At least three top Kano princes have rejected an offer for appointment as Emir of Bichi, one of the four new emirates created by the governor of Kano State Abdullahi Ganduje on May 8.
An online newspaper DAILY NIGERIAN reliably gathered that the governor had a meeting with Wamban Kano, Aminu Bayero; Chiroman Kano, Nasiru Bayero and district heads of Rano, Gaya and Karaye at the Government House on Thursday night.
Inside sources said the offer to serve as Emir of Bichi was first made to Chiroman Kano Nasiru Bayero, who rejected the offer outright.
The governor then pushed the offer to Chiroma’s elder brother, Aminu Bayero, who said he needed time to consult. Sources close to the prince told DAILY NIGERIAN that he too later rejected the offer.
Mr Ganduje’s third option was Galadiman Kano, Abbas Sanusi, the father of the state chairman of All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Abbas.
“When the offer was made to Galadima, he contacted Emir Sanusi, notifying him about the decision. The emir told him the choice is now left for the Dabo clan to be parties to the desecration of their heritage or be parties to the defense of their heritage,” a royal source quoted the emir as saying.
“From all indications, it is unlikely if Galadima will accept the offer. He too is angry with the creation of more emirates in Kano.”
DAILY NIGERIAN learnt that after the princes dumped the governor’s offer, he left Bichi emirship position vacant and elevated the district heads of Rano, Gaya and Karaye to the rank of emirs at the meeting.
Sources said Mr Ganduje on Friday morning left for Abuja to meet with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over the current developments in the state.