President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he has no hand in the dethronement of Muhammad Sanusi II, adding that the it wicked and malicious to link him with the travail of the deposed emir.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the President had no hand in the Kano crisis.
Buhari said political opposition spread the untrue allegation.i
According to the President, issues surrounding appointment and control over local traditional authorities were specifically assigned to the state authorities by the 1999 Constitution.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has no involvement whatsoever in the dethronement of HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II from the position of Emir of Kano. All such insinuations are untrue, malicious and politically motivated.
“The President does not have a history of intervening in the affairs of any state in the country unless the issue at hand is of national consequence. On such matters which impinge on national security, he has a duty of involvement as the law stipulates.
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“Although a retired General and former Military Head of State, President Buhari, clearly understands that under the current democratic dispensation, the government at the centre cannot read instructions or twist the arms of all or any of the 36 state governments making up the federation. They all have their powers specified under the Constitution.
“President Buhari commends the people of Kano for keeping calm in the past few days of the dethronement announcement. He prays that the will of Allah will be done at all times and that the emirate/state and its people continue to experience progress irrespective of who is on the throne.”