Ganduje vs Sanusi: List of Governors Who Dethroned Traditional Rulers in Their States

Ganduje vs Sanusi: List of Governors Who Dethroned Traditional Rulers in Their States

  • The dethronement of traditional rulers by state governors is gaining more prominence in the Nigerian public space
  • When talking about governors who have impeached monarchs in their states, the removal of the former Emir of Kano and ex-governor of the CBN, Lamido Sanusi, will always come to mind
  • However, Sanusi was not the first, and nor was he the last traditional ruler that has been removed by a Nigerian governor since the return of democracy in 1999

The culture of the dethronement of monarchs in Nigeria is getting prominence recently due to the power tussle, mostly with the government.

This tussle often leads to official announcements of displeasure with monarchs or allegations of misbehaviour and misconduct with reigns, The Nation revealed.

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List of governors who sacked monarchs Photo Credit: Nyeson Wike, Abdullahi Ganduje, Bello Matawalle
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The dethronement became popular when the Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, removed the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

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The constitution empowers the governors with the autonomy to sack a sitting monarch in the country.

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Below is the list of governors who have unseated monarchs in their states:

  1. Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano, 2020
  2. Bello Matawalle, Zamfara, 2022
  3. Muhammad Adamu Aliero, Kebbi, 2005
  4. Nyeson Wike, Rivers, 2019
  5. Martin Elechi, Ebonyi, 2022
  6. Olusegun Mimiko, Ondo, 2010
  7. Adams Oshiomhole, Edo, 2016

Sanusi drops another bombshell, says his prophecies have come to pass earlier reported that the former emir of kano state, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has revealed that many of the prophecies that caused him many troubles have come to pass.

The former CBN governor maintained that if he was to choose between power and his principles, he said power would not override his principles.

The former emir made the disclosure at a stage drama "Emir Sanusi: Truth in Time” in Abuja on Saturday, August 6.

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