Presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) during the 2019 election, Professor Kingsley Moghalu has said that Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano State, bastardised the throne of Muhammadu Sanusi, emir of Kano, for political reasons.
He said this on Friday in Ogun State during the Sikiru Kayode Adetona third annual professorial chair lecture at Ijebu-Ode. He posited that traditional rulers ought to be selected by the citizens and not the governors.
His words: “We have seen something happened recently in Kano State, that is the emir of Kano’s throne has been balkanised and bastardised. We know why; it is to quash an independent voice, so this raises the question of the roles of traditional rulers.
“The government should no longer appoint traditional rulers. Let the traditional rulers be selected by their community and recognised by the government.
“In a restructured Nigeria, with a new constitution, traditional rulers should have a formal role, that is, advisory roles. This is what we should do. We cannot make traditional rulers errand boys for politicians and when they refuse to play that role we begin to play around with them”.