The Kano State Government led by Abdullahi Ganduje has announced the immediate dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Speaking on the State Executive Council’s decision to dethrone Sanusi, the Secretary to the State Government(SSG), Alhaji Usman Alhaji said the Emir of Kano is in total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state governor and other lawful authorities.
According to him, the dethroned Emir’s persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organised by the government without any justification amount to total insubordination.
His words: “It is on record and on so many instances, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II has been found breaching part 3 section 13 (a-e)of the Kano State Emirate law 2019 and which if left unchecked will destroy the good and established image of the Kano Emirate.
“This removal is made after due consultation with the relevant stakeholders and in compliance with part 3 section 13 of the Kano State Emirate law and other reasons stated above.”
The SSG further stated that the removal was reached in order to safeguard the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige of the Kano Emirate built over thousand years
He stated that the governor has called appealed on the general public to remain calm, law abiding go about their normal businesses, adding that a new Emir will soon be appointed.
Sanusi ascended the throne in 2014, following the death of his uncle, Ado Bayero. His grandfather Muhammadu Sanusi I reigned from 1953 to 1963, before he was deposed by Premier of Northern region, Ahmadu Bello. His father Aminu Sanusi was Ciroma of Kano.
Prior to his accession, Sanusi was an economist and banker. He served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) from 2009 to 2014, before he was suspended by President Goodluck Jonathan after raising an alarm on alleged missing $20 billion.
The dethroned Emir has been at loggerheads with the governor since last year amid allegations that he supported the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Abba Kabir-Yusuf.
He was under investigation for alleged corruption while his emirate was split into five to whittle down his influence before he was eventually sacked on Monday.