Emirship tussle: Kano Deputy Governor tenders apology to NSA

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Deputy Governor of Kano State, Malam Aminu Gwarzo, on Monday tendered an unreserved apology to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu.

Gwarzo, in a brief video interview at the Emir’s palace in Gidan Rumfa on Saturday, accused the NSA of arranging the return of the deposed 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero, to Kano.

Gwarzo made the apology while addressing newsmen at the Government House  in Kano on Monday morning.

The deputy governor acknowledged that he was misled into making the allegation and expressed regrets for any embarrassment or inconvenience caused the NSA and his office.

”We were shocked to hear the NSA’s name mentioned in the plot to impose a deposed Emir in Kano, knowing his integrity and pedigree. We are human and can err at any time.

“On behalf of myself and the Governor of Kano State, I assure the NSA of our continued support and cooperation in discharging his duties,” the deputy governor said

The deputy governor called on President Bola Tinubu to conduct a thorough investigation into the happenings in Kano to ensure peace and stability in the state.

The NSA had threatened to take legal action against Gwarzo, for defamation in the ongoing Emirship dispute in Kano.“The National Security Adviser provided two jets to bring the dethroned emir to Kano and to take him to the palace. We have not understood their intention,” Gwarzo said.

Inspite of denying the allegation through his spokesperson on Saturday, the NSA, in a letter by his lawyers, Aliyu & Musa Chambers, demanded an apology from Gwarzo.

The lawyers emphasised that while Ribadu had never been accused of any wrongdoing, he had been inundated with “a barrage of telephone calls both within and outside Nigeria” over the “false accusation.”

Emirship tussle: We will not be intimidated – Gwarzo

Meanwhile, the Kano State Government has said nobody can intimidate it over its decision on the appointment of the  dissolution of the five emirates and reinstatement of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi ll.

The  Deputy Governor Aminu Gwarzo made this known while addressing newsmen in Kano on Monday.

This development follows the signing into law of the amended Kano State Emirate Council Law by the governor on Thursday.

The amended law dissolved the five Emirate Councils and removed the emirs appointed by former governor Abdullahi Ganduje in 2019, paving the way for the re-enthronement of Sanusi.

”The state government took a decision through the proper legal process. Nobody will intimidate us for taking a decision that serves the common good of the people.

”The importance of peaceful coexistence for the state’s progress and political stability is paramount,” he said.

Gwarzo  noted that Gov. Abba Yusuf’s administration, is committed to restoring the state to its founding principles of peace, justice, equality, tolerance, and hospitality.

He called for unity and forgiveness and encouraged the people to work together towards a harmonious and prosperous Kano State.