Erstwhile governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has alleged President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as emir.
Kwankwaso made the claim during an interview with the BBC Hausa. According to him, Sanusi’s removal was carried out on the order of the president.
He said: “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 person. 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.
“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.
“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. Here in Kano as we see, Buhari destabilises where ever he puts his hands.”
CRISPNG had on Monday reported how Sanusi was ousted by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, over allegations of insubordination shortly after the Kano executive council meeting.
The emir had afterwards been banished from the state for a village in Nassarawa while Aminu Ado Bayero, one of the sons of his predecessor, was installed as the new emir of Kano.