By Suleiman Umaru
Not many were surprised when Abdullahi Gandunje, the All Progressive Congress, APC, governor of Kano state
Political watchers believes that the governors obeisance to the Emir was an indication that there must have been an external influence in the governor’s recent decentralisation of the Kano Emirate into five, including the Kano Emirate controlled by Sanusi II.
Many of the Worshippers had expected the governor to ignore the embattled Emir, at the Mosque, going by the plot to dethrone him by supporting the state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission to robe the spending of the financial allocations to the Council between 2013 and 2017, by the state government.
Note that Gandunje had accused Sanusi , of using his powers to obstruct the robe, which the Emir did not find funny. The investigations on the embattled Emir of Kano may have started during the first term in office of Gandunje as governor of the state going by the statement by the Chairman of the probe Commission. According to him, ”the Committee has been investigating the Emir over allegations of what ”concerned friends of Kano Emirate had ” considered ” unnecessary spending of the Emirates funds to the tune of over four billion naira”.
Appearing on Channels Television recently, the Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji, disclosed that the Commission received the petition on allegations of financial misappropriation against the Emir from concerned friends of the Emirate on March 28, 2017.
Given an insider information to the contents of the petition, he said the petitioners had accused Sanusi of spending the funds of the Emirate without ”due regards to due process and the Rule of Law”. The question on the lips of most people is : who are those concerned friends of the Kano Emirate? .
Many believe that the alleged concerned friends of the Kano Emirate were Kano state government officials who were involved in releasing the financial allocations to the Emirate and their collaborators in the Emirate who were getting worried over the rising influence of the Monarch in the state.
Magaji, the Chairman of the state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission , had confirmed that the probe of the Emir started in 2017 through ”inviting the officers who were directly connected with the maintenance of the treasury of the Emirate for questioning. The officials, he said , had tendered elevant documents of the financial records of the Emirate covering between 2013 and 2017, showing that the Emir never complied with the due process of spending the Emirate funds.
The Commission did not only need information from the moles in the Emirate, including the financial controller, Mahe Bashir Wali and Sarki Waziri , the Deputy Secretary of the Emirate, who had pretended to be loyal to the Emir, to nail him.
The Commission was also said to have received reports from the state ministry of Planning and the Budget office as well as the Auditor General of the state governments’ office on the approved budgets to the Emirate between 2013 and 2017 and its Audited Accounts within the same period which finally exposed the revered Monarch as a spendthrift.
The findings of the Magaji led Commission speaks volume. The Commission had reported that Sanusi II, who is under probe had fraudulently spent over N4 billion on projects believed to be questionable.
It was not surprising why the Commission recommended that the state government should revoke the contract awarded to Tri-C Nigeria Limited for the renovation of Babba Daki Kofa Kudu and Gidan Sarki Dorayi, which belong to one Muniar Sanusi, the Chief of Staff of the Emirate. The Chief of Staff had been accused of failing to settle the sub-Contractor, Cardinal Architecture Limited after being duly paid by the Emirate Council.
Political watchers believe that there is more to the strained relationship between Gandunje and Sanusi that informed the plot to remove him as Emirof Kano. The last general election may have perfected the plot of the governor and his clique to remove him. The governor, according to sources felt that the Emir’s call for a free and fair election in the state was targeted at him not to be re-elected into office.
Recall that the governor had also pointed accusing finger on the Emir over the release of the video clip showing where he was receiving a kickback from Contractors in the state. The fallout of the video clip was that he revoked the contracts awarded to Tiamin Multi-services Limited, a Company allegedly belonging to one Aminu Mohammed . He has his reason: Mohammed ,was behind the video clips which may have gotten into the hand of the Emir, believed to be his perceived Enemy.
It is not surprising why the governor
The governor had earlier restricted the Emir’s Sallah activities to the Palace. The restriction which was a shock to to the Kano Monarch may have brought to a halt the 105-old Hauwa Nassarawa, the Emir’s line of activities that include traditional homage to the governor in Government House, royal sightseeing around the Metrpolis and other important places before returning to the Palace.
Political analysts fear that the former CBN , governor, may not escape the landmine that had been laid for him this time by Gandunje who is determined to dethrone him to prove to him that he is powerless. They averred that the governor’s attitude towards the Averred Emir of Kano was an insult to the traditional institution in African and should be condemned by well meaning Nigerians before other state governors take cue to dethrone Monarchs that are seen not to be supporting their Administration.
Residents of the ancient city of Kano believe that what Gandunje , has planned to do the Emir, was not different from what late Sani Abacha, a General and former Head of State , did to Ibrahim Dasuki, the Sultan of Sokoto as he dethronined and banished him in 1996 to Zing in Taraba state, north central Nigeria .
The Sultan had died in exile in 2016, but his corpse was never seen by Sambo Dauki, his son, who incidentally was a retired Army Colonel and a former National Security Adviser, NSA, former National Security Adviser, NSA, to former President Goodluck Jonathan, who has been in detention since 2015 and now, over alleged Corrupt enrichment, at the instance of president Muhammadu Buhari. It is not surprising why people believe that his incase ration was political.