- Governor Nasir El-Rufai has been asked to create a new emirate for the former Emir of Kano
- The APC Kano state chapter made the request in a statement on Monday, March 16
- The ruling party urged the governor to make an additional emirate in Kaduna instead of giving ceremonial appointments
The Kano state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, March 16, asked Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to create a new emirate for the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Following his dethronement as the Emir, Sanusi has been getting solidarity from prominent Nigerians including the governor of Kaduna state. After Sanusi was removed from office, El-Rufai has shown the biggest support for the deposed Kano Emir.
The number one man in Kaduna state gave the former monarch two key appointments and paid him a visit in Nasarawa and Lagos states.
However, El-Rufai's actions are not sitting well with Kano APC. The ruling party in a statement signed by Alhaji Shehu Maigari, the deputy state party chairman, asked the governor to create a new emirate in the state and appoint the former Emir of Kano as the traditional ruler.
He said: “Your Excellency, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, this is somebody who worked against the success of APC, your dear party, coming out openly to criticise your mentor (Mr. President) with no concrete reasons or justifications but yet you have decided to treat him like a hero.
“Sir, APC Kano Chapter is strongly advising you to create additional emirate in your state like New Kaduna Emirate Council, probably to start from Rigachikun to Kasuwar Magani and install your hero there, so that he can work effectively for his dear party (PDP) over there, instead of giving him those ceremonial positions.”
Legit.ng previously reported that the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, seems not to have lost everything after his deposition and banishment by the state government. This is as the Kaduna state government on Tuesday, March 10, honoured the former monarch with a new appointment.
In a related development the Kaduna state government on Wednesday, March 11, honoured the former traditional ruler with another appointment. The dethroned monarch was announced as the chancellor of the Kaduna State University (KASU) by the state government.
The information was made known in a statement from the Kaduna government house signed by Muyiwa Adekeye, the governor's special adviser on media and communication.
Similarly, Governor El-Rufai said that Sanusi is free to reside anywhere in Nigeria, including Kano state where he was allegedly banished from.
El-Rufai premised his position on the fact that the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, March 13, declared the arrest and detention of the former Emir as illegal and unconstitutional.
Speaking with journalists in Nasarawa, the governor said: “He can live anywhere he wants including Kano city if he wants."
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