Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday vehemently denied that the recent move by the state government was aimed at getting back at the Emir of Kano.
Ganduje said he had nothing against the emir, adding that Sanusi ordinarily should be reporting to a Local Government Chairman and not a State Governor.
“It is not vendetta; I am not against him, in fact he is supposed to be reporting to the local government chairman according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.
“It is the local government chairman that he is supposed to discuss issues with, and not the governor. So, this is celebrated by the people of Kano and we will make sure that the new emirate councils are effective in terms of developing Kano State,” he added.
He noted that it was not a vendetta against Sanusi and he would not deliberately destroy the Kano Emirate dating back to 800 years.
According to the governor, it is a move meant to bring the traditional institution into full participation in governance.
Naija Buzz had in its analysis reported how the decentralization of the Kano Emirate appears to be premeditated. And how the development was apparently aimed at reducing the influence of the Kano Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II because he worked against the governor’s second term re-election.
Governor Ganduje however said that those who insinuate that he was trying to reduce Sanusi’s influence as an Emir were only entitled to their opinions.
“Well, they are entitled to their own opinion but we are taking Kano to the next level and we need active participation of the traditional system, especially in the areas of education, security, agriculture, we need the effectiveness of the traditional rulers.
“By decentralising it, we are following history. Years back even before the 800 years you are referring to, the situation was not like that. So, if something developed 800 years ago, things are also developing now and there will be another 800 years. So, look at the history.”
The Kano Emirate is considered one of the prides in the north. It is seen as the biggest traditional position after the Sultan of Sokoto.