Salihu Yakasi, the special assistant to Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on media and publicity has revealed that the deposed Emir of Kano state, Sanusi Lamido fell out with the state government three years ago
Speaking on Silverbird television, he further stated that the rift became deeper when the deposed Emir criticized the state governor at a public function.
“Let me start from the beginning which is over three years ago. That is the genesis of all this crisis. That was when the dethroned Emir at an event in Kaduna publicly criticised and ridiculed the governor on the issue of the proposed light rail project.
“On that particular project, the Emir has access to the governor, he has the hears of the governor and could easily book an appointment with the governor on his reservation on the project.
“Rather than do that, he went to use the platform of a televised programme. Since that time, the situation kept deteriorating.
“With the creation of new emirates, one would have expected Emir Sanusi to move on with it since the court has affirmed that it was legally done. Since then, the Emir hardly attends any government function and it is mandatory for them to do so. He also refused to send representatives.
“We had one that was very important, which was the launching of free and basic to secondary education in Kano State and integration of the Almajiri project, which was launched by the Vice President (Yemi Osinbajo) at that time. That was a very important project for the State that we had seven ambassadors, members of the international community and ministers. The Emir was in Kano but did not attend that important event.
“So, you find it contradictory that when the government is taking measures for things to get better and address the challenges, Sanusi will not be there to support the government. All these things put together and those we cannot say on record caused what happened.”
He added, “Nobody will be able to let this go on and fold his arms. The Governor tolerated the dethroned Emir for the last four years.
“The governor only issued one query to the Emir despite the long time that they spent together but during the tenure of the Rabiu Kwankwanso, the state government issued four queries to Sanusi within the short period that they spent together,” he added.
“Up till Tuesday morning, there was no plan to dethrone the Emir. It was just inevitable. This is bound to happen as long as Sanusi continues the way he does.”