A former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has fingered President Buhari as the main orchestrator for the deposition of the iconic Emir Sanusi.
He made this known during an interview with BBC Hausa on Wednesday, March 11, where he described the deposition of Emir Sanusi as a sad one.
Kwankwaso never issued a query to dethroned Emir Sanusi II
Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, also availed himself the opportunity to correct a statement from the current administration of Kano State, led by Governor Ganduje that he had queried the deposed Emir when he was Governor.
“I never issued a query to His Highness Emir Sanusi II or did anything that looks like that. What I know is that, if you are Governor or President, you are supposed to know that, you are a leader, helper of the people, lover peace, not to use what you have like the security forces to muscle people like what we saw in Kano yesterday (Monday),” he said.
The former Governor went further to explain that the people of Kano are displeased with the dethronement of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II.
His words, “Let me begin by saying today is a very sad day in Kano, Nigeria and by extension in the entire world because His Highness the Emir of Kano (Sanusi) is a global personality.
“What we have seen is very sad because there is no responsible government that is supposed to take the kind of step taken by Kano State Government by dethroning Emir Muhammad Sanusi II.
“But, the big issue is that, as enshrined by section 35 of the Nigerian Constitution, even if you dethrone someone as Emir, you ought to allow chose wherever he so pleases to stay, that is even when you follow due process to dethrone him.
“However, like people who are close to President Muhammadu Buhari often say that the President does not intervene in disputes; that, if people are in dispute the President just keeps quiet, but we in Kano do not see him (President Muhammadu Buhari) like that; we see him like he selects where he intervenes. And where he is supposed to intervene, he doesn’t, but where he is not supposed to intervene, that is where he does.”
How Buhari Dethroned Emir Sanusi
The PDP chieftain stated authoritatively that leaders in Kano are saying that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the dethronement of the Emirate leader.
His words, “You see leaders here in Kano State Government themselves are saying they were given the order to dethrone the Emir. He (President Muhammadu Buhari) is the one that gave them the order.”
While explaining why he did not advise the President on his alleged interference with traditional institutions, Kwankwaso made it clear that there are individuals paid heavily to advise Buhari.
Speaking on the allegation of his movement popularly known as Kwankwasiyya supporting the deposed Emir, he said that his movement only supports the truth.
“The reason they are insinuating that we are supporting the Emir and the Emir is supporting us is that His Highness the Emir had said repeatedly that, whoever won the Kano State Governorship election should be given his mandate. Those are the kind of statements from the Emir that got them (APC Government) angry.
“And you see, the process they followed in the dethronement of the Emir is not the only problem, the most disturbing is the way and manner they humiliated the people of Kano by humiliating the Emir.”