Anybody that thinks the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari did not play any fatherly role in the rift between the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Gnaduje and the former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi ll will be far from the truth.
It is truth that Buhari will not involved himself directly about their issue, but he played a fatherly role. And therefore was not involved in the dethronement of the former Central Bank Governor as Emir of Kano.
According to a report, the president had set up a committee to intervene in the face-off between Ganduje and the dethroned Emir of Kano, Sanusi. The report even stated that Buhari once threatened to declare a state of emergency in Kano State over the lingering crisis.
The report revealed further that the president advised the duo to find solution to their rift or he may be forced to impose a state of emergency on Kano if their actions threatened the peace of the state.
Sunrise News learnt that the said reconciliation committee was chaired by former Nigerian military head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, who later see the intervention as a waste of the time due to the dethronement of Sanusi.
Read the report below:
“After the inaugural meeting of the Committee, the need arose to brief Mr. President on the escalation of the crisis in Kano and three members were assigned to brief him,” the report sighted by The Cable reads.
“He immediately said that a Presidential Jet could be made available for them to visit Kano with clear message to the two parties that the President will not hesitate to declare a state of emergency in Kano should there be any breach of peace.
“Governor Ganduje was contacted and he informed the Committee that he was in Abuja and they arranged to meet him there. The Emir also flew to Abuja from Kano to meet the three members of the Committee.
“The three Committee members met the Governor and delivered the message of Mr. President on December 2, 20l9. Thereafter on the same day they also met the Emir with the same message. After delivering Mr. President’s message the three members called on the two parties to de-escalate the situation in Kano pending speedy reconciliatory meetings.
“The three members reported to Mr. President, the outcome of their mission as he had directed. They also issued a Press Statement on the need for both parties to maintain peace and stop any actions that will heighten the conflict. These engagements served to restore confidence and bring about hope of reconciliation and resolution of the crisis.”