Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Friday denied speaking in support of the creation of additional emirates in Kano state.
Addressing Journalists at the end of a meeting of the Northern Governors’ Forum in Kaduna,Kashim Shettima said he has a special relationship with, governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje and emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II and cannot take sides in the controversy.
The outgoing Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum said he’s indebted to the governor and the royal father.
‘’ I am indebted to the governor as Ganduje adopted 200 Borno orphans while the royal father, Sanusi brought Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, to my state for humanitarian assistance,’’ said Shettima.
Solacebase recalled that Abdullahi Ganduje on May 8 created four new Emirates in the state with appointment of first class Emirs in the Emirates, a move many described as getting back at Emir Sanusi who was said to have worked against the governor’s reelection.
He said the northern governors are making frantic moves to ensure that the rift between the governor and emir is addressed.
According to him, “We governors have one unwritten policy. We don’t openly interfere with issues of one another. We only play background roles to lobby and appeal.’’
He added that ,“The northern governors did play a role sometime back over the same Kano emirate and we are still working underground because I cannot dictate to Ganduje how he should run Kano but we can work underground as bridge builders.
“I pray very soon the governor and the emir will come back together as one.”