The Presidency responded to the dethronement of Muhammed Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano, noting that incumbent governors could exercise powers over the royal institutions under their jurisdiction.
Sanusi was unanimously dethroned on Monday by the Kano state governor, Governor Umar Ganduje, who immediately announced a replacement for the former Central Bank governor while he was banned and quickly taken to Abuja.
9jatoday reports that Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), one of Sanusi’s senior lawyers, , said the dethronement is reversible.
Reacting to the development on Tuesday, Tolu Ogunlesi, one of the president’s media advisers to Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), said: “A governor can dethrone anyone – they have the power. This is how the system is configured. No one is above being dethroned. Governors formally appoint them, introduce staffs and finance their offices ”.
He said governors have veto power over monarchs in their states, citing Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, who “recently paraded Rivers’ traditional rulers and addressing them as a kindergarten class,” adding; “This is the power that a governor has over real institutions. Every governor. In fact, it didn’t start today, a long time ago “.
The Special Assistant to the President on New Media also said that the dethroning of a monarch in the capacity of the Emir of Kano is not a new thing, adding that Sanusi’s fate was not only peculiar to the northern part of the country.
“British deposited works from Lagos / Benin 1851/1897; Alake temporarily deposed by the riots of 1948 women; Awo deposed Alaafin 1955; Olowo deposed 1966; Edo Milad tried to remove Oba from Benin as President of the 1999 State Board of Governors; Akure’s Deji after 2010, ”said Ogunlesi in a flurry of tweets.