The President of Nigeria has reacted to the dethronement of Muhammed Sanusi II as Emir of Kano on Monday by the state government.
Kano State Government, yesterday, dethroned the embattled Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, over what it described as disrespect of lawful instructions from Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State and other lawful authorities.
The dethronement of the Emir followed the decision of the State Council Executive, SEC, meeting presided over by the governor. A new Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, was immediately appointed by the state government as the 15th Emir of Kano to replace the deposed Sanusi.
Following the dethronement of Muhammed Sanusi II as Emir of Kano the President in Nigeria has said that state governors had the powers to dethrone any traditional ruler in their domain.
This was in reaction to the dethronement of Muhammed Sanusi II as Emir of Kano on Monday by the state government.
Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, on Tuesday said, “A sitting governor can dethrone anybody – they have the power. That is the way the system is set up. Nobody is above being dethroned. Governors formally appoint them, present them to the staff of the office and fund their offices.
“It actually didn’t start today, it has been so for a long time.
“British deposed Obas of Lagos/Benin 1851/1897; Alake temporarily deposed by 1948 women’s riots; Awo deposed Alaafin 1955; Olowo deposed 1966; Edo military administrator tried to remove Oba of Benin as Chair, State Traditional Rulers Council 1999; Deji of Akure deposed 2010” He added.