Emir Sanusi wouldn’t have been deposed if he watched his mouth – Ganduje


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Nearly a year after removing Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 14th Emir of Kano, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has said he took the decision because the former banker talked too much.

Ganduje stated this Friday during an appearance on Channels Television‘s “Politics Today” programme.

The governor explained that the deposed Emir did not understand the responsibilities of a traditional ruler and would therefore have destroyed an institution that existed for more than 1000 years.

He stated that Sanusi, who was installed in 2014 after his removal as CBN governor, forgot that he was no longer a social critic.

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“The real story was that the deposed emir of Kano did not understand the responsibilities of a traditional ruler especially for a strong institution like that of Kano.

“The emir of Kano was a social critic, a celebrated social critic and there was nothing wrong with that because he is an educated person; there is freedom of speech,” Ganduje stated.

However, he said there was a marked difference between being a social critic and a traditional ruler, noting that Sanusi failed “to watch his tongue”.

Ganduje recalled that as deputy to Rabiu Kwankwaso, he was taken aback by a comment made by Sanusi when he was still an executive director of a leading bank in Nigeria.

“He (Sanusi) made a statement that instead of providing water in the state, we were building a house in Abuja – the governor’s lodge in Asokoro.

“I remember my governor said either the bank sacks him or we should withdraw our accounts from the bank and the bank did not sack him, so we withdrew N969m from that bank. That was the work of a social critic,” Ganduje stated.

He said that Sanusi should have changed his attitude when he became a traditional ruler but did not do so.

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