The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has accused the former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, of not watching his tongue as a traditional ruler giving that as the reason why he removed him, Sanusi as emir of Kano
The governor speaking on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, said Sanusi did not understand the responsibilities of a traditional ruler.
Sanusi was dethroned in March 2020 by the state government, “to safeguard the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige of the Kano Emirate built over a thousand years.”
He said the former emir through his speeches was destroying the institution.
According to the governor “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.”
While giving reason why he removed Sanusi as emir of Kano, he recounted an encounter Sanusi as an executive director in a bank had with the state government during reign of Governor Musa Kwankwaso.
“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.”
“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.