Sanusi Vs Bayero: Atiku Breaks Silence

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Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has stated that the President Bola Tinubu-led Nigerian government should be held responsible if any violence breaks out in Kano State over the ongoing tussle in the emirate.

Atiku alleged that the Tinubu government was siding the newly sacked Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero by deploying security forces to accompany him into his place during the early hours of Saturday.

The former Vice-President in a statement he issued on X justified the dethronement of Ado Bayero by the Kano State government.

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He said the issue was within the influence of the state since Governor Abba Yusuf enacted the repealed Kano State Emirate Council law which consequently reinstated the deposed Emir Lamido Sanusi as the current emir.

He said the action of the Federal Government contravenes the 1999 Constitution as Amended.

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Atiku, who made this known in a statement on Saturday, warned President Bola Tinubu-led administration not to make any attempt to destabilise Kano which had been known for peace over the years.

The statement read, “The action of the Federal Government in deploying soldiers in Kano in the tussle over the throne of the ancient city is an upset to the peace and security of the state, and also in breach of the 1999 Constitution as Amended.

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“In performing their constitutional duties of law making, the Kano State House of Assembly (KSHA) passed the amended Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 in consonance with the provision of Section 4 of the Constitution 1999 as Amended whereas the Governor of Kano State, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf subsequently signed into law the said bill. The law therefore repealed the 2019 version which balkanized the ancient Kano Emirate into five.

“The foregoing circumstances happened within the confines of the law and in compliance with the powers conferred on the Governor as provided by Section 5(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended; and also in consultation with the Kingmakers of Kano, reappointed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (also known as Muhammadu Sanusi II) as the 16th Emir of Kano State and accordingly handed him a letter of appointment.

“It is surprising that in the early hours of today, exactly at about 5:30 am the former Emir of Kano, His Majesty Aminu Ado Bayero backed by Federal might made their way into the Nasarawa Palace of the Kano Emirate while the reappointed Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II was at the Gidan Dabo, which is the main residence of the Emir of Kano.

“In this wise, the former Emir could not have made his way into the Nasarawa Palace without the support of the Federal Government having done so with the support of the Army and other security personnel in his company. The deployment of soldiers in extra constitutional matters such as this undermines the integrity of the Nigerian military.

“We need to remind the Tinubu administration that Kano State is known for peace and harmony spanning thousands of years and any attempt to destablise the peace of the Land of Commerce shall be resisted. Recall that Muhammadu Sanusi II was dethroned on 9th March, 2020 dethroned, Kano forged on in peace without any fracas.

“We wish to state unequivocally that if for any reason, law and order breaks down in Kano State, particularly Kano Municipal, the Federal Government should be held responsible as the act of providing security cover to the former Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero to come back to Kano is an invitation to anarchy.”

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