Sanusi Was Trapped Between Kwankwaso and Ganduje, Says Tanko Yakasai
An Elder statesman and one of the founders of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Tanko Yakasai, says the dethroned Muhammadu Sanusi II pledged allegiance to Rabiu Kwankwaso instead of the incumbent governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
It could be recalled that Kwankwaso, the then governor appointed Sanusi in 2014. At that time, Ganduje was the deputy governor.
Punch reports Yakasai as saying that Sanusi’s problem started when Ganduje and his former boss, Kwakwanso fell out of love.
“But unfortunately for him, in-between the time he was appointed and subsequent events, when the two people who appointed him parted ways on party basis, the deputy now became the governor and I think, in my opinion, I don’t think the emir sees the deputy as the man, who appointed him,” he said.
“That is what I see as the beginning of the crisis. Later on, the emir has been speaking his mind, which I respected but some of what he says were not in consonance with the established tradition in the society. He has not been part and parcel of that society he originated from. So, this is the problem.”
Yakassai also claimed that Sanusi’s regular utterances are owned to the fact that he was not raised in Kano, and as such, did not know that both educated and uneducated emirs are expected to speak less.
“I was born here in Kano and I know the tradition in the palace. Since when I was young till today, (the tradition) is that both educated and uneducated emirs tend not to speak too much,” he said.
“They treasure their words. The emir (Sanusi) was born in Kano, but he was largely brought up in Lagos and Kaduna. His father was a federal civil servant who rose to the position of a Permanent Secretary.
“As it is natural with civil servants, particularly at the federal level in foreign affairs, they don’t stay in one place. The result is that the emir was initially living with the late minister of defence, Alhaji Inuwa Wada, but later when the father was back, they changed him. The emir is only a Kano man; he did not live alongside Kano people until he mounted the throne. That was the beginning.”
The Elder statesman said rather than criticize in private, Sanusi’s criticized Ganduje’s policies openly.
“They tend to meet the listening ears of those in authority,” he said.
“But for people who go to the media or the public place to air their views, those in authority would think they are playing to the gallery and are not being honest about their views.”