,” Darma added.
He urged traditional rulers to desist from partisan politics, adding that it is not proper for any traditional title-holder to identify and associate with any political group, as traditional rulers are fathers to all.
He appealed to the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II to emulate late Emir Ado Bayero who refused to engage in politics, adding that whenever he wanted to advise Kano Governor, he made sure it was a one-on-one affair.