Professor Munzali Jubril, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University, has revealed the secret behind the sack of the former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II by the government of Kano.
Jubril, while speaking on “The Morning Show” on Arise Television exposed that Sanusi dethronement was not because of his criticism of the economic policies or other activities of the government as some people think.
The English professor who said that he taught the current Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, during his days in the university said that Sanusi was dethroned because of his perceived role in the last governorship election in the State.
Prof Jubril added that Ganduje’s problem with Sanusi started when there was a political difference between the latter and former governor of the State Rabiu Kwankwaso.
He said, “Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero is a graduate of Mass Communication of Bayero University, Kano and I was privileged to be one of his teachers at the time he was a student.”
“I think the most subtext is the political undertone. When Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was appointed Emir of Kano, the present governor, Ganduje, was deputy to Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and it was that government that was favourably disposed to Lamido Sanusi, sufficiently, to appoint him as Emir.”
“So, up to the end of Kwankwaso regime, there was no problem. Then came a political split between the godfather and the godson. That is to say between Kwankwaso and Ganduje before the mid-term of Ganduje’s first term.”
“That split is probably the remote cause of the conflict between the Emir and the governor because the governor perceived the Emir as supporting his former principal against him and especially when it came to the last election in 2019, the governor perceived the Emir as lending his weight to the PDP which is the new party of Kwankwaso.”
“I think this is the most important subtext to answer your question directly. So, yes, his personality might have played a role but I believe that a lot of people talk to him and I believe that within the period of six years of his reign he did change, somewhat because, in the last one year or two, he was only talking about social issues; but earlier on, he would take on the economy and by implication, be critical of the government of the day and its economic policies.”
“I think there may have been one or two occasions when he even criticised some policies or proposed policies of the government of Kano State. But I think people talk to him a lot and I think he did change.”
“So, I don’t think in the last year or so that could have been cited as a reason. I believe that it is the political undertone and his perceived role in the last election that may have led to his downfall,” he stated.