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I dethroned Sanusi as Kano Emir for criticising me publicly – Ganduje

The real reason why Lamido Sanusi, the immediate past Emir of Kano, was dethroned has been revealed.


Salihu Yakasai, the Special Adviser to the governor, made the revelation while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunrise programme on Tuesday.

He said the former Central Bank Governor was booted out for publicly criticising the administration of his principal, Umar Ganduje, despite having access to the governor.

“The emir (Sanusi) had access to the governor and could have advised him if he wanted to but unfortunately, he only finds podiums and stages as the only means to advise the government which is not right,” Mr Yakasai said.


“So, you can portray it has political or whatever but the fact remains that no one would allow such disrespect and open criticism when you have access to him.”

He also justified insubordination which the government gave as reason for deposing the monarch.


“For the past 10 months, since the creation of the new emirates by Governor Ganduje, you can count the number of important events organised by the state government including international events which the emir was invited and he never attended.

“I can tell you that the emir did not even attend the free and compulsory basic education programme in the state launched by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. People are free to say whatever they want to say but this is the reason for the dethronement,” he added.

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