Buhari: I was not involved in dethronment of Sanusi

Buhari: I was not involved in dethronment of Sanusi

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:46 pm

President Buhari

The Preidency has debunked insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari was behind the dethronment of former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammadu Sanusi II, as Emir of Kano.

Musa Kwankwaso, a former presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP had in an interview published on the Hausa service of BBC on Wednesday morning alleged that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State deposed the former Emir on the instruction of President Buhari.

The former Emir was deposed by the Kano State Government last Monday.

But in a swift reaction to the allegation, the Presidency said President 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.”

In the statement signed by Garba Shehu, a media aide to Buhari, the Presidency also said 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. It is unfair and disingenuous of opposition politicians to try to link the situation in Kano State to the federal government and the Nigerian President.

“Although a retired General and former Military Head of State, President Buhari clearly understands that under the current democratic dispensation, the government at the centre cannot read instructions or twist the arms of all or any of the 36 state governments making up the federation. They all have their powers specified under the Constitution.

“President Buhari commends the people of Kano for keeping calm in the past few days of the dethronement announcement. He prays that the will of Allah will be done at all times, and that the emirate/state and its people continue to experience progress irrespective of who is on the throne.”

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