The Kano state government has revealed many reasons for the dethronement of Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, alleging that he is partisan.
The spokesman of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, gave the revelation on a telephone during an interview with a radio Rave Fm, in Osogbo, Osun State, on Tuesday.
He said the dethroned Emir has been displaying his loyalty to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by wearing the dress of Kwankwasiya attire in the public.
He also alleged that Emir Sanusi was found of speaking the English language, neglecting the Hausa language he is supposed to be speaking as an Emir.
According to Yakasai, “Traditional leaders are supposed to be neutral. Will a traditional ruler in Osun publicly identify with a party and the government will stay comfortably with him. Who will accept this in Nigeria!
Emir Sanusi has been going with the opposition publicly. The Emir received Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, PDP governorship candidate and his running mate, PDP leaders in his palace at night.
“An example of when he was partisan is when he went to visit the president and put on the opposition attire, the Kwankwasiya attire, wearing white clothes and a red cap. This at a time the inconclusive election was held and the winner has not been declared in Kano.
He was clearly saying that this is where he belongs. Who will be able to accept all these?
“He didn’t understand the traditional institution, the throne he was occupying. You can be a reformist, but there must be action. You can go and see the government and provide a solution. But the Emir was interested in playing to the gallery. He always mounts the podium to get applause.
Speaking about what he described as flamboyant life of Emir Sanusi, Yakasai said, “being an Emir is not about wearing expensive regalia made in Morocco. He is preaching against poverty but living a lifestyle that is contrary.
“Also, one of the fundamental thing about the Emirate is that, in its one-thousand-year history, no Emir speaks any other language even when the Queen of England come to Kano, the Emir did not speak English. He speaks in Hausa in a public event, obviously to preserve the language. When Emir Sanusi came, he is not interested in that. He will stand on the podium and speak English.
He alleged further that Emir Sanusi was found of condemning his people in the public, saying “Is everything about Kano negative? Is there no positive thing in Kano? He will go out and be condemning his people.