Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed has described deposed Emir of Sanusi, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II as a reckless individual whose outbursts could have cost his life and the lives of others.
According to the septuagenarian, Sanusi should never have become Emir because he lacked the temperament and character to hold such a position.
He added that while the former CBN governor is “radical”, he led a “traditional” society, hence the two were incompatible.
“The Emir of Kano is the preeminent and most prestigious traditional authority, not only in Northern Nigeria, but also within the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
“And if you are going to bestow such enormous powers on an individual, you do an honest cost-benefit analysis; you run a proper background check and make sure that the kind of person you are appointing would be a person who will be acceptable, medium and long-term, to the people of the society,” Mohammed said.
He stated these in an interview published by Sunday Sun.
However, he said that Sanusi was loquacious and could never have held on to the position for long.
Mohammed said: “Thirdly, people who talk too much have to be very careful about what they say because nobody would like to be held responsible for making reckless statements that could actually bring about a fray in any society, because no amount of noise making is worth a human life and he has been making enough reckless statements to cost his life and to cost several other people their lives.
“Kano people don’t take this lightly. If it comes to fighting for an issue, there is no problem that Kano man would not stand up and fight, but he would fight for something that is worthy of fighting. And on the issue of the Emirate system itself, Kano State had in the past fought a civil war. They call Yakin Basasa. So, you can see they take their traditional institution very seriously.
“You cannot say these people don’t know what they are talking about. They know what they are talking about. They want an Emir that understands with them, not one that jumps ahead of them. I must add this point too. Kano man believes that he has a unique position in the North. He believes he can lead in terms of intellectual life, he believes that he can lead the region in terms of political life and they believe that they are the beacon of Northern Nigerian politics. And whether you like Kano people or you don’t like, you have to concede that to them. And they have paid for it, especially under his (Sanusi’s) grandfather, many people were killed because they demanded the creation of the very Kano State, the very Kano State we are now talking about.”