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Kano Emir: Nobody is above the law

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The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has warned that for the country to get it right, nobody should be see or be allowed to see themselves as being above the law of the land.

This is as the traditional ruler insisted that the government should bring people no matter their positions to answer question and face justice on their actions or inactions t.

The Emir declared this yesterday in Kano in his address delivered at a workshop, organised by Isa Wali Initiative Empowerment, with the theme: “Providing Access to Justice for the Vulnerable Members of the Society.”

He expressed worry that on daily basis, the Emirate Council receives series of complains mainly from women on marital misunderstandings, abuses, violations of their fundamental rights and many other dangerous aspects.

He said most of those behind such cases of abuses in the society were often seeing to be above the law, thereby leading to violation of fundamental human rights of the people who are mainly children and women.

The monarch recalled that the 1999 Constitution as amended and the Sharia Law specified that the rights of every individual should be protected by the government.

The Emir noted that apart from the governmental bodies and other non-governmental organisations, the people should work hard in tandem with the government to uphold the rights of all individuals, which should be regarded as a common endeavour in achieving the protection of the society.

Meanwhile, the Emir recalled that the traditional institutions had been since time immemorial as place where disputes and other abuses of rights were being settled, even as he noted: “We have been providing alternative disputes resolutions among our subjects, because every day we see women coming to the Palace Court with various complaints ranging from domestic issues, such as divorce and domestic violence.”

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