As the news of the dethronement of Lamido Sanusi, the former Emir of Kano, continues to trend, the presidency has made frantic efforts to distant itself from the saga. 

GARBA Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity on Wednesday exonerated President Muhammadu Buhari from being behind the removal of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano. 

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Shehu, while reacting to report that the president was behind the fate that befell the former emir described the report as politically motivated, insisting that Buhari had no connection in the issue ‘whatsoever,’ even as he maintained that Kano State Government has the authority to remove or install emirs, like other traditional rulers. 

“President Muhammadu Buhari has no involvement whatsoever in the dethronement of HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II from the position of Emir of Kano. All such insinuations are untrue, malicious and politically motivated,” Shehu tweeted on his verified Twitter handle. 

“The President does not have a history of intervening in the affairs of any state in the country, unless the issue at hand is of national consequence. On such matters which impinge on national security, he has a duty of involvement as the law stipulates. 

“As outlined in the Constitution, the appointment or removal of emirs and other traditional leaders is strictly within the jurisdiction of state governments.” 

“They all have their powers specified under the Constitution.” 

The presidency, however, applauded the people of Kano for being calm following the dethronement. 

It could be recalled that Kano State Government on Monday under the leadership of Abdullahi Ganduje dethroned the former governor Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over allegation of being disrespectful and insubordination. 

But since his removal, notable Nigerians have criticised the governor’s decision. While some reacted on the legality, others insisted on Sanusi’s right to seek redress.

MAURICE OGU (@cojmaurice)

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