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Kano Gov. gets 48 ultimatum from Northern Lawyers over Emir Sanusi’ reinstatement



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A group of lawyers from Northern Nigeria, known as the Northern Lawyers’ Forum, has issued a stern warning to Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, demanding that he rescind the reinstatement of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II within 48 hours.

At a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the lawyers claimed that Emir Sanusi’s reinstatement is “unconstitutional” and “contrary to the traditions and customs of the Kano Emirate.”

According to Barr. Umar Sadiq Abubakar, the Director General of the Northern Lawyers’ Forum, Emir Sanusi’s initial removal was in line with the laws and traditions of the emirate, and his reinstatement would “create chaos and undermine the rule of law” in the state. Abubakar accused Governor Yusuf of making a mockery of the country’s revered judiciary by willfully disobeying a Federal High Court ruling restraining the Governor from reinstating Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

The group warned that if the governor fails to retrace his steps, they would be forced to take “all necessary legal steps” to protect the judiciary and the interests of the people of Kano State. They also threatened to mobilize Nigerian lawyers to boycott Abba K. Yusuf and the government of Kano state until they purge themselves of this unacceptable disregard for the judiciary.

According to Daily Post, the statement partly reads: “We will also write to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a time-tested Democrat, to intervene and call on the executive Governor of Kano to order as his actions are not just injurious to our democratic settings but are also capable of overstretching our security architecture by throwing Kano state into endemic and endless crisis.”