Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has finally carried out his suspected vendetta against Muhammadu Sanusi II, dethroning him on Monday as the Emir of Kano “for total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the governor”.
Ganduje made the announcement at a special sitting of the Kano executive council which he chaired.
Usman Alhaji, secretary to the state government, said in a statement that the removal was with immediate effect, saying a new emir of Kano would be appointed soon.
“The Kano State Executive Council under the Chairmanship of His Excellency the Governor of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR has unanimously approved the immediate removal/dethronement of the Emir of Kano Emirate Muhammad Sunusi II.
“The Emir of Kano is in total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state Governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organized by the Government without any lawful justification which amount to total insubordination. the statement.
The statement added, “It is on record and in so many instances Malam Muhammad Sunusi II has been found breaching part 3 section 13 (a e) of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019 and which if left unchecked will destroy the good and established image of the Kano Emirate.
“This removal is made after due consultation with the relevant stakeholders and in compliance with part 3 section 13 of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019 and other reasons stated above.
“The removal was reached in order to safeguard the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige of the Kano Emirate built over a thousand years.”
There has been bad blood between Emir Sanusi and governor Ganduje.
It is alleged that Sanusi worked against his reelection as governor in 2009, supporting the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Sanusi, who was governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009 to 2014, ascended the throne on June 8, 2014, following the death of al-Haji Ado Bayero.
The monarch had been under investigation for alleged corruption.
In order to undo Sanusi and whittle down his influence, Ganduje had also controversially split the Kano Emirate into five.