The crisis between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state and the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II may have come to an end after the duo reached a truce on Friday night, June 7, in Abuja, Daily Nigerian reports.
The newspaper reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier on Friday mediated in the matter.
President Buhari reportedly intervened following calls by northern elders as the estrangement between the governor and the emir raised tension in the state.
Legit.ng gathers that the president’s intervention comes a day to the expiration of a query issued to the emir by the state government, seeking answer on alleged misappropriation of the emirate’s finances.
At the peace meeting held on Friday night, the governor and the emir reportedly agreed to sheath the sword for the interest of Kano and prevent break down of law and order.
The reconciliation meeting was allegedly presided over by the chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum and governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, and attended by “a very few notable personalities”, Daily Nigerian says.
“All I can tell you is that the meeting is positive. The parties have agreed to work together in the interest of peace, stability and progress of Kano,” the newspaper quoted a source at the presidency.
“The president will be briefed on the outcome of the meeting. Alhamdulillah the emir and the governor are no more quarreling.”
The newspaper also said it gathered that despite the truce, the Emir Sanusi has decided to clear his name by responding to the query of the state government regarding allegations leveled against him by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission.
Meanwhile, an updated report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also states that the crisis has been resolved following the reconciliatory meeting.
NAN reports that this is contained in a statement by Abba Anwar, the chief press secretary to Governor Ganduje.
According to Anwar, the reconciliatory meeting was initiated by the Kano born business mogul Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Governor Fayemi.
He said after the meeting, the duo exchanged pleasantries with each other in Abuja on Friday.
“As the two leaders met, they congratulated each other for the successful completion of the Ramadan Fast and the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
“Both leaders spoke and urged all Muslims to continue with the good teachings and spirit of the Fasting period of the Month of Ramadan.
“Emir Sanusi seized the opportunity to congratulate Gov. Ganduje for the victory in his second term in office. He also wished the governor successful tenure in office.”
According to the statement, the two agreed that “for healthier relationship between the two institutions of government and Kano Emirate Council, the dialogues will continue.”
Emir Sanusi reportedly left Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) on Thursday evening, June 6, for Abuja for the meeting in company of many district heads.
Recall that the crisis had earlier been linked to Emir Sanusi’s alleged support for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Abba Yusuf, in the 2019 governorship election in the state.
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