Dr Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State said he dethroned the former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, in March 2020 to save the traditional institution from abuse.
The governor also alleged that Sanusi was appointed the Emir in 2014 to provoke former President Goodluck Jonathan, who sacked him as the Central Bank Governor for saying $49bn was missing from the public coffers.
Ganduje said this at the presentation of a book in honour of the former president titled, ‘Dear President Goodluck Jonathan (An Open Letter),” written by a former Managing Editor of the Daily Times Newspaper, Bonaventure Melah, in Abuja on Tuesday.
He 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 was a lot of demonstration with people burning tyres here and there. But because of government backing, he was sustained on the stool.”
Condemning Sanusi’s public flare up on the alleged fraud, Ganduje said the ex-CBN Governor ought to have discussed the matter privately with the former President, who could have ordered an investigation into the allegation.
The Kano governor explaining why he dethroned the forthright former banker, he said, “When I became governor, 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 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.”
While commenting, Jonathan said due to his vision to change the society through education, gave credit to the establishment of 15 universities by his administration in different parts of the country.