Sanusi vs Bayero: Danger Ahead as Kano Royal Tussle Gets Tougher

Sanusi vs Bayero: Danger Ahead as Kano Royal Tussle Gets Tougher

  • The Kano royal tussle between the reinstated Muhammadu Sanusi II and deposed Aminu Ado Bayero has become an issue that may last longer than expected
  • Analyst Okanlawon Gaffar commented on the issue in an interview with faulted Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf for correcting the wrong of his predecessor with another wrong
  • He stated that if the matter eventually goes the way of the governor, it would be a dangerous precedent as other governors in Nigeria could start removing monarchs at will journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

The royal tussle between the deposed emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, and the reinstated Muhammadu Sanusi two has been described as a bad precedent in the Nigerian political scene.

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Okanlawon Gaffar, a legal practitioner, noted in an exclusive interview with that the development not only eroded the value and respect of the emirship position earned but also means governors in Nigeria may start removing first-class traditional rulers to protect their political interests.

Abdullahi Ganduje, ex-governor of Kano, has been faulted for setting a dangerous precedent by removing Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf was blamed for correcting the wrong of Ganduje with another wrong by removing Aminu Ado Bayero.
Royal Tussle: How Ganduje set up a dangerous precedent Photo Credit: @Imranmuhdz
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While the analysis condemned Abdullahi Ganduje's removal of Sanusi, the former governor of Kano state and now the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he noted that the removal of Ado-Bayero is like correcting Ganduje's wrong with another wrong.

Sanusi vs Bayero: Dangerous Precedent Ganduje set

According to him, if another opposition takes over governance in Kano state, he can also remove Sanusi again and install his person. He warned that this could set negative precedents for governors to start removing emirs and kings at their own will.

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He said:

"Here's my take on the royal tussle in Kano state. First, I think a dangerous precedent was set when Sanusi II was removed, and now we have another case where a new political dispensation has removed the current emir (Bayero) and returned Sanusi to office.
"It is not about which political leadership is right or wrong now but the likelihood of another opposition coming into power in the next three years. That person, too, might decide to remove Sanusi and install his own Emir.
"The culture and reverence the Emir represents are already being washed away. We have a king who was deposed by a governor and another. In trying to remedy that problem, the current governor, by his action, has shown that the leadership position of the emir, which in the past used to command a lot of respect, has been eroded.
"The emirship posited has now been reduced to the whim of the governor. Henceforth, we will see an emirship that is politically inclined. That is not to say that we haven't had politics embedded in their operation, but now, it would be much more obvious because being an emir now would be determined by how much you support the governor.

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Atiku speaks on Kano royal tussle earlier reported that Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president, reacted to the royal tussle between Sanusi and Bayero.

The ex-PDP presidential candidate condemned the deployment of the military in the matter, saying such would upset the peace and security in the state.

He added that President Bola Tinubu's administration needs to be reminded that Kano is known for peace and security, and any attempt to destabilise it would be resisted.


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Bada Yusuf (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Yusuf Amoo Bada is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over 7 years of experience in journalism and writing. He is a graduate of OAU, and holds Diploma in Mass Comm. and BA in Literature in English. He has obtained certificates in Leadership and received the "Certificate for Breakthrough of the Year 2022" in recognition of his great performance during his first year at Worked as Editor with OperaNews. Contact: or call 08161717844

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