Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje on Friday morning has given Muhammad Sanusi II, emir of Kano, 48 hours to accept or reject his appointment as Chairman Kano Council of Chiefs .
The directive was contained in a letter dated December 19, and signed by Musa Bichi, permanent secretary, special duties, on behalf of the secretary to the state government.
In the letter, Ganduje said it is important for the emir to “accept the appointment or otherwise”.
“By this letter, His Excellency the Executive Governor is requesting His Highness, the Emir of Kano (Sarkin Kano) to indicate his acceptance of otherwise of his appointment as the chairman of Kano State Council of Chiefs as conveyed vide letter no SSG/REPA/S/A/86/T and dated 9th of December. 2019.
“The acceptance of otherwise should reach His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kano State within two days of the receipt of this letter.
“As you await further directive of His Excellency, the Executive Governor on the matter, it is important to accept the appointment or otherwise.
“Accept the assurance of the Highest esteem and regards of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State.”
Ganduje had earlier On December 9, appointed Emir Sanusi as the head of the council of chiefs, following his assent to a law that created other emirates, whittling the emir of Kano’s powers.
He had also asked Sanusi to immediately summon the inaugural meeting of the council in accordance with the provisions of the law.
However, Sanusi is yet to accept or reject the appointment more than a week after, according to the letter signed by Bichi.
The directive is the latest in the series of drama on reported moves to dethrone Sanusi as emir of Kano
Although the governor previously denied there was such a plan, he said on Thursday that he has been asked to dethrone the emir.
Newsflash247 had earlier reported that Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Thursday, December 19, has said he has received a letter from 35 civil society organisations calling for the immediate dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, for disobedience to constituted authority.
In a statement by the spokesperson for the governor, Abba Anwar, said the CSOs are concerned that Emir Sanusi is making efforts to create a state within a state.
According to the Premium Times, “Anwar did not list the 35 CSOs but said their request was signed by Ibrahim Ali, described as the chairman of the coalition.
Ganduje has sought to whittle down the influence of Emir Sanusi by creating four new emirates and appointing first-class emirs for them.
Before the new law was put in place, the emir of Kano was the only first-class emir in the state.
Emir Ganduje has defended his actions saying it was in meeting with the popular demand of residents of the state.
Critics, however, say Ganduje is moving against Sanusi because the latter was critical of his government and did not support his re-election.
In his statement, Anwar did not indicate if the governor would commence the process to dethrone Mr Sanusi and when that would be done.