Arewa Consultative Forum speaks on Sokoto Last Standing Emirate

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) expressed fear in a conversation with The Interview, a political magazine.

Anthony Sani, Secretary-General of ACF, has said if the Sokoto State Government decides to split its emirates it would not be surprised.

After the Kano State government yesterday created four new emirates as follows: Gaya, Bichi, Karaye and Rano; bringing the total number of Emirates to five in the state.

When asked if he thought the last emirate standing in Sokoto would also be split up as well, Sani replied: “I cannot tell precisely because governance and traditions of society are dynamic and in a state of flux.

“If language, which is emblematic of culture, is dynamic, traditional institution is subject to change.

“There will be nothing exotic or quixotic if such changes take place in Sokoto State,” he said.

Sani said that breaking up spheres of traditional influence, even in Kano, was not new.

“Governor Abubakar Rimi (former Kano State governor) did it before

“It was President Buhari in his first coming as military head of state that reversed it,” he said.

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has been associated with the Arewa People’s Congress (APC), a militant group set up to protect the interests of the Hausa-Fulani people in the north and is a cultural and political association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 which has considerable influence in the political scene. (Arewa means “Northern” in Hausa, the primary language of the region.)

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