In a recent interview, the Governor Ganduje of Kano State, Nigeria speaks about why he Dethroned Sanusi Lamido, the post Emir of Kano.
The post emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido did not understand the responsibilities of a traditional ruler especially for a strong institution like that of Kano.
The post Emir of Kano was a social critic, and there was nothing wrong with that. He is a celebrated person with freedom of speech.
For example, when I was deputy governor to Kwankwaso, Sanusi Lamido was an executive governor in a bank and he made a statement that instead of providing water in Kano State, we were building houses in Abuja.
That is the house belonging to Kano State Government, as other state governor’s have in the country’s capital.
He also said that why were we paving road with tiles instead renovating schools and upgrading education.
I could remember, my then governor saying either the bank should sack him or we redraw our account from that bank.
The bank did not sack him, so we redrew our money from the bank totalling Nine hindered and Sixty Nine million Naira.
That was the work of a social critique but after his enthronement, he refused to change from the stature of being a social critique to that of a traditional ruler
He is an economist but failed to understand that in exonomics you inherit assets and liabilities, but He (Sanusi Lamido) only inherited the assets of the traditional institution by giving orders, staying in mansions, being addressed as a King. But engraved in those assets is the liability of watching you tongue and words.
He did not watch his tongue while in his office as the Emir of Kano. He could not change his mode of life from a social critique to someone in an institution.
The institution does not afford a social critique of his type because there is possibility of having problems with the society. He was destroying the institution with the use of his tongue.
“The greatest enemy of any politician is his tongue”.Governor Ganduje
That is why God in His infinite mercy decided to give layers of security and restrictions so as to bridle the tongue and keep it in check but Sanusi was able to break the layers.
The second thing is that, there was claim and counter claim of creation of Emirates in Kano. There were creation of Emirates but there was no legal backing to the creation of those Emirates, therefore when there was a new government, those Emirates were dissolved.
Due to public demand from those areas, history, and the issue of deepening the role of traditional institution in governance, we decided to create more Emirates following the demand of the people.
He challenged the creation of those Emirates in court saying the law was wrong, which we took into consideration and made amendment.
This was not made to weaken his powers, but a demand for the betterment of the people.
He was on track of destroying the system in place and creating a parallel government which is unacceptable to me and I don’t think any reasonable government will accept that.
That is the reason, the action was taken.
Take a look at the antecedents of the post Emir of Kano, he was a governor of Central Bank of Nigeria under the administration of Late President Yar’Adua.
He criticised the seven point agenda of Yar’Aduas administration even when he had the leverage of speaking and advising the President, instead he went on air to make criticism.
During the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan, the post Emir of Kano went on air to state the billions were missing instead of meeting with President afterwhich he was proved wrong.
If I have my way, I would depose him again and again because he was destroying the institution.