By Suleiman Umaru
Muhammadu Sanusi, a former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and now Emir of Kano, appears to have been saved from Abdullahi Gandunje, governor of Kano state
Note that Gandunje has left nobody in doubt that he meant business when he gave the nod to the state Public Coplaints and Anti-Corruption Commission headed by Muhuyi Magaji, to investigate how the Emirate Council, spent all the financial allocations to the Palace between 2013 and 2017.
Initially , Sanusi, had seen the probe as a laughable matter but when he saw the seriousness of the Magaji led investigation panel , he knew governor was out really out for him. There were Complains by the investigators of plot by the Emir to frustrate them from carrying out their job which was said to have reached the state governor who did not find it funny. He was said to have encouraged Magaji and his team to persevere and continue the investigation until they get to the root of the matter.
Political watchers believe that the essence of the probe was ostensibly to expose the Kano Monarch that he is corrupt and to prepare the ground to dethrone and banish him from Kano Emirate. With the support of the governor, the panel had stepped up their investigation of the financial allocations to the Palace in the last five years and how the Emir spent it. True to people’s initial fear that the probe was aimed at exposing the Emir and to give Gandunje, the state governor, an opportunity to dethrone him. Indeed, the probe had exposed the Emir of having spent over N4 billion allocation to the Palace between 201 and 2017, which he could not really account for.
Angered by the report of the state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission on the Monarch, the governor had queried him over the alleged mismanagement of the Emirate funds to the tune of over N4 billion.
In an apparent reaction to the query, the Emir , noted that he was not the ”accounting officer of the Emirate Council’, stating that the role was played by the Secretary of the Emirate Council.
‘It was not surprising why the acting Secretary of the Council responded to the query at the instance of the Emir , to beat the 48 hours deadline given by the state governor. He stressed that at the time the former CBN, governor, was ”installed as the Emir of Kano, the exact amount in the accounts of the Emirate Council was only about N2 billion, an indication that there was no way the Emir could have spent an alleged over N4 billion between 2013 and 2017.
The Emir’s close associates within and outside the Kano Emirate Council may have read the handwriting on the wall that Ganduje , the state governor and the Cabal in the government House and his Collaborators in the Kano Emirate Council who were not comfortable with the radicalism of the Emir, that they felt the only way out was to silence him would be to threaten of dethroning him to whip him to shape. It was not surprising why Dangote, the multi-billionaire indigene of Kano state had to to quickly step to call a truce between the duo.
He was said to have been joined by Fayemi,
The duo may have fixed the meeting at such aus to ensure that the two leaders would have time to attend. They were said to have exchanged pleasantries when they met at the meeting , an indication that it is the fifth Columnists in the state that are causing the problem between the two institutions.
The diologue, which was said to be at the instance of Dangote and Fayemi, the NF, Chairman, , was said to havelooked at the report of the state Public Complaints Commission, headed by Magaji , which had indicted the Emir , on allegations of Corruption to the tune of about N4 billion.
The duo may have achieved their purpose of initiating the dialogue between the two leaders as the Emir , took the opportunity to officially Congratulate Ganduje over his victory in the last governorship in the state. He had ”wished the governor a successful tenure in office.
The meeting was said to have ended on happy note. Political watchers fear that the hard liners in the Gandunje government who are not happy with him for dialoguing with Sanusi, may force him to change his mind. They cited Magaji, the Chairman of the state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission who has never his position as he had appeared on Channels Television recently where he categorically stated that ”as far as he is concened , the Commission has no business with dialogue between the governor and the Emir”.
An angry Magaji who could not hide his feelings had said , ”We do not care about any dialogue between the governor and the Emir”, stressing that as an independent body , they have done their job as it ought to be done as a ”professional body” . He is optimistic that the governor will not betray the Commission by sweeping its report under the carpet.
”What we are waiting now is a response from the government on our earlier recommendations of suspending the Emir , to pave way for the investigation” of the financial allocations to the Emirate since Sanusi, was crowned the Emir. he insists that the investigation of the Kano Emirate Council is ongoing, dialogue or no dialogue between the governor and Sanusi II.
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