Frank Ikpefan, Abuja
Former Governor of the State of Kano, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has denied the appointment of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammad Sanusi II, as Emir of Kano, despite former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Kwankwaso responded to comments attributed to Abdullah Ganduje, the governor of the state of Kano, that he (Kwankwaso) had appointed Sanusi II in defiance of former President Jonathan
Ganduje said at the presentation of the book about Jonathan that Sanusi was not the best man for the throne at the time he was appointed in June 2014, saying that the deposed Emir was appointed in spite of the former president.
The governor also said Sanusi was removed from office to save the system and traditional institutions.
However, Kwankwaso in a statement signed by his chief private secretary Muhammad Ali explained that the appointment and coronation of Sanusi as Emir of Kano followed the prescribed procedure and that it was done in tandem with the law of Kano Emirate.
The former governor added that Muhammad Sanusi II was chosen among the other contestants because he (Sanusi) enjoyed the goodwill of the people and was the most experienced in Islamic and Western education.
The statement reads: “The despair of Governor Ganduje to receive a loan of 1.8 billion dollars and the criticism of the former Emir on the account of the loan encouraged the removal of Emir Sanusi II.
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“It had nothing to do with former President Jonathan. It is common knowledge that the Emir was too progressive at the behest of Governor Ganduje and that is why, after his illegal removal and disintegration of the Council of the Emirate, Kano appointed an Emir who would not question his unscrupulous decisions even if they were against the interests of the state and its people.
“To set the records directly, the appointment and coronation of the Emir of Kano is a legal advisory process and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso as then Governor of Kano knows what kind of people to consult when it comes to such critical issues bordering on lifelong appointments like heir of the late Emir Ado Bayer.
“Sen Kwankwaso was looking for a progressive emir to succeed the late emir and surely everyone who knows Governor Ganduje will confirm that he is not progressive and that is why Senator Kwankwaso deliberately refused to advise him on choosing Muhammad Sunusi II as the new Emir.
“Because he is a predictable leader, Senator Kwankwaso believes that whenever a leader is given the opportunity to make a decision that will be a lifelong meeting, he must not make such a decision about personal feelings because those feelings could change and then what happens. “