- The eid el-fitr celebrations has brought Emir of Kano and Governor Ganduje together
- Both men met at the eid praying ground for the first time after Ganduje split the Kano emirate into five
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state and the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, were at the eid praying ground in the ancient town on Tuesday, June 4.
Both men who were brought together by the eid el-fitr celebrations shook hands.
The governor and the emir have not been seen together publicly since Ganduje split the Kano emirate into five.
Their meeting is coming less than 24 hours after report surfaced that Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission had recommended the suspension of the emir.
The anti-corruption commission in the evening of Monday, June 3, said it uncovered over N3.4 billion allegedly misappropriated by Sanusi.
According to a preliminary report of the investigation conducted by the commission and signed by its chairman, Muhuyi Magaji, the alleged amount was said to have been misappropriated between 2014 and 2017.
Governor Ganduje has been severely criticised for going after the emir who was reportedly not in support of his reelection bid.
Recall that Ganduje had on May 8 approved the creation of four emirates councils of Gaya, Rano, Karaye and Bichi. The governor declared that the law would come into effect immediately.
It was speculated that the governor created the new emirates to reduce Sanusi's influence, and many have criticised the move. Some are of the opinion that Ganduje lacked the moral standard to probe the emir being that there is a bribery allegation hanging over him.
Recall that in 2018, videos of the governor allegedly receiving kickbacks went viral. The governor reacted immediately, denying collecting money from any contractor, even as he said it was a calculated attempt to impugn his person.
The state assembly set up a panel to investigate the $5m bribery allegation against Ganduje.
However, the Kano state high court ordered the state House of Assembly’s seven-man panel to stop further investigations into the matter.
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