Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano State, has accused President Buhari of giving the order for the dethronement of former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
The former presidential aspirant on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made this statement in an interview with BBC Hausa Service this morning Wednesday March 11th. It was during his administration that Sanusi was made king in 2014.
The former governor alleged that “the governor of Kano himself has been saying that he has been given the order to remove Sanusi.” Speaking during the interview, Kwankwaso 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 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 Governorment 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 him choose 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.”
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” Kwankwaso said
Remember that President Buhari had earlier stated that he will not interfere in the rift between the Emir and his State Governor. When the faceoff between both men started, the President was approached by newsmen to comment on it and his response was that he will be overstepping his bounds, constitutionally, if he gets involved in the dispute.