Abdullahi Ganduje and Muhammadu Sanusi II Emir of Kano - Nigeria News

The Friday appointment of four additional emirs in Kano State by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has significance beyond the perceived move by the governor to get at the controversial Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. Before the governor’s action, Kano — as a geographical and cultural entity — has maintained single rulership since the establishment of the Sokoto caliphate in 1804. It was, therefore, no surprise that Mr Ganduje’s action generated anxiety and anger in equal measure. Speaking to State House correspondents on Friday, Mr Ganduje defended his government’s swift creation of four additional emirates. “It is not vendetta, I am not against him (Mr Sanusi). In fact, he is supposed to be reporting to the local government chairman according to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the governor was reported as saying. But even as Mr Ganduje struggled to defend the happenings in the state, the actions of his government, in partnership with the Kano State House of Assembly, have left no room to take the governor’s words. It is public knowledge that Mr Ganduje has barely had a good relationship with Mr Sanusi for most of the last four years. Mr Sanusi was appointed Emir of Kano in 2014 by Mr Ganduje’s predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso. Mr Ganduje was then Mr Kwankwaso’s deputy. But since the coming of Mr Ganduje as governor in May 2015, the emir and the governor have been in a frosty relationship. In 2017, what appeared like an engineered plot by the government to…

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