I sacked Sanusi because Goodluck Jonathan is an angel – Ganduje reveals

I sacked Sanusi because Goodluck Jonathan is an angel – Ganduje reveals

Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano State Governor has giving reasons why he dethroned Alhaji Muhammadu Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.

The governor said he took the decision to save the system and the traditional institution from abuse.

Governor Ganduje spoke at the presentation of a book on former President Goodluck Johnathan, authored by a journalist, Bonaventure Philips Melah.

According to him, Sanusi was not the best man for the throne at the time he was appointed in June 2014, saying that the deposed Emir was appointed to spite former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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.

Faulting Sanusi’s public outburst over the alleged fraud, Ganduje said 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 said Jonathan took a bold step by sacking Sanusi as CBN Governor, even though the action created bad blood in certain circles.

The Kano Governor said: “Jonathan took a bold step in sacking Sanusi as CBN Governor, which created bad blood in certain circles.

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“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.

“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”.

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.

Sounding derisively jocular, Ganduje said: “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.

“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.”

Jonathan’s acceptance of 2015 poll defeat boosted democracy, says Ganduje

Jonathan’s acceptance of 2015 poll defeat boosted democracy, says Ganduje
Jonathan’s acceptance of 2015 poll defeat boosted democracy, says Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State on Tuesday praised former President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting the 2015 poll results in which President Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner.

The governor said Jonathan’s spirit of sportsmanship has been a big booster for democracy in Africa in recent time.

He spoke at a book launch titled: “Dear President Goodluck Jonathan,” authored by Bonaventure Phillips Melah, held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Part of the governor’s speech was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Abba Anwar, in which he also praised Jonathan for establishing Tsangaya schools for almajiris across northern states.

“Before the result of the 2015 presidential election was declared, we learnt you called and congratulated the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. We were shocked and we said you are a true Nigerian.

“During the US presidential election, it was around 2:am when I was watching the result; President Donald Trump was rejecting the results.

“A friend of mine said to me ‘Goodluck Jonathan must be an Angel.’ I asked ‘why?’ He said, ‘look, President Trump is rejecting election results.

“We salute you for that Sir. You did not make the name for yourself, but for Nigeria, Africa and other developing nations of the world. It was a booster for democracy in Africa,” Ganduje said.

The Kano governor said the establishment of Tsangaya schools in the north by the ex-president has helped in wiping away social problems from the region.

He said: “Almajiri issue has been a problem for us. The system was adulterated from its original position when pupils began to learn the Holy Qur’an with the issue of begging.

“During your time (Jonathan’s government) you decided to create Tsangaya schools.

“And it was during your time that the curriculum was widened and deepened, so as to produce more quality people with various types of skills to earn their living.

“We in Kano also modified the system, by establishing more Almajiri schools in the state. So we have to thank you for these important legacies,” Ganduje said.


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