- Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has been advsied to apologise to Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje
- The advise was given to the monarch by a former commissioner for information in the state, Mallam Muhmmad Garba
- Garba said an apology from the Emir is needed for there to be any reconciliation
Former commissioner for information, Mallam Muhmmad Garba has stated that reconciliation between Governor Abdullai Umar Ganduje and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II can only be meaningful until the emir tender unresolved apology to the Kano chief executive.
Besides the apology, Garba said must also withdraw all litigation challenging the Kano state government over the creation of the new emirates.
In a rejoinder written against one Jibrin Ibrahim who criticized Ganduje’s creation of new emirates and financial impropriety on the emir, Mallam Garba urged Emir Sanusi, as part of requisite for peace, to extend hands of fellowship to the new first class emirs.
His words: “Emir Muhammad Sanusi has a moral burden to publicly apologise to Governor Ganduje and Kano state people for dragging the revered image of the Kano emirate into the mockery waters of politics.
“The emir also has the moral burden to withdraw all court cases he is personally sponsoring against the government. This will indeed, demonstrate his readiness to embrace peace and forgive, for the overall interest of Kano and good people of the state.
“The emir should extend a hand of friendship to the emir of Karaye, Rano, Gaya and Bichi. He is also expected to positively use his wealth of experience to lead other emirates and ensure their commitment towards socioeconomic development of the state. When these are done, the reconciliation will not only become sweetest but very rewarding.”
In a 45 paragraph rejoinder, Garba clarified that emir’s ordeals were a self-inflicted one and not a case of witch hunt as speculated by Jibrin.
He said the case of financial impropriety against the emir was instituted by some concerned groups, which he opined, clearly vindicated the government.
He said: “Recall that a group known as Concerned Friends of the Kano Emirate had petitioned the anti-graft agency alleging that a whopping sum of N3.4 billion was illegally expended at different transactions by the Kano Emirate Council with the express approval of the Emir.
“The Kano anti-graft agency has been on this very matter for about three years; and not until recently when it concluded the investigation and did the needful by forwarding the interim report to Kano state government.
“Suffix to say that the state anti-corruption body, which is independent, is acting based on the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission Law 2008 (as amended).
“And as far as the commission is concerned, this investigation is ongoing and the commission will do everything legally possible to deliver its mandate with respect to the case. Interestingly, Emir Sanusi, in compliance with the law, has replied the query issued to him by Kano state government.
“He has stated his own side of the story and I believe relevant authorities are looking into it. In this line, I believe that it is in the interest of Emir Sanusi for the probe to be completed so that the sleeping dogs may lie.”
Meanwhile, delegates of the Northern Coalition for Democracy and Progress (NADP) on Thursday, May 23, called for the resignation of Emir Sanusi.
The decision was taken after NADP delegates from the 18 out of the 19 states that make up the north-west, north-east and north-central states met in Abuja.
In a communique signed by the national coordinator Dr. Abba Gwarzo, the group called commended the Kano state governor, Dr. Abdulahi Umar Ganduje for his courage to lead the reform that will bring development closer to the people.
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