The deposition of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II of Kano has elicited reactions from politicians and other observers of the corruption allegation leveled against the traditional ruler.
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Shehu Sani, a former Senator representing Kaduna Central, said the removal of the emir shows that the crown and conscience are incompatible. He added that Sanusi had paid the price for speaking out against issues seen as norm in the north.
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Also reacting, Dele Momodu, a veteran journalist, said the sacking of the emir is as a result of envy. He reminded Governor Abdullahi Ganduje that power is transient, saying his reign would soon end as well.
Gimba Kakanda, also a journalist, said the emir was removed for refusing to “play by the book of the establishment”. He added that the northern elites, who could have waded into the rift between Ganduje and Sanusi, were also happy that the emir was dethroned.
Kakanda also said it was obvious that Sanusi’s dethronement came from Abuja.
Bulama Bukarti, a human rights activist and lawyer, said Ganduje would never match Sanusi, saying the latter has a record of getting better after persecution.
Dipo Awojide, a personal development coach, said the monarch’s habit for speaking up against child marriage, poverty, out of school children and drug addiction had caused his removal.
Kayode Ogundamisi, a journalist, said it is obvious the north is not ready for a “reformist emir”. He urged Sanusi to seek constitutional political power.
The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission had summoned the former monarch to appear before it after he was accused of misappropriating N3.4 billion belonging to the Kano Emirate Council. His sack was however announced on Monday.