The Kano State Government said on Monday that it dethroned the now-former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, because of insubordination.
Usman Alhaji, the Secretary to the Kano State Government, stated this in a press statement.
The Kano State Government earlier on Monday announced the dethronement of Mr Sanusi, a vocal advocate of reforms in Northern Nigeria.
While many believe the ousting of the ex-emir is an act of vengeance by Kano government, the state secretary, Mr Alhaji In his statement, said the Kano State Executive Council unanimously approved Mr Sanusi’s dethronement.
“The Emir of Kano is in total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state Governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organised by the Government without any lawful justification which amount to insubordination,” Mr Alhaji said.
“It is on record and in so many instances Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II has been found breaching part 3 section 13 (a-e) of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019 and which if left unchecked will destroy the good and established image of the Kano Emirate,” the official added.
The Kano emirate law that Mr Alhaji referenced is the one which created four new first-class emirs in Kano State. Before then, the emir of Kano was the only first-class emir in the state.
Mr Sanusi and other members of the Kano emirate are challenging the law in court.
In a developing story, Aminu Ado Bayero has been appointed the new Emir of Kano.
Aminu Bayero is replacing Muhammadu Sanusi II who was dethroned earlier today by the Kano state government.