The Presidency has reacted to the dethronement of Muhammed Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano, noting that, sitting Governors can exercise powers over royal institutions within their jurisdiction.
Sanusi was unanimously deposed on Monday, by the Kano State Government led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who immediately announced a replacement for the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, while he was banished and quickly whisked to Abuja, to be sent on exile to Nasarawa State.
Reacting to the development on Tuesday, Tolu Ogunlesi, one of the Media Aides of President Muhammadu Buhari said: “A sitting Governor can dethrone anybody – as in they have the power to. That is the way the system is set up. Nobody is above being dethroned. Governors formally appoint them, present them staff of office, fund their offices. Whether this should be so, is another matter entirely.”
He added that Governors have veto powers over Monarchs in their States, just as Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who “paraded Rivers Traditional Rulers recently, and addressed them like a kindergarten class. That is the power a Governor has over royal institutions. Every Governor. It actually did not start today, it has been so for a long long time”.
The Special Assistant to the President on New Media, further stated that the dethronement of a Monarch in the capacity of the Emir of Kano, is not new, adding that, Sanusi’s fate is not only peculiar to the Northern part of the country, while citing a list of deposed Kings in different parts of Nigeria.
“British deposed Obas of Lagos/Benin 1851/1897; Alake temporarily deposed by 1948 women’s riots; Awo deposed Alaafin 1955; Olowo deposed 1966; Edo Milad tried to remove Oba of Benin as Chair, State Trad Rulers Council 1999; Deji of Akure deposed 2010”, Ogunlesi said in a flurry of tweets.