Emirship tussle: How Ganduje’s actions assaulted 1000 years of Kano history, culture – Sanusi

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Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has stated that the former governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, assaulted the state’s history and culture.

The former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor opened up on the controversies surrounding his removal by the past government as well as his reinstatement by the current administration in the state.

Speaking during a recent interview with some select journalists in Kano, Sanusi, who was recently reinstated as the sole Emir of Kano by Governor Abba Yusuf, said what is going on in Kano is not about him as a person, but about It is not about the history and culture of the people of Kano.

His words: ”When you take the larger picture, this is a kingdom that has existed for over 1000 years. If you go to the king’s list in Kano, the king’s list from Baguada starts in 999 AD. We have a list of kings. From Baguada up to me in my first term, I was the 57th. If you add my cousin and myself, I’m 57th and 59th.

”In that period, we’ve had the expansion of Arewa kingdom. The only time a part of Kano was taken out was when Jigawa State was created because Jigawa State put together Kazaure Emirate, Hadejia Emirate, Gumel Emirate, but those three combined were not big enough to make a viable state. And Hadejia and Gumel people wanted a state. So, part of Kano was carved out. These are the two emirates of Dutse and Ringim.

”We were all hurt. As a family, it was like cutting off a part of you. At least Ringim is still with members of our family. That’s fine. It was necessary.
But what was left still remains what has been there for a thousand years.

”Now, just like the British partitioned Africa, you divided what had existed over a period of time. People need to understand what this government did because people don’t understand what that law was and the kinds of damage it did to our history’s fabric.

”You know, the way the Europeans came and just drew lines on a piece of paper. People say Nigeria is a geographical expression. People are talking about that. You just take people, and this is, they just came and drew a line; these nine local governments go there.”