SETTLED! Governors Can Dethrone Anybody — Presidency Finally Breaks Silence To Emir Sanusi's Removal

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Nigerian presidency has emphasised the authority of state
governors to hire and fire traditional leaders as the dethronement of Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, continues to generate headlines.


Members of Kano State Executive Council led by Governor Umar Ganduje had on Monday removed the influential and ever-outspoken Emir and hours later, announced his replacement while further exiling him to Nasarawa State.
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Tolu Ogunlesi, Presidential Muhammadu Buhari's media aide, while reacting to statement by Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), Mr Sanusi's lawyer that his client's dethronement was reversible said, “A sitting governor can dethrone anybody – they have the power. That is the way the system is set up. Nobody is above being dethroned. Governors formally appoint them, present them the staff of office and fund their offices”.
Tolu Ogunlesi reactions of emir sanusi removal


He said governors have veto powers over monarchs in their states citing Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who “paraded Rivers traditional rulers recently and addressed them like a kindergarten class”, adding; “that is the power a governor has over royal institutions. Every governor. It actually didn’t start today, it has been so for a long long time”.

The Special Assistant to the President on New Media further stated that the dethronement of a monarch in the capacity of the Emir of Kano was not new, adding that Sanusi’s fate was not only peculiar to the northern part of the country.

“British deposed Obas of Lagos/Benin 1851/1897; Alake temporarily deposed by 1948 women’s riots; Awo deposed Alaafin 1955; Olowo deposed 1966; Edo Milad tried to remove Oba of Benin as Chair, State Trad Rulers Council 1999; Deji of Akure deposed 2010,” Ogunlesi said in a flurry of tweets.

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