Crisis rocks Kano Council of Ulama, leader impeached
CJ cautions judges against graft as gov pledges to sign judicial financial autonomy
Kano State Council of Ulama (Islamic clerics) is enmeshed in leadership tussle, as new coalition of Islamic sects announced the impeachment of Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil as leader of the council.
There was drama during a press conference at Kano Press Centre, yesterday, when leaders of Kadiriyya, Tijjaniyya and Izala sects, under the leadership of Ustaz Saifullahi Assudany, expressed dissatisfaction with Khalil’s leadership.
Some of the religious leaders from various local councils, who objected to the impeachment, walked out of the premises.
One of the sects’ leaders from Kiru Local Council, Sheikh Sulaiman Kiru, rejected the removal of the council leader, saying it was not done in the spirit of fairness, but was politically-motivated.
Announcing the impeachment, a coalition of the various sects said the state chairman was impeached for being political in running the affairs of the council.
In his place as acting chairman, the coalition appointed Prof. Saleh Pakistan, who is also the chairman of Kano Pilgrims Welfare Board.
His offences, according to his rivals, include “turning the council into a political platform by engaging in face-off with every government that comes into power. His reasons in all the cases were that they disallowed him from contesting for a political office in his position as a cleric.”
When consulted, the embattled Sheikh said he has nothing to say on the issue.
the Chief Judge (CJ) of Kano, Justice Nura Umar, has reminded magistrates to constantly uphold fairness and justice while adjudicating on matters before them.
Umar warned against malpractices and related tendencies bordering on corruption and late sitting in the lower court.
The CJ’s comment came when Governor Abdullahi Ganduje pledged to sign into law, Kano State Judiciary Funds Management (Financial Autonomy) Bill 2021 to enhance the welfare of the judges.
Issuing the warning during the opening of Magistrates Association of Nigeria’s Annual Week at Government House in Kano, Umar emphasised on the huge responsibility of the magistrate and expectations from the public.
He assured the citizen’s of the judiciary’s commitment to the interest of the lower court.
Ganduje stated: “The state government is prepared to activate and sign into law Judiciary Funds Management (Financial Autonomy) Bill 2021, Kano State Magistrates, Shari’ah Court Judges and other Judiciary Staff (Harmonisation of Condition of Service) Bill, 2021 and Kano Multi-Door Court Bill, 2021.”
The governor revealed that, as soon as the bills scale through the legislature exercise, he would not hesitate to assent to them and ensure full implementation.