Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi on Tuesday led the Eid prayer at the Murtala Mohammed prayer ground in Kaduna metropolis.
The state Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Senator representing Kaduna central, Uba Sani, and other dignitaries were also at the prayers.
In his message, the former Emir of Kano called on Nigerians to continue to live in peace irrespective of their religious or ethnic differences so as to foster peace and unity in the country.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai in his address spoke on the importance of peaceful coexistence. He announced that more troops have been deployed to Kaduna State to help flush out bandits and other criminals in a bid to restore peace and security in the state.
He, however, solicited prayers from the citizens to help tackle the myriads of challenges confronting the state.
The governor also in a press statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye urged Muslims to emulate the example of faith and sacrifice that Sallah symbolises.
The governor commended the resilience of citizens in these tough times and prayed for the blessings of Allah for the immense sacrifices that are being made.
He urged the Muslim community to keep hope alive and to celebrate Eid el-Kabir in compliance with public health guidelines prescribed to protect everyone from the very infectious Delta variant Covid-19 that is already circulating in some states in the country.
The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has faulted the disinvitation of Governor Nasir El-Rufai as a speaker in one of the panel sessions at the 2020 conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
Speaking during a visit to the Kaduna State governor at his office in the Government House on Sunday, Sanusi criticised the NBA for taking such a decision by relying on mere hearsay or petition from a few lawyers.
He believes it is wrong to withdraw the invitation the association earlier extended to the governor without given him a fair hearing to defend himself.
The former emir, however, advised that the matter should be handled properly by the leadership of the NBA to prevent it from generating ethnic or religious concerns.
According to him, the association has lost an opportunity to interrogate the governor and collectively rub minds to identify areas that need to be addressed for the purpose of governance.
Sanusi also prayed for peace to return to the troubled Southern Kaduna and other parts of the country where there were security challenges.
He also commended his host for the way he has managed the affairs of Kaduna, especially the effort to resolve the security challenges in Southern Kaduna and other parts of the state.
On his part, Governor El-Rufai described the former emir as a worthy partner and friend to Kaduna State.
He noted that as the Vice Chairman of Kaduna State Investment Promotion Agency, the former traditional ruler would help in turning around the economy of the state.
Following his arrival in Kaduna, Sanusi was received by a crowd of supporters who joined in his motorcade to the Government House.
His visit to Governor El-Rufai, who is his long-time friend for over 40 years, comes more than five months after he was deposed by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.
The Federal High Court sitting in Kano has dismissed the application of deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, seeking to stop the State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) from investigating a petition against him over N2 billion alleged land scam.
In his judgment on Monday, Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa held that the court cannot restrain a statutory body from carrying out its official responsibility.
He added that the deposed emir’s fundamental human rights guaranteed under section 36(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has not been breached in any way by the investigation of the commission.
The judge said “the substratum of the entire case of the applicant collapsed” with the court’s decision that there has been no breach of the fundamental human right of the applicant, thereby dismissing all other claims as mere “academic”.
Sanusi had approached the court on March 6, 2020, seeking to halt PCACC’s invitation to him to come and explain his role in an alleged land transaction scam.
He had asked the court to declare that PCACC’s refusal to give him facilities and allow him adequate time to prepare for his defence was a breach of his fundamental human right to a fair hearing.
The deposed emir, therefore, urged the court to set aside the letter of invitation extended to him and declare that PCACC be perpetually restrained from further investigating him over the breach of his fundamental human rights to a fair hearing.
However, PCACC and its chairman, Muhyi Magaji, through their lawyer, Usman Fari, submitted during the trial that they were only investigating allegations of fraud in the land transaction in Darmanawa, in the state metropolis in which over N500 million was alleged to have been siphoned through a proxy.
PCACC’s lawyer had informed the court that it received a petition from a whistleblower that lands belonging to the Kano Emirate Council, which the applicant was heading at the time, were been illegally sold, and it invited and interviewed many people, including officers and titleholders in the council.
It said its preliminary investigation was the reason it extended an invitation to Sanusi and denied that it was unfair to the deposed emir or any other person in the matter.
Fari argued that Sanusi cannot claim that his right to a fair hearing was (likely) to be jeopardised when he refused to honour the invitation extended to him while others did.
He said since PCACC was not a judicial or quasi-judicial body, the requirements of fair hearing that was contemplated by Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would not be applicable.
He explained that the commission did not conduct a hearing to determine anyone’s guilt, but rather carried out an investigation, stressing that fair hearing was an opportunity to be heard and that opportunity was granted to Sanusi.
On the allegation of bias, the lawyer noted that there was no fact in Sanusi’s application to support the claim.
He, therefore, insisted that the deposed emir’s prayers to the court to give an injunction restraining PCACC from further investigating him would amount to frustrating the commission from carrying out its statutory duties.
Fari then urged the court to disregard the prayers of the deposed emir in the application.
Magaji told Channels Television after Monday’s sitting that the commission would proceed with its investigation after the judgement.
The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has gotten another appointment from the Kaduna State government.
In a statement from Sir Kashim Ibrahim House on Wednesday, the government named Sanusi as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University (KASU).
According to the statement signed by the governor’s media aide, Muyiwa Adekeye, the former Emir succeeds the pioneer Chancellor of the university and the Chief of Moro’a, Tagwai Sambo, who was appointed to the role in 2005.
“On behalf of the government and people of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai is delighted to appoint His Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University. In public life, His Highness has demonstrated a strong commitment to education.
“The Kaduna State Government has no doubt that as Chancellor, His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi, would provide symbolic and substantive leadership in raising the profile of KASU as an emerging centre of learning on the national and global level.”
The Kano State government has denied the reports that the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has been banished from the state.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in the state, Ibrahim Muktar, stated this during his appearance on Channels Television on Wednesday.
He said, “You see, If you listen to the Secretary to the State Government when he was addressing the press on the issue of the removal of the emir from office, there was nowhere he said the emir was even banished from Kano State.
“So, the decision of the government was (that) the emir … as of Monday was removed from office and a new emir was appointed. The issue of banishment was not part of the decision of the Kano State Government.
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has described the dethronement and banishment of the Muhammadu Sanusi (II), as illegal.
He said this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.
“The dethronement, the Banishment and restriction of movement and detention are all clearly illegal.
“In the first place, the governor held an Executive Council meeting presided over by him and within a space of five minutes, the emir had been accused of executing disrespect to constituted authority, meaning the governor and in the meeting presided over by the governor where he was the accuser, the prosecutor and the witness,” he said.
According to him, the emir was dethroned without being given any opportunity to defend himself.
“As if such violation of his freedom and right to fair hearing was not enough, the governor was alleged to have ordered his arrest and banishment to his village in Nasarawa State,” Falana added.
“You do not impeach a governor and decide to detain him somewhere. He has the right to move freely, he has the right to exercise all his powers”.
When asked if he (Sanusi) has the legal grounds to challenge the dethronement, Falana said, “for sure”.
Meanwhile, Sanusi’s Lawyers have already threatened to take legal action if the state authorities don’t release him within the next 24 hours.
The lawyers made this known during a press briefing on Tuesday in Abuja while the emir was being moved from Loko Development Area of Nasarawa State to Awe Local Government Area.
The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has arrived in Nasarawa State.
He arrived in Loko Development Area in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state at about 2:30am on Tuesday.
This followed Sanusi’s departure from the Malam Aminu International Airport, hours after the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Usman Alhaji, announced that he had been removed as the Emir of Kano.
Alhaji who spoke at the State Executive Council meeting on Monday revealed that the state government took the decision over Sanusi’s consistent refusal to abide by instructions given to him.
The removal is said to be in line with the recommendation of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission which summoned the deposed emir.
In documents obtained by Channels Television and signed by the chairman of the commission, Sanusi was accused of obstructing the investigation of the commission.
The commission had asked the traditional ruler to respond to a petition accusing him of selling lands belonging to the Kano Emirate to the tune of N2 billion.
Sanusi had, however, secured a restriction order from a court to stop the commission from investigating him.
Meanwhile, the government has announced the Emir of Bichi Aminu Ado Bayero, as the new Emir of Kano.
Aminu is the son of the 13th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who died in 2014.
Thereafter, Nasiru Ado Bayero was appointed as the new Emir of Bichi Emirate.
In the statement, Anwar explained that the governor appointed Sanusi and others to lead the affairs of the Council in line with the provisions of the Constitution.
“By the powers conferred on the Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR, by Sections 4 (2) (g) and Section 5((1) (2) of the Kano State Emirate Councils Law 2019, he makes the following appointments; that His Highness, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano Emirate, as Chairman Kano State Council of Chiefs.
“Among other members of the State Council of Chiefs are all other four first-class Emirs of Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, Alhaji Dr Tafida Abubakar (Autan Bawo), Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II, and Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir, who are also automatic members of the Council, as enshrined in the State Emirate Council Law,” the governor’s aide said.
He added that Section 4(2) gave other members as Secretary to the State Government, Commissioner for Local Governments, five Chairmen of Local Government Councils – one each from the Local Government Council where the Emir’s palace is situated.
“Others according to this Section comprise at least 10 kingmakers, two each from the five emirates mentioned under Section 3(1) of the Law, Chief Imam of each Emirate.
“Other members include a representative of the business community from each emirate to be appointed by the governor, as the names of Alhaji Dalhat Al-Hamsad and Alhaji Auwalu Abdullahi Rano are appointed by the governor, as two of them,” he disclosed.
According to Anwar, the law also stipulates as members of the Council of Chiefs, a representative of security agencies, the police, Department of State Services (DSS), and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
“Section 5(1), (2) of the Law provides that, the Chairmanship of the State Council of Chiefs shall be rotational among the five Emirs of the Emirates and the sequence of which is to be determined by the governor and the Chairman shall serve for a period of two years only.
“The appointment is with effect from Monday, the 9th Day of December 2019. It is also directed that the Chairman shall immediately summon the inaugural meeting of the Council in accordance with the provisions of the Law,” Ganduje’s aide added.
The governor, therefore, urged all the Council members to utilise the opportunity to serve the people in the state.
He also asked them to strengthen the emirates and the traditional system of administration in the Kano in advising the state government, more particularly on security matters.
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, shed tears on Thursday as he decries the alarming rate of inequalities in the country.
According to him, the inequalities in society have caused so much hardship with the poor paying the ultimate sacrifice.
The traditional ruler made the submission as he gave an emotional address at a United Nations meeting to reach Sustainable Development Goals in Lagos.
He sobbed as narrated an unfortunate situation where a mother could not save her sick child, despite being close to getting help.
Sanusi told the gathering at the event that on that fateful day, the woman had walked to the palace from a children’s hospital located just about 200 metres.
According to him, he heard a very loud scream and asked someone to check what happened while the person who came back with tears in his eyes.
The emir said the baby died in the mother’s arms while she was waiting for her turn to ask for money to buy the drug to save her child.
“And how much was this? It was less than five dollars,” an emotional Sanusi said.
He added, “This is what happens every day in this country. Children die because their parents cannot afford five dollars, that a mother will watch her child die because she does not have five dollars.”
Business mogul, Aliko Dangote and Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi have initiated a dialogue between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II in a bid to ensure a healthy relationship between both institutions.
The meeting which took place in Abuja on Friday had all the key figures exchange pleasantries, shortly after completion of the Month of Ramadhan Fast and the Sallah festive period.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State, Abba Anwar, both leaders urged the Muslim community to imbibe the good teachings and spirit of the Fasting period.
The dialogue, at the instance of Dangote and Fayemi, also addressed the indictment on the Emir by the Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission on allegations of corruption to the sum of over 4 billion Naira.
The commission had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Emir to submit a satisfactory explanation regarding the allegation against him.
The statement also clarified that the meeting was not at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari as speculated.
The dialogue was initiated by the Kano-born business mogul Aliko Dangote and the Chairman of Nigerias Governors Forum Dr. Kayode Fayemi. Not by President Muhammadu Buhari as earlier speculated by some section of the media.
For a healthier relationship between the two institutions of government and Kano Emirate, the dialogue continues.
Emir Sanusi seized the opportunity to congratulate governor Ganduje for the victory in his second term in office; wishing the governor a successful tenure in office.
However, Chairman of the commission, Muhuyi Magaji told Channels TV that as far as he is concerned, the commission has no business with any dialogue.
“We do not care about any dialogue between the state government and the Emir, we are an independent body and we are doing our job professionally, what we are waiting for now is a response from the state government on our earlier recommendations of suspending the Emir, to pave way for investigation.
We heard that the state government has demanded an explanation from the emir; therefore, we are not part of any dialogue and our investigation is still ongoing.”