Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday, said he dethroned Alhaji Muhammadu Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano to save the system and the traditional institution from abuse.
Governor Ganduje disclosed this at the presentation of a book on former President Goodluck Johnathan, authored by a journalist, Bonaventure Philips Melah.
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He said Sanusi was not the best man for the throne at the time he was appointed in June 2014, stressing that the deposed Emir was appointed to spite former President Jonathan.
Jonathan had in April 2014, sacked Sanusi as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over claims by the ex CBN Governor that $49 billion was stolen by some persons under the Jonathan administration.
Faulting Sanusi’s public outburst over the alleged fraud, Ganduje said the ex CBN Governor ought to have discussed the matter privately with the former President, who in turn could have ordered investigation into the allegation.
Ganduje said: “Jonathan took a bold step in sacking Sanusi as CBN Governor, which created bad blood in certain circles.”
In June 2014, barely two months after he was sacked as CBN Governor, Sanusi got appointed as the Emir of Kano, a position that Ganduje said he did not deserve in the first place.
Governor Ganduje, however, sacked Sanusi as Emir of Kano on March 9, 2020.
“When I became governor, I said yes, the Jonathan medicine is an important medicine.
“That medicine, even though I am not a medical doctor, but that medicine would serve the same purpose, for the same disease and for the same patient.
“So I took my Jonathan medicine and decided to save the system, to save the institution and I applied it effectively. So Jonathan and I are on the same page. Actually, I have no regrets.”