President Buhari Ordered Removal Of Emir Sanusi – Kwankwaso

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Leave me out of Kano emirate issue – Buhari

BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – Former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the removal of Muhammadu Sanusi as Emir of Kano.

In his immediate reaction, President Muhammadu Buhari has denied any involvement whatsoever in the dethronement of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II from the position of Emir of Kano.

Buhari said that all such insinuations are untrue, malicious and politically motivated thus prayed that the will of Allah will be done at all times, adding that the emirate/state and its people continue to experience progress irrespective of who is on the throne.

But Kwankwaso, while speaking with BBC Hausa Service, explained that contrary to claims that Buhari intervened in the Kano emirate crisis, the people of Kano hold the strong view that the President order the removal of Sanusi as Emir of Kano.

The former Kano State governor described the removal of Sanusi as a sad incident to both Kano State and Nigeria in general.

In the words of Kwankwaso; “We believe here in Kano that Buhari interferes where he wishes. Kano state government officials have been saying they were directed to dethrone Emir Sanusi ll. Buhari instructed them.”

Kwankwaso further said that Buhari does not interfere where his intervention is needed, but interferes on issues he is supposed to be neutral about.”

While eulogizing the dethroned Emir Sanusi, Kwankwaso said he (Sanusi) is a global citizen that introduced and brought about innovations for the benefit of the people of Kano.

The Kano State Government on Monday announced the dethronement of Emir Sanusi and thereafter named one of the sons of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, Aminu Ado Bayero as the 15th Emir of Kano.

Meanwhile, the Presidency has said that President Buhari does not have a history of intervening in the affairs of any state in the country, unless the issue at hand is of national consequence.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, explained that on such matters which impinge on national security, President Buhari has a duty of involvement as the law stipulates.

Shehu said; “As outlined in the Constitution, the appointment or removal of emirs and other traditional leaders is strictly within the jurisdiction of state governments. It is unfair and disingenuous of opposition politicians to try to link the situation in Kano State to the federal government and the Nigerian President.

“Although a retired General and former Military Head of State, President Buhari clearly understands that under the current democratic dispensation, the government at the centre cannot read instructions or twist the arms of all or any of the 36 state governments making up the federation. They all have their powers specified under the Constitution.

“President Buhari commends the people of Kano for keeping calm in the past few days of the dethronement announcement.”

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