What Ganduje Told Me After Sanusi’s Removal As Kano Emir – Governor Sule 


Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has reacted to the removal of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Sule said his colleague, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano called him to receive Sanusi.

According to the governor, he was eager to receive the banished Emir following a history of good working relationship with him.

“Yes, we were consulted after he (Sanusi) was removed as Emir. So when they made the decision to remove him, the governor directly called me and said ‘we have just removed the Emir. He said since he has been removed, we have to take him somewhere.

“We have decided to relocate him to Nasarawa. Will you accept him? Who am I not to accept someone like the former Emir of Kano?” he asked.

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Speaking further, governor Sule recalled that when he was the Group Managing Director of Dangote, the deposed Emir was the Group Managing Director of First Bank before rising to become Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule speaks on the banishment of ex-Kano Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II in Nasarawa during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on March 16, 2020.

He also noted that when Sanusi emerged as Kano Emir in 2014, the state was his second-largest market for Dangote industries after Lagos State.

Explaining that it would be a great honour to receive him, Sule stressed that he pleaded with Ganduje to decide on the location to host Sanusi.

“The only thing I will plead is that you allow me to select where he will go. I know where he will go is going to be a factor if people don’t understand where he is. And his safety was of utmost importance to me,” he stated.

Governor Sule’s remarks come a week after the Kano State government removed Sanusi, accusing him of insubordination.

Although the dethroned Emir accepted his removal in good fate, he, however, approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja seeking an interim order of his immediate release from detention.

Court Orders Release Of Deposed Emir Sanusi From Detention

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Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo)


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday granted an interim order releasing the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi from detention.

Justice Anwuli Chikere granted the order in line with the prayers on the exparte motion filed on behalf of the deposed Emir by Mr Lateef Fagbemi SAN.

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The judge also notes that the order for the release of the deposed monarch should be served on the respondents to the application.

The respondents to the application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/357/2020 are, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu; the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; the Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar, and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN).

The judge has therefore fixed March 26, 2020, for the hearing of the main suit challenging his detention.

The former Emir had earlier on Thursday approached the court seeking an interim order of the court directing his immediate release from detention.

He prayed the court to order his release from “the detention and or confinement of the respondents and to restore his rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria, (apart from Kano State) pending the hearing and determination of the applicant’s originating summons.”

Ganduje, Sanusi Exchange Pleasantries At Eid Praying Ground

Ganduje, Sanusi Exchange Pleasantries At Eid Praying Ground


Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, were seen exchanging pleasantries on Tuesday.

Both leaders shook hands when they met at the Eid praying ground in the ancient town of Kano for the Eid el-Fitr celebrations after the conclusion of Ramadan fast.

Governor Ganduje who was dressed in a white agbada with a black cap put on a bright smile as he greeted the Emir who was also dressed in colourful traditional attire.

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The governor was accompanied to the praying ground by some top government officials in the state as many Muslims also attended the prayer session.

Both leaders exchanged pleasantries in the public space for the first time since the creation of additional emirates in Kano.

On May 8, Governor Ganduje signed into law the bill seeking the establishment of four additional first-class emirates in Kano.

His assent came shortly after members of the Kano State House of Assembly passed the bill for the creation of new Emirates in Rano, Gaya, Karaya, and Bichi.

Before the passage, the lawmakers approved the amendment of the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Law of the state.

This sparked mixed reactions, but the governor denied claims that the creation of additional Emirates was to settle personal scores with anyone.

Instead, he explained that they were created to make the traditional institution in the state more effective and went further to declare his respect for the Emir of Kano.

Despite this position, Ganduje insisted that the traditional ruler was answerable to his Local Government Chairman, as enshrined in the Constitution.

Two days after the bill became a law, a State High Court in Kano ordered Governor Ganduje and five others to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice filed by Mr Rabiu Gwarzo.

Justice Nasiru Saminu in a ruling delivered on May 10 ordered the respondents to halt the process in the creation of the new Emirates.

A day after the ruling, Governor Ganduje presented letters of appointment to four new first-class emirs during a ceremony held at the state capital.


They are Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado Bayero who is the son of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero; Emir of Gaya, Ibrahim Abulkadir; Emir of Rano, Tafida Abubakar; and Emir of Karaye, Abubakar Ibrahim II.

The governor was confident that the creation of the new Emirates would make the traditional system in Kano more efficient.

Sanusi Supports Downstream Deregulation, Requests Nigeria’s Patience

Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, Downstream DeregulationEmir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, on Wednesday supported the deregulation of the downstream sector and the liberalisation of the foreign exchange market.

The Emir of Kano said this while speaking at a lecture series at the National Defence College, Abuja.

The Emir sees the deregulation as a turning point for Nigeria and hopes that it would lead to the much needed change and transformation if sustained.

“The recent steps that have been taken to deregulating the oil sector, liberalising foreign exchange market, meeting with economists and setting up a proper economic team suggest that there is now attention focused on real economic issue.

“I’m much more optimistic today that I’ve been in many years as far as the economy is concerned,” he said.

A Winning Economy

The monarch said that the efforts of the Federal Government to tackle corruption and insecurity shows that there is a real focus on the economy.

“I think that the building blocks have been put in place. What the government has done by fighting insecurity and fighting corruption provides an environment where economic policies can thrive,” he added.

He appealed to Nigerians that the anticipated change would come with some form of inflation and recession, but said that Nigeria would gradually return to a booming economy.