Reports emanating from Kano, northern Nigeria indicate that there was confusion in the ancient city early this morning as rumors spread that President Goodluck Jonathan has decided to arrest newly installed Emir Of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Premium Times added that rumours have it that the president has thus effectively nullified the decision of Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who picked Sanusi for the throne.
It was gathered that when rumour spread on Tuesday night that Mr. Jonathan had finalized plans to remove the new traditional ruler and detain him, some Kano residents who are displeased by the governor’s decision went wild with jubilation through the city.
While commenting on the current tension in Kano, a source close to Kano State governor accused the Presidency of plotting the rumour about Mr. Sanusi’s ostensibly removal.
“This whole rumor was calculated to cause a new set of rioting in Kano,” said the source.
He added that Mr. Jonathan and his cronies had designed a plot to create destabilization in Kano in order to give the president a pretext to declare a state of emergency in Kano.
As at the time of compiling this report, President Jonathan has not congratulated Mr. Sanusi on his appointment as the new emir.
Prior to Mr. Sanusi’s elevation to emir, there had been rumors that the kingmakers of Kano had chosen one of the sons of the late Ado Bayero as the new Emir. Some of the rumors were linked to Presidency and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
It was alleged that the Presidency cloned a twitter account in the name of the former CBN governor and used it to create the impression that Mr. Sanusi had acknowledged the appointment of a new Emir.
It could be recalled that President Jonathan suspended Mr. Sanusi from the CBN after the nation’s banker accused officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of failing to deposit oil revenues worth more than $20 billion in the Central Bank.
Since then, Sanusi is deemed as a political foe of President Jonathan.