Removal of Sanusi: President Buhari says his hands are clean

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President Buhari (L) in a warm handshake with deposed Emir Sanusi(R)

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday denied his alleged involvement in the sacking of the former Emir of Kano state, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was on Monday, March 9 removed from office by the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduge-led government of Kano state.

Since then, there has been a groundswell of opinion that President Buhari, facilitated the removal of the former Emir. .

But in a statement by his aide on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu on Wednesday, March 11, President Buhari said contrary to the trending rumours linking him with Sanusi’s removal, he “has no involvement whatsoever in the dethronement.”

The president said he 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.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has no involvement whatsoever in the dethronement of HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II from the position of Emir of Kano. All such insinuations are untrue, malicious and politically motivated.

“The President 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,” part of the statement read.

President Buhari also noted that under the constitution, the appointment, suspension and removal of monarchs is within the jurisdiction of state governments.

He blamed the reports linking him with the dethronement as the work of ‘opposition politicians’, while describing the insinuations as ‘unfair and disingenuous.’

President Buhari, however, commended the people of Kano state for maintaining peace and ‘keeping calm in the past few days of the dethronement announcement.’

Meanwhile, the former head of state General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has said all attempts to pacify all grudging parties proved futile.

General Abdulsalami, who headed the reconciliation committee of Sanusi and Governor Umar Ganduje feud, made this known while reacting to the removal of the immediate Kano monarch which has reportedly seen the north region polarised

Also on Wednesday, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano, denied querying dethroned Muhammad Sanusi II, while he was in office.

The former Kano state governor also debunked rumours that he was instrumental to the age-long misunderstanding between Governor Ganduge and Sanusi.

Rather, the governor revealed what brought about the rift between the former monarch and the state governor,

According to him, the rift between Governor Ganduge and the deposed monarch started when Sanusi said that whoever wins the 2019 gubernatorial election should be given the mandate.

Kwankwaso said that the dethronement of Sanusi was improper, claiming that it was “an act of impunity which is also beyond the powers of the state governor alone.”

He said that the move of the governor against the monarch was a sad thing to all well-meaning Nigerians given that Sanusi is a global figure who also served the country in the capacity of the head of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Meanwhile, the Kano state government has thrown more light on the dethronement of the former governor of the CBN.

Gov. Ganduge: Deposed Emir was disrespectful to constituted authority

The government on Tuesday, March 10, said that contrary to Kwankwaso’s claim, his administration queried Sanusi three times for disrespecting tradition.

The spokesman to the state governor, Salihu Yakasai, spoke on a private radio station Rave FM in Osogbo, the capital of Osun state.

According to him, “no matter how highly-placed the emir is, constitutionally, he is at the mercy of the governor.

“If you remove sentiment and emotion from the issue, you will know that emir is an appointee of the governor.

“There are certain expectations from the Emir and part of it is to respect the constituted authority and he has a limit to which he has been crossing for three years.”

He said Sanusi was not sacked for an allegation of corruption but on the grounds of disobeying the law.

He said: “The position of Emir comes with its own restrictions which Sanusi didn’t take cognizance of. Sanusi did not grow up in Kano state. He does not understand the traditional institution that he was occupying.”

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