I have no hand in Sanusi’s reinstatement as Kano Emir – Kwankwaso

Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the 2023 General Elections, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has claimed he had no influence in the  reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano.

Kwankwaso had crowned Sanusi as Emir in 2014, but former Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who succeeded him, dethroned the monarch in 2020.

However, after the NNPP won the 2023 governorship election, Kwankwaso had said Sanusi’s dethronement would be reviewed.

On Thursday, the Kano House of Assembly repealed the Emirate Council Law which paved the way for the reinstatement of Sanusi.

Speaking with the BBC on the issue, Kwankwaso, who is the leader of the Kwankwasiyya movement, said: “I will go to Kano very soon and I will speak with some of the assembly members, especially the speaker, and the Governor on what is happening.

“Rabiu Kwankwaso has burnt his hands over dictating what to do. We are still with the Governor working together. It’s just a matter of offering advice and if you are not asked to, you keep quiet so long things are going right we just pray and hope that they succeed.”

Asked to clarify his previous statement indicating that the case of the emir’s dethronement would be revisited, the former governor stated:  “When I said we will revisit the case, I didn’t say the direction to follow. I just said it will be reviewed… When I go there, I will hear what happened and I am sure they will tell me whatever happened and whatever they tell me, we just pray for them. I heard the Assembly members have repealed the law.

“What we were telling them was they should go and investigate whether what happened was done out of goodwill or not. What happened appears to be a vendetta or cheating. It’s just a matter of did Ganduje do right or wrong? It’s not about going against him.”


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