The presidency has denied that President Muhammadu Buhari is involved in the dethronement of HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II from the position of Emir of Kano.
They stated that all insinuations are untrue, malicious and politically motivated.
In a statement on his twitter handle, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Alh. Garba Shehu stated amongst other things that the President does not have a history of intervening in the affairs of any state in the country, unless the issue at hand is of national consequence.
On such matters which impinge on national security, he has a duty of involvement as the law stipulates.
Recalled that a former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, had accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being responsible for the dethronement of Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Kwankwaso said: “Even the Kano governments have stated that it is an order”.
“The President is involving himself in Kano affairs. But where he is expected to speak, he will not. He only speak where he is not required to.”
But Shehu said, “As outlined in the Constitution, the appointment or removal of emirs and other traditional leaders is strictly within the jurisdiction of state governments.
“It is unfair and disingenuous of opposition politicians to try to link the situation in Kano State to the federal government and the Nigerian President.
“Although a retired General and former Military Head of State, President Buhari clearly understands that under the current democratic dispensation, the government at the centre cannot read instructions or twist the arms of all or any of the 36 state governments making up the federation”.
He said all states have their powers specified under the Constitution.
He stated that President Buhari was happy wirh the people of Kano for keeping calm in the past few days of the dethronement announcement.
“He prays that the will of Allah will be done at all times, and that the emirate/state and its people continue to experience progress irrespective of who is on the throne”.