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I Applied Jonathan’s Formula To Sack Sanusi As Kano Emir, No Regret – Gov Ganduje

Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje has said that he applied the same formula former President Goodluck Jonathan used to sack former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Muhammadu Lamido Sanusi, to also dethrone him as Emir of Kano.

Governor Ganduje, who spoke at the presentation of a book on ex President Jonathan, authored by a journalist, Bonaventure Philips Melah, said: “Jonathan took a bold step in sacking Sanusi as CBN Governor, which created bad blood in certain circles.

“When I became governor, (that’s why you will laugh), I said yes, the Jonathan medicine is an important medicine. That medicine, even though I am not a medical doctor, but that medicine would serve the same purpose, for the same disease and for the same patient.

“So I took my Jonathan medicine and decided to save the system, to save the institution and I applied it effectively. So Jonathan and I are on the same page. Actually, I have no regrets.”

Governor Ganduje said that Sanusi was not the best man for the throne at the time he was appointed in June 2014, adding that the deposed Emir was appointed to spite former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He faulted Sanusi’s public outburst over the alleged fraud, saying that the ex CBN Governor ought to have discussed the matter privately with the former President, who in turn could have ordered investigation into the allegation.

Ganduje stressed that Jonathan took a bold step by sacking Sanusi as CBN Governor, even though the action created bad blood in certain circles.

“When Sanusi said $49 billion was lost in Jonathan’s government, I said in my mind that No, you could have discussed with him (Jonathan) privately.

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“You could have given him this clue and then he would know how to investigate even before those who had stolen the money would find a way of hiding the money.

“That statement, I said in my mind was not honourable. That statement created bad blood”.

Ganduje alleged that Sanusi was appointed Emir of Kano not because he was the best man for the throne but to retaliate what Jonathan did to him.

“That was in order to prove that what Jonathan did to him was wrong and that the people of Kano wanted their son as Emir and therefore they decided to appoint him as Emir.

“But when he was appointed, there were a lot of demonstration with people burning tyres here and there. But because of government backing, he was sustained on the stool.

Jonathan had in April 2014, sacked Sanusi as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over claims by the ex CBN Governor that $49 billion was stolen by some persons under the Jonathan administration.

In June 2014, barely two months after he was sacked as CBN Governor, Sanusi got appointed as the Emir of Kano, a position that Ganduje said he did not deserve in the first place.

Governor Ganduje however sacked Sanusi as Emir of Kano on March 9, 2020, a decision the Governor said he took to “save the system and to save the institution”.

Sanusi was appointed during the administration of Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, in which Ganduje was deputy governor. He succeeded Kwankwaso in 2015.

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Editorial Staff at Greenbarge Reporters is member of a team of journalists led by Editor-in-Chief, Yusuf Ozi Usman.

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