Sanusi’s removal: Principled men pay heavy price in the North – Shehu Sani


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Senator Shehu Sani says the dethronement of Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano was a consequence of dissent.

Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, disclosed this in a tweet on Monday, few hours after the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje-led Kano State Government announced the Emir’s dethronement.

He noted that Sanusi was punished for not being able to refrain from saying the truth, adding that the Emir was a victim of the fate of principled men in the north.

However, he warned Ganduje against “the intolerance and toxicity” of power.

“The removal of Emir Sanusi represents the incompatibility of the crown and conscience, the consequences of dissent against established norms and the heavy price of holding principles in our north. It also revealed the intolerance and toxicity of the liquor of power,” he said.

Sani earlier hinted that a peace mission led by former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar failed to reconcile Ganduje and Sanusi but escalated the crisis.

“The Northern Elders Peacekeeping force led by General Abdulsalam sent to enforce a ceasefire and restore peace in the Civil war between the Forces of the Emir and that of the Governor failed in their mission; And they quietly withdrew unannounced, leaving behind an escalation,” he said.

The Herald recalls that the senator had days ago urged Ganduje to forgive the Emir and move on.

Sani, who shared a photo of himself with the governor, wrote, “Dear Brother @GovUmarGanduje, forgive, forget and move on and let the Emir be. Power is transient. You may need him tomorrow when everyone has left.”

The outspoken Sani himself is facing prosecution for allegedly duping a businessman, Sani Daudu, an allegation the senator has described as a witch-hunt.

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