It appears that the emir of Kano may be in deeper trouble than envisaged as President Muhammadu Buhari tactically said he will never interfere in the raging feud that has caused so much tension and bad blood between governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Ganduje and Sanusi have been embroiled in a bitter attrition over the apparent opposition of the emir towards the succession bid of the governor in the build up to the 2019 gubernatorial polls in the state.
Ganduje has after his victory took decisive measures to punish the emir over his perceived belligerence towards the governor’s ambition first by reducing his influence through the creation of four more Emirates.
In addition, the governor also made efforts to probe the expenditure of the emirate which was seen as a precursor to the emir’s deposition.
Speaking while receiving the governor and newly elected legislators on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Kano State, Buhari said he is hamstrung by the constitution to intervene in the matter, since the issue is currently before the state house of assembly.
Buhari said as a respecter of democratic principle of separation of powers he will not stop Kano State house of assembly from taking charge of the matter.
“I know my role as the president of Nigeria. By the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the governor of Kano State has his own roles, once a matter is in the hands of the House of Assembly (like in Kano), the president has no constitutional right to interfere. I am here by the constitution, I swore by it, and I am going to stand by it.
“But let me tell you, the bottom line of my understanding of the constitutional role is that peace and security of all Nigerians must be guaranteed, where the people are threatened, then I will use my constitutional powers,” he said in a statement issued by his media aide, Garba Shehu.
Buhari advised the elected officials to live up to the promises they made to their constituents to justify the confidence reposed in them. Governor Ganduje, who led the delegation, thanked the president for the federal government projects in the state.
Ganduje, who briefed Buhari on efforts of his government to make life better for Kano citizens, said the rift is a constitutional issue which would be resolved amicably.
Ganduje also led a delegation that included the Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado Bayero, key stakeholders and federal lawmakers, including the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, among others.
Asked by journalist why Emir Sanusi was not part of the delegation and what it would require to end his feud with the traditional ruler, the governor said, “Let me start with the first one, we have five first class emirates in Kano State and the Emir of Bichi is from one of the emirates. I cannot come with the whole five emirs at the same time.
“Yes, there is the Northern Elders Committee on the misunderstanding between the Emir of Kano and Kano State government. We met with that committee and dialoguing is still on. That is all I can say.
“It is a constitutional issue and the governor and the emir, we are working within our own jurisdictions and the problem will be solved amicably and constitutionally.”