He was staying in a mansion, dressing gorgeously, addressed as a king, but forgot to watch his tongue. Sanusi failed in his responsibilities as an Emir – Governor Ganduje

Mohammed Sanusi, the Emir of Kano

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has stated that former Emir of Kano State, Muhammad Sanusi, was deposed because he failed in his responsibility as a traditional ruler.

Sanusi was dethroned by Ganduje in March 2020.

According to the governor who spoke on Politics Today, a Channels TV programme, the former emir was removed “to safeguard the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige of the Kano Emirate built over a thousand years.”

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

He said that Sanusi was unable to transition from a social critic to a traditional ruler, adding that he forgot to watch his tongue.

“The real story was that the deposed emir of Kano did not understand the responsibilities of a traditional ruler especially for a strong institution like that of Kano.

“The emir of Kano was a social critic, a celebrated social critic and there was nothing wrong with that because he is an educated person; there is freedom of speech.”

Ganduje revealed that when he was deputy governor to former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Sanusi as an executive director in a commercial bank, criticised their government which led to the withdrawal of the state government’s fund in the bank.

“He (Sanusi) made a statement that instead of providing water in the state, we were building a house in Abuja – the governor’s lodge in Asokoro.

“I remember my governor said either the bank sacks him or we should withdraw our accounts from the bank and the bank did not sack him, so we withdrew N969m from that bank. That was the work of a social critic.”

Governor Ganduje said that the emir refused to change his stature to that of a traditional ruler.

“He is an economist but he failed to understand (that) in economics, you have to inherit assets and liabilities.

“But he only inherited the assets of a traditional institution by giving orders, staying in a mansion, dressing gorgeously, (and) being addressed as a king, but (not) the liability of that institution – you have to watch your words. You have to watch your tongue, and he didn’t do that.

“That was the problem. That was the biggest problem; that he could not change his mode of life from social critic to an institution.

“As of now, that institution does not afford a social critic of his style. With the problem in the society, he was destroying the institution. That was why I had a problem with him; he was destroying the institution,” Ganduje added.

On the next All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Ganduje said, the slot should be given to the southern region.

“I think zoning should be respected as a strategy to win the election – the southern part of the country – but there should be a consensus from the members,” he stated.

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