Buhari had no hand in Emir Sanusi's dethronement --Presidency

President Buhari

Contrary to insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari was instrumental to the deposition and banishment of former Emir of Kano, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Presidency said the nation’s leader had no hand in the whole saga.

Former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, had in a BBC Hausa Service interview earlier today, accused Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari of ordering the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the emir of Kano.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a series of tweets, on his verified tweeter account @GarShehu, on Wednesday, absolved the president of involvement in the travails of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Shehu’s tweets read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has no involvement whatsoever in the dethronement of HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II from the position of Emir of Kano. All such insinuations are untrue, malicious and politically motivated.

“The President does not have a history of intervening in the affairs of any state in the country, unless the issue at hand is of national consequence.

“On such matters which impinge on national security, he has a duty of involvement as the law stipulates.

“It is unfair and disingenuous of opposition politicians to try to link the situation in Kano State to the federal government and the Nigerian President.

“As outlined in the Constitution, the appointment or removal of emirs and other traditional leaders is strictly within the jurisdiction of state governments.

“Although a retired General and fmr. Military Head of State, Pres. Buhari clearly understands that under the current democratic dispensation, the government at the centre cannot read instructions or twist the arms of all or any of the 36 state governments making up the federation.

“They all have their powers specified under the Constitution.

“He (President Buhari) prays that the will of Allah will be done at all times, and that the emirate/state and its people continue to experience progress irrespective of who is on the throne.

“President Buhari commends the people of Kano for keeping calm in the past few days of the dethronement announcement.”

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