Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has revealed reason for dethroning Alhaji Muhammadu Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.
Speaking at a book presentation “Dear President Goodluck Johnathan” authored by Bonaventure Philips Melah, a former Editor of Daily Times, the Kano state Governor said Sanusi was not the best man for the throne at the time he was appointed in June 2014.
According to the Ganduje, Emir Sanusi was only appointed to spite former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He stated that he had to dethrone Lamido Sanusi to save the traditional institution from abuse.
He recalled that Sanusi was wrong for openly accusing some persons under the Jonathan administration of stealing $49 billion which resulted in his sack as CBN Governor.
Ganduje said: “Jonathan took a bold step in sacking Sanusi as CBN Governor, which created bad blood in certain circles.
“When Sanusi said $49 billion was lost in Jonathan’s government, I said in my mind that No, you could have discussed with him (Jonathan) privately.
“You could have given him this clue and then he would know how to investigate even before those who had stolen the money would find a way of hiding the money.
“That statement, I said in my mind was not honorable. That statement created bad blood”.
Speaking further, Ganduje stated that he sacked Sanusi to save the system and to save the institution, adding that the former CBN boss did not deserve it in the first place.
He said: “Sanusi was appointed Emir of Kano not because he was the best man for the throne but to retaliate what Jonathan did to him.
“That was in order to prove that what Jonathan did to him was wrong and that the people of Kano wanted their son as Emir and therefore they decided to appoint him as Emir.
“But when he was appointed, there were a lot of demonstration with people burning tyres here and there. But because of government backing, he was sustained on the stool.
“When I became governor, (that’s why you will laugh), I said yes, the Jonathan medicine is an important medicine.
“That medicine, even though I am not a medical doctor, but that medicine would serve the same purpose, for the same disease and for the same patient.
“So I took my Jonathan medicine and decided to save the system, to save the institution and I applied it effectively. So Jonathan and I are on the same page. Actually, I have no regrets.”