Between Ganduje and Sarki Sanusi, by Dr Suleiman Mohammed

Dr Suleiman Mohammed.
Dr Suleiman Mohammed.

What has happened had happened, Governor Ganduje has dethroned the 14th Emir of the Fulani dynasty in Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II. Whether this is a reversible or an irreversible phenomenon is not within our power as Allah Alone is the giver and taker of power.

Opinions were deeply divided among commentators. While the majority, mainly comprising of the elitists class were opposed to the deposition, some elitists and not so elitists groups, however, see nothing wrong with what had happened.

The arguments against the dethronement were largely based on the premise of high-handedness of the political leadership of the State or even beyond as some have put it. They see the Deposed Emir as an intellectually disposed champion of change in the archaic status quo of the traditional rulership that has almost silenced them on passing comments beyond the perimeter of their cultural enclave.

Emir Sanusi to them is not deserving of the treatment he received considering his wealth of intellectual pedigree in both Western and Islamic education, his wide exposure as an acclaimed economic pundit, his power of oration and wisdom that can be an asset to the nation and beyond.

All what they say of him couldn’t be disputed as he has demonstrated every single one of them at the appropriate occasions and dispositions.

However, those who are supportive of the dethronement of Emir Sanusi by Governor Ganduje also have their grounds based on what they see wrong with the way the Emir conducted himself.

They argue that whatever power that the Emir is to display constitutionally is derived from State laws under the dictates of the Governor and the State House of Assembly. Worst of all, the laws of the State have placed the power of the Emir under the supervision of his immediate Local Government Chairman.

This was not a design by Ganduje to humiliate Emir Sanusi but rather what was handed over to the sovereign Nigerian State by the colonial masters. Unfortunately, all the constitutional reviews that took place over the years have failed to amend that and the status quo remains till today.

The proponents of the deposition of the Emir have argued that it is wrong for him to have placed himself at loggerheads with the Governor and most especially making his opposition to the government policies public rather than privately.

One of such public utterances that broke the camel’s back was his opinion about a purported loan that the Kano State government wanted to finance its light rail project. This I believed didn’t go down well with the government as the public opinion may likely be swayed to the Emir’s side.

So many others have put forward other reasons which to them is unbecoming of the Emir to have been involved as he should be seen traditionally as a father to all but he failed that.

To some fifth columnists, all that the Emir did was intentionally done in order for him to break the cage that encaged his freedom to do as he likes as everyone else. It was his fervent desire to be an Emir and God have granted him that. And who knows what next he has prayed for?

May God be the guardian of all of us. Ameen.

Dr Mohammed resides in Zaria and can be reached at


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