Former Kano State Governor, Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on Tuesday has given reasons as to Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje dethronement of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso said that Ganduje is averse to everything that Emir Sanusi II represents (knowledge, wisdom, experience, progressive ideals, and the love for the common man).
According to the former Senator, ‘’We know that Gov. 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, and we know that Gov. Ganduje was madly obsessed with reversing everything that Sen. Kwankwaso did in the state.’’
The former Defence Minister stated this in a release issued by his Principal Private Secretary Muhammad Inuwa Ali on Tuesday and sent to Solacebase.
Solacebase recalled that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was reacting to his successor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje over comments he made at the book launch of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
‘’Everyone knows that Gov. Ganduje’s desperation to obtain a $1.8 billion loan from China to construct light rail and the former Emir’s criticism of the loan is what fueled the illegal removal of Emir Sanusi II; it had nothing to do with former President Jonathan, ‘’Kwankwaso claimed in the statement.
‘’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.’’
Kwankwaso in the statement said in fact, one of the glowing tributes paid to the selection and appointment of Emir Sanusi II was made by the then Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje who on Friday 13th June 2014 had this to say on a live program on Channels Television and Freedom Radio:
“Sanusi was the best among the candidates to be appointed as Emir of Kano. His wealth of experience as one of the best economist in the world and his trustworthiness is always his weapon. Remember how he exposed how billion dollars were stolen by some person under President Jonathan administration
I congratulate HE Rabiu Kwankwaso for choosing the right person at a time Kano and Nigeria need people like Sanusi Lamido Sanusi at this position.”
The statement said the process of appointing the former Emir followed all required laid down procedure.
‘’The appointment and coronation of Emir of Kano is a consultative process that is guided by law and Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso as the then Governor of Kano state knows the type of people to consult when it comes to such critical issues that border on life-long appointments like the successor of the late revered Emir Ado Bayero. Sen Kwankwaso was looking for a progressive emir that will succeed the late emir and certainly everyone that knows Gov. Ganduje will attest that he is not progressive and hence that was why Sen. Kwankwaso deliberately refused to consult him on the choice of Muhammad Sunusi II as new Emir.’’
‘’Being a leader with foresight Sen. Kwankwaso is of the view that whenever an opportunity presents itself to a leader to make a decision that will be a lifelong appointment one must not make such a decision on personal sentiments because these sentiments might change and then what happens to such a decision?’’
‘’Therefore, the choice of Muhammad Sunusi II was made among other contestants because he is the most knowledgeable in both Islamic and western education, he is the most experienced and enjoys a tremendous amount of support and goodwill from the kingmakers, the emirate council and indeed the good people of Kano state; this was what informed his appointment.’’
‘’Little wonder therefore that the new emirs are keeping sealed lips while the governor who also doubles as the commissioner for land and survey is butchering all public properties and grabbing every piece of land for himself and his family. It is inconceivable how any right-thinking person will even contemplate destroying and selling places of cultural heritage, mosques premises, cemeteries, school premises, and many such other public places, like the:
‘’900 years old 14km Kano city wall (Ganuwa) which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site;
Central Eid Ground;
Fagge Juma’at Mosque;
Kano Zoological Garden;
Triumph Publishing Company;
Institute of Hospitality and Tourism of the Kano State University of Science & Technology Wudil;
Kano State Polytechnic Staff Quarters & Old School of Management Studies;
Demolishing and selling a multi-story parking lot at Shahuci; and
Numerous public land across the 44 local government councils. ‘’
The statement alleged that all these atrocities are committed by Ganduje because the people did not vote him but rather imposed on Kano people by Aso Rock Villa.