Sanusi Reveals Why He Was Dethroned By Ganduje

The deposed Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi opened up on the issues that led to his dethronement by the government of Alhaji Abdulahi Umar Ganduje. Sanusi listed the issues to include lack of consultation with him on the creation of new emirates in Kano, the misconstruing of his public statements as being critical of government and the replacement of District Heads by Village Heads.

He told the committee that mediated truce between him and Ganduje that he believed other matters that caused disaffection in Kano included the treatment meted out to him and his supporters by the Ganduje administration, citing the embarrassment he received when the Emir of Bichi was announced as the Emir of Kano when he led the Oba of Benin on a courtesy call on the governor when the Benin monarch visited Kano.

The committee made 13 recommendations to end the rift between Sanusi and Ganduje in its report but all that now seems to have been overtaken by events following the emir’s dethronement last Monday.

The recommendations addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari included that the governor should dis continue any contemplated decision to suspend, depose, dethrone or remove the emir from office while Sanusi should subordinate himself to the authority of Kano State government.

It was not clear last night when CityNews obtained excerpts from the committee report whether the Presidency was in possession of a copy or took any action on the recommendations. But sources said Sanusi could have been dethroned as far back a 2017 but for Buhari’s intervention.

The committee, chaired by a former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, had 10 members. The members include Alhaji Adamu Fika, Wazirin Fika; General Muhammadu Wushishi (retd); Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State (Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum), and Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State.

Others are Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, Alhaji Umaru A. Mutalab, Dr. Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, Sheikh Sheriff Ibrahim Saleh, Professor Ibrahim A. Gambari and Dr. Adamu Fika who served as Secretary. Meanwhile, only Abubakar, Wazirin Fika, Wushishi, Ibrahim, Tafida, Gambari and Adamu Fika signed the report.


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