Kano: We can’t be under Gaya Emirate, Wudil people kick
Wudil indigenes in Kano State have appealed to the State
House of Assembly and the government to revisit the recent
creation of Gaya Emirate Council under which they have
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with Alhaji Aminu
Bayero the son of the late Emir of Kano, Adobayero-
one of the new emirs – during the occasion to
appreciate the governor for installing the new emirs
in Kano State on Saturday
Alhaji Yawale Muhammad-Idris, spokesman of the
indigenes said they would rather have a Wudil Emirate than
be subjugated to Gaya Emirate Council, one of the four
emirates created by law.
In the alternative, Muhammad-Idris asked the government
to return them to Kano Emirate Council, where he said the
people rightly belonged.
He made the call after a stakeholders’ meeting on Sunday
in Wudil, headquarters of Wudil Local Government Area
(LGA) of the state.
According to him, the current arrangement is not backed by
historical antecedents and is of no benefit to the affected
He said the stakeholders’ meeting was attended by various
groups of indigenes of the LGA pointing out that Wudil town
has a different historical background from Gaya.
“We cannot afford to exist under Gaya Emirate,” he said.
According to Muhammad-Idris, during the Jihad of Shehu
Usman Danfodio, Wudil was one of the five royal hubs that
were presented with flags.
He said that the people of Wudil are not happy with the
“If Wudil LGA will not have a first-class emir, we prefer to
remain under Kano Emirate.
‘’So for God sake why should government demean us by
grouping us under Gaya instead of merging us with the
Kano Emirate with which we have the same historical
“We reject this arrangement,” he said.
Dr Baba Sani-Wudil, the secretary of the group also said
the government did not consult with the people of the area
before grouping them under Gaya Emirate, describing the
arrangement as inappropriate.
“You can find out, neither our representative at the House
of Assembly nor any elder or member of National Assembly
was consulted on the issue,” he said.
He said the group would present its grievances to the state
government and the State House of Assembly.