Former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said that he has no regrets appointing Muhammad Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.
Kwankwaso said this while reacting to a comment credited to the incumbent Governor Abdullahi Gandoje, who had said that Sanusi wasn’t fit to be emir, while speaking at the presentation of “Dear President Goodluck Jonathan (An Open Letter)”, written by Bonaventure Melah, a former managing editor of the Daily Times Newspaper, and that his appointment was to spite former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Gandujd had said, “Sanusi was appointed Emir of Kano, not because he was the best man for the throne, but to retaliate what Jonathan did to him.”
Jonathan had suspended Sanusi as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, after the economist raised the alarm that $20 billion oil revenue could not be accounted for.
But in a statement on Thursday, Kwakwanso, speaking through his aide, Muhammad Inuwa, said that Ganduje is not a progressive.
He said in a statement, “Certainly, everyone that knows Governor Ganduje will attest that he (Ganduje) is not progressive and hence, that was why Kwankwaso deliberately refused to consult him on the choice of Muhammad Sanusi II as new emir.
“If not for the colossal standing of Goodluck Jonathan, Ganduje’s presence at the event would have affected what is otherwise a fantastic gathering of respectful Nigerians.
“We were, therefore, not surprised, given Governor Ganduje’s reputation for shamelessness that he attended such an event merely to spread lies and mischief with regards to the coronation and the subsequent illegal dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.
“Therefore, the choice of Muhammad Sanusi II was made among other contestants because he is the most knowledgeable in both Islamic and western education.
“He is the most experienced and enjoys a tremendous amount of support and goodwill from the kingmakers, the Emirate council, and indeed the good people of Kano State; this was what informed his appointment.”
Emir Sanusi was dethroned by Ganduje in March.