How Sanusi Was Reinstated As Emir of Kano, Kwankwaso Speaks

How Sanusi Was Reinstated As Emir of Kano, Kwankwaso Speaks

  • Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, NNPP flagbearer, has finally reacted to the recent development in Kano state
  • Kwankwaso denies influencing the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano and noted that he did not give any directives to Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf
  • Amid the controversy surrounding Sanusi II's reappointment, Kwankwaso pledged to support Governor Yusuf and not control him journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the flagbearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the 2023 presidential election, has said he did not influence Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II's reinstatement as Emir of Kano.

NNPP flagbearer, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Image of Kwankwaso and Kano Governor Abba Yusuf, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II. Image for illustration purposes. Photo credit: Abba Kabir Yusuf, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
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Recall that Kwankwaso had crowned Sanusi as Emir in 2014, but Abdullahi Ganduje, who succeeded Kwankwaso as Kano state governor, dethroned the monarch in 2020.

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But after the NNPP emerged victorious in the 2023 governorship election, Kwankwaso had said Sanusi’s dethronement would be reviewed.

"I’ll find out how Sanusi was reinstated," Kwankwaso assures

On Thursday, May 23, the Kano House of Assembly repealed the Emirate Council Law which paved the way for the reinstatement of Sanusi II.

Speaking with the BBC News Hausa on the issue, Kwankwaso said he would reach out to the lawmakers and the Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf and get a first hand information of what happened in Kano state this period.

Kwankwaso also added that he is working with Governor Yusuf, supporting him but does not dictate what he does as the Kano state governor, Daily Trust reported.

Kwankwaso: "I said Sanusi’s dethronement would be revisited but I didn't order Gov Yusuf"

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He also noted that although he mentioned that Sanusi's dethronement would be revisited but he didn't give any directive to Governor Yusuf, The Punch reported.

The NNPP leader stated thus:

“I will go to Kano very soon and I will speak with some of the assembly members, especially the speaker, and the governor on what is happening.
“Rabiu Kwankwaso has burnt his hands over dictating what to do. We are still with the Governor working together. It’s just a matter of offering advice and if you are not asked to, you keep quiet so long things are going right we just pray and hope that they succeed.”

Asked to clarify what he meant by the dethronement would be reviewed, Kwankwaso said:

“When I said we will revisit the case, I didn’t say the direction to follow. I just said it will be reviewed.”

Sanusi speaks amid reports of reinstatement as Emir of Kano

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Earlier, reported that Muhammadu Sanusi II explained how President Bola Tinubu's government did not contribute to the current economic crisis in Nigeria.

At a public function in Rivers state, Port-Harcourt on Thursday, May 23, Sanusi II also maintained that Nigeria's economic recovery will take time.

The former CBN governor however cautioned that the economic mismanagement of the last 10 years cannot be undone in just six months or one year.


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