By Babajide Okeowo
Fresh indications have emerged on the real reasons why Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State dethroned Muhammad Sanusi II as Emir of Kano.
Top on the list is the inferiority complex exhibited by the governor as the high esteem and influence the former Emir possessed made Ganduje jittery hence his insistence on dethroning him.
Another reason was the criticism of a $1.8 billion loan to be obtained by the Governor for a light rail line project in the state by Sanusi.
These reasons were disclosed by Former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso in a statement signed by his Principal Private Secretary, Muhammad Ali, on Tuesday.
“We know that Ganduje always feels diminished and inferior in the presence of the Emir, and we know that Gov Ganduje harbours a pathological hatred for the Kano Traditional Institution, that was why he had to dethrone him.
We also know that Ganduje was madly obsessed with reversing everything that Sen. Kwankwaso did in the state. And we are aware, for these reasons, Gov. Ganduje was set, ab initio, to destroy the Kano Emirate. And Emir Sanusi II was marked to be the first victim.
Let me also put on record that Emir Sanusi II was abducted and illegally dethroned by Gov. Ganduje and his cohorts because of the Emir’s progressive ideas on various issues that affect the people of the state,” he said.
Kwankwaso narrated that the Emir’s removal has nothing to do with former President Goodluck Jonathan as earlier mentioned by the Governor at an event.
He also said Ganduje dethroned the Emir because of the latter’s criticism of a $1.8 billion loan to be obtained by the Governor for a light rail line project in the state.
“Everyone knows that Ganduje’s desperation to obtain the $1.8 billion loan and the former Emir’s criticism of the loan is what fuelled the illegal removal of Emir Sanusi II; it had nothing to do with former President Jonathan.
It is common knowledge that the Emir was too progressive for Gov. Ganduje’s liking and that was exactly why after his illegal removal and the dismemberment of the Kano Emirate Council, he appointed Emirs that will not question his ill-advised decisions even if they are against the interest of the state and its people” he added.
Recall that Ganduje had earlier said at the presentation of a book on former President Jonathan, that Sanusi was removed from office to save the system and the traditional institution.
Recall also that Ganduje succeeded Kwankwaso as governor in 2015 after serving as a deputy.