Buhari directed dethronement of Sanusi as Kano Emir – Kwankwaso

Rabiu Kwankwaso, the lawmaker representing Kano Central at the Senate, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of masterminding the removal of Lamido Sanusi, as the Emir of Kano State.

Mr Kwankwaso, a former governor of the state who appointed the dethroned traditional ruler in 2014, made the accusation on Wednesday.

“Kano State government officials have been saying they were directed to dethrone Mr Sanusi ll. He (Buhari) instructed them,” the lawmaker told Hausa BBC.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator said contrary to what associates of the president are saying, the president is fond of interfering in issues where he is expected to stay neutral.

He also said no responsible government will oust Sanusi while denying insinuations by Kano State official that he queried the ousted traditional ruler when he held sway as the state governor.

“I have never issued a query to His Highness, (the) Emir of Kano,” he told the news medium.

Although the federal government is yet to officially react to the dethronement of Mr Sanusi, however, Mr Buhari had earlier said he doesn’t have the constitutional mandate to interfere in the crisis between Governor Umar Ganduje and Mr Sanusi ll.

The former governor is also at war with his successor, who said he ousted the former Central Bank Governor for criticising his administration in public.