By Toby Prince
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has presented the staff of office to the new emirs he appointed in the state despite a court order.
According to a statement on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, the governor presented the instrument to Aminu Ado-Bayero, the eldest son of the late Emir of Kano, as the Emir of Bichi.
Others who received the Staff of Office were the Emir of Karaye, Ibrahim Abubakar II; the Emir of Rano, Tafida Abubakar-Ila; and the Emir of Gaya, Ibrahim Abdulkadir.
Mr Ganduje congratulated the new first class traditional rulers on their upgrade and urged them to always abide by what their Staff of Office represents.
“This Staff of Office represents dedication and commitment to serve your subjects in the areas of security, health care delivery system, education and environment among others. We, as a government, are always ready to work with you hand in hand for the growth and development of our state in particular and the nation in general,” Mr Ganduje said.
“You should place greater priority on education, health and the security of your domains. As a government, we will always respond positively to your people-oriented yearnings and aspirations.
“As leaders who are closer to your subjects, you should join hand with government and other security agencies to make sure that security is not only improved but maintained.
“Efforts towards strengthening community policing, as practised globally, should form part of your commitment. Ours is to, together, ensure that global best practices are observed.”
He urged the traditional rulers to always consider “workable and viable synergy” with all the stakeholders in their domains, so as to make the state safer.
“Security is on the shoulders of all of us. Government alone cannot tackle the issue of security. And traditional institution plays a vital role in this area.”