Former Governor of Kano state Rabiu Kwankwaso has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of instigating the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano.
Speaking with BBC Hausa on Tuesday, the former Senator said the removal of Sanusi was sad.
He also said the removal of Sanusi was an act of impunity which is also beyond the powers of the state governor.
Kwankwaso, who appointed Sanusi as the 14th Emir of Kano in 2014, dismissed claims that Buhari had intervened in the Kano emirate crisis.
He said: “We believe here in Kano that Buhari interferes where he wishes.
“Kano state government officials have been saying they were directed to dethrone Mr Sanusi ll. Buhari instructed them.”
The former governor stated that Buhari “doesn’t interfere where his intervention is needed but interferes on issues he is supposed to be neutral about.”
Eulogizing the dethroned monarch, Kwankwaso said: “The emir (Sanusi) is a global citizen.”
Kwankwaso also condemned the way the sacked Emir was treated, insisting that it was a violation of his fundamental rights as provided by section 35 of the Constitution of Nigeria.
He said: “Honestly speaking what happened on Monday the 9th of March 2020 is a sad thing for the entire people of Kano, Nigerians and the entire people of the world because the dethroned Emir is a global figure because of the struggles he lead in his entire life especially when he served as the CBN governor and this job at the Kano Emirate.
“On this day, we have seen very annoying things especially the way impunity and disregard to the constitution and the laws were implored in dethroning His Highness the Emir of Kano. We see this action as totally unjust.
“More so, the way we saw the deployment of security agents, it is clear that this is beyond what a state Governor alone can do. Despite the intervention of his (Sanusi II) lawyers seeking for him to be allowed to move to Lagos where he chose, he was forcefully put in a plane and taken to the remotest place in the country and after some plea, he was taken to another part of the same Nasarawa state.
“We see this as a violation of the constitution especially as Nigeria has grown above this. It is especially a violation of section 35 of the constitution which emphasises on the rights of the citizen. “But even as you have chosen to use impunity to dethrone him, I wish to remind you that this is a democratic dispensation and not a military regime.”
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