Muhammadu Sanusi II has mocked the Kano State Government following his dethronement as the Emir of the State. READ ALSO: El-Rufai Visits Dethroned Sanusi In Nasarawa State
Berating the government for the poor manner in which his deposition letter was written, Sanusi, while also criticising the state government for not giving him fair hearing prior to his dethronement, said it was easy for him to challenge his removal in court.
Sanusi, however, said he was going to move on and did not want to return as Emir, saying he did all he could while he was the Emir of Kano for six years.
Speaking in a 45-second video clip that went viral on social media on Saturday, Sanusi said: “I have done what I could in six years, I’m moving on. I don’t want to go back. The truth is, if I had wanted to go back, the dethronement letter was so badly written, it was not done professionally. The easiest thing is just to go to court.”
He added: “It’s simple… fair hearing. ’Did you query him? Did you ask him to defend himself? Did you even call him to ask him any question?’ No. That’s all but I think we should go on to a new phase in life.”
The 58-year-old former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria was dethroned last Monday by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, over total disrespect for lawful instructions from the office of the state government.
Following a statement by the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, the removal of Sanusi, whose grandfather, Muhammadu Sanusi I, was dethroned in 1963, was unanimously approved by the state executive council.
The statement, which conveyed the dethronement of Sanusi read that the Emir was dethroned for: “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state Governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organised by the government without any lawful justification which amount to total insubordination.”
The SSG further alleged that Sanusi breached Part 3 Section 13 (a-e) of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019, adding that if left unchecked, the deposed monarch would destroy the good and established image of the Kano Emirate.
The statement added: “This removal is made after due consultations with the relevant stakeholders and in compliance with Part 3 Section 13 of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019 and other reasons stated above.
“This removal was reached in order to safeguard the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige of the Kano Emirate built over a thousand years.”
The state government announced Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, a son of the late 13th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, about six hours after Sanusi’s deposition.
The SSG said Aminu Ado Bayero’s appointment as the 15th Emir followed the recommendation received
The development has seen Sanusi bag a host of appointments.
Less than 48 hours after his dethronement, Governor Nasir El-Rufai appointed Sanusi as the named Sanusi as the Vice-Chairman of the Kaduna State Investment and Promotion Agency. The Governor also named Sanusi as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University.
A statement by el-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, said the dethroned Emir succeeded the pioneer Chancellor of KASU, His Highness, Mallam Tagwai Sambo.
El-Rufai said the Kaduna State Government was grateful that Sanusi would support the realisation of the governance objectives of the state government.
Similarly, the Ekiti State Government said it would retain the appointment of the deposed Kano Emir as the Chancellor of the Ekiti State University.