The Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, on Monday, dethroned the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, after the traditional ruler’s five years on the throne.
The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, in a statement in Kano on Monday, stated that the removal of Sanusi, whose grandfather, Muhammadu Sanusi I, was deposed in 1963, was unanimously approved by the state executive council.
Before the state government announced Sanusi’s dethronement at 11am on Monday, there were signs that a major decision was in the offing as heavily armed security agents were drafted to the major parts of the city, including the palace of the monarch.
About six hours after Sanusi was deposed, the state government announced Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, a son of the 13th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who died in 2014, as the successor to the dethroned monarch.
The state government as early as 8am had invited journalists to the Government House for what a top officer said was “an important state matter.”
“This removal is made after due consultation with the relevant stakeholders and in compliance with part 3 section 13 of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019 and other reasons stated above.
The state governor, through the secretary to the state government, said he had approved the appointment of Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, as the 15th Emir of Kano in the ruling Fulani dynasty.
A source, who confided in The PUNCH, said, “He (Sanusi) cannot stay in Kano. We cannot have two kings in a city. Recall that Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki was banished to Kaduna when he was removed by the late General Sani Abacha.”
The entire city remained calm despite the removal of the emir as of the time of filing this report as people were still going about with their business while business premises continued to operate without hindrance.
Immediately the chairman raised the issue, he was opposed by some lawmakers, particularly members of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The PDP and the All Progressives Congress members engaged in a free-for-all as they tried to snatch the House mace, the symbol of authority of the House.
The group said the President’s body language gave Danhuje the impetus to dethrone the highly revered monarch.
The Convener of Association, Murtala Abubakar in a statement in Kaduna, said it was unfortunate that a thing like this was happening when the region was in dire need of leadership