Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Royal Siege: Police Surround Kano Emir’s Palace

Operatives of the Nigeria Police yesterday surrounded the Emir of Kano’s palace at about 6pm.
Even though there was no visible presence of the policemen in the city, there are conflicting reports that the policemen were there to prevent the new emir from gaining entrance into the palace.
A source told LEADERSHIP that after Sanusi was sworn in at the Government House, he was not escorted to the emir’s palace as was expected in accordance with the emirate tradition.
It was further gathered that there were plans to arrest the new emir and prevent him from moving to the emir’s palace. At the time of going to press, the new Kano emir was still at Naseer House, a guest apartment at the Kano Government House.
A source close to the new emir told LEADERSHIP that the new Kano emir was expecting some of the royal fathers and children of late Bayero to come and pay their respect.
Our reporter confirmed that one of the emir’s sons, the district head of Kumbotso local government area, Alhaji Ahmad Ado Bayero, came to the Government House to pay his respect to the new emir.
It is also uncertain when the new emir would move to his palace.
Our findings revealed that he may not move to the emir’s palace until the families of late Bayero had vacated the place and moved to their new houses which the state government had built for them. The new emir may also delay his movement to the palace until it had been renovated.
However, hundreds of youths and vigilance groups were at Kano Government House to ensure the emir’s safety and that of the Kano State governor against alleged possible attack by protesters.
Police spokesman in Kano, ASP Musa Majia, neither picked his calls nor responded to the text messages sent to his phone at press time.

FG withdraws police security from Kano Govt House
The federal government yesterday withdrew police security from Kano Government House and environs, a source in the state government told LEADERSHIP.
According to the source, the police around the state government house left their duty posts at about 1pm.
“They just packed up and left their duty posts without any explanation and when the state government tried to reach them. They were said to be instructed to report back to their respective stations,” the source disclosed.
When LEADERSHIP went round the town, the various police checkpoints and posts at State Road, Tarauni, Gyadi-Gyadi, Sabuwar Kofa, Kofar Nasarawa and environs were abandoned, with no policemen in sight.
But there was security presence around Magwan, Nasarawa GRA, Bompai and Alu Avenue environs.
When contacted by phone, the police spokesperson in Kano, ASP Musa Majia, said it was not true and that all the policemen were at their respective duty posts in Government House and environs.
“I don’t know where you get that story from, it’s not true at all,” he said.
Under the law in which Kwankwaso okayed the appointment of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the federal government has no role to play in his elevation or removal as only the kingmakers have the authority to make a pronouncement on his status with the approval of the governor.

FG suspends chartered flights to Kano
LEADERSHIP further gathered that the federal government yesterday banned chartered flights from operating in and out of Kano and Jigawa states.
The development is said to have been responsible for the grounding of Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
The government’s action caused Amaechi, Senator Danjuma Goje and Alhaji Kawu Baraje to return to Abuja from Kano by road.
There are fears that the suspension of chartered flights may be extended to Katsina and other neighbouring states.
The idea, LEADERSHIP learnt, is to make any visit to Kano as difficult as possible.

Buhari, Northern Govs set agenda for Emir Sanusi
Former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari and the Northern Governors’ Forum have set agenda for the new emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Buhari, who is one of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), urged the new emir to support the government in fighting terrorism and unrest in the country. On its part, the Northern Governors’ Forum advised him to rule without any partisan considerations.
Buhari, who gave the advice in a personal letter of congratulations to the new emir, admonished him to bring his wealth of experience in assisting the economic revival of the state and the country.
Reminding the emir that he was chosen by God, the former head of state told the new emir to fear God and treat all the people of Kano as those under his care and supervision, saying that, “You [emir] should cultivate all and exclude none.”
Buhari further said, “After attending the burial of the late emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero, I am renewing my condolences to the new emir, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the people of Kano and the country on the death of Alhaji Ado Bayero.
“I am forwarding my congratulations to you for assuming the office of emir of this historic land, a position once occupied by great historical figures such as Muhammadu Rumfa, Ibrahim Dabo, Abdullahi Bayero and Muhammadu Sanusi. I hope you will be worthy successor to those great men,” the letter read.

Rule without partisan considerations, northern govs tell new Kano emir
The chairman, Northern States Governors’ Forum and Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, has congratulated Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new emir of Kano and urged him to be forthright in his dealings.
Aliyu’s message on behalf of the forum was contained in a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Israel Ayegba Ebije, issued to journalists yesterday in Minna.
Governor Aliyu said, “The forum urged the new Emir to rule without partisan consideration by emulating the example of the late Emir, Ado Bayero who had endeared himself to everybody in his domain irrespective of their religious or ethnic background.”
The forum said that the ascension of the new emir marked the beginning of a new era, adding that he was indeed stepping into shoes he must learn how to adapt to properly.
While thanking the kingmakers and contestants for the smooth process of selecting the emir, the forum called on the Kano State governor, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to continue playing the role of a good umpire in helping the new emir succeed, as did his immediate predecessor.
“The Northern States Governors’ Forum is indeed very happy for him and we congratulate him. It is however instructive to intimate that the position of Emir has nothing to do with being partisan or selective. It is a fatherly position where everybody must be carried along as one family regardless of religion, ethnicity or interest.
“Let me also pledge the continuous support of the forum in ensuring that he is obliged all that he needs to excel. We are aware of the fact that the traditional institution remains a focal point where political office holders can rally around for administrative, spiritual and moral support to deliver on good leadership towards giving the people best of dividend of democracy.”

Kano new emir receives letter of appointment
Meanwhile, Kano State governor, Engr Muhammad Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE, has issued a letter of appointment to the new Kano emir, His Royal Highness Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, CON.
In his remarks at the ceremony held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Kwankwaso said the appointment of the new emir was based on his wealth of experience, commitment and by virtue of inheritance.
Kwankwaso disclosed that the appointment of Sanusi Lamido as the new Kano emir was not on political grounds.
According to him, Sanusi Lamido’s name was among those on an earlier list submitted to the kingmakers, contrary to accusations that his name was smuggled in by the Kano governor.
Kwankwaso stated that all the six contenders for the throne were good friends of his and they all deserved to succeed the late Emir Bayero, but one had to emerge.
Kwankwaso requested that the new Kano emir treat the late Bayero’s family with humility, respect and take them as his own.
The Kano State government had built houses at Sharada Quarters in Kano for the family members of the late Bayero, saying that the state government would embark on the renovation of the Emirate House.
According to Kwankwaso, the keys to the houses would be submitted to Alhaji Mahe Bashir (Walin Kano) for onward issuance to the widows of the late emir.
In his remarks shortly after he was awarded the letter of appointment, His Highness, the emir of Kano, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, CON, gave thanks to Allah who made him the 57th emir of Kano and the successor of the late Bayero.
The emir of Kano called on the people of Kano to be calm and peaceful and to shun all forms of violence.
The emir said that he was not chosen because he was the best among the contenders, but that it was by the will of Allah that he was made the emir of Kano.
Sanusi Lamido said, “I am so close to late Emir Bayero than to my father. My first wife that I am with for the last 20 years was the daughter of late Bayero. I grew up under his care and share bed with the Turakin Kano, Nasiru Ado Bayero for ten years.”
According to him there was no rift whatsoever in the royal family, neither among the royal sons and daughters. The new emir urged the people of Kano to support him and do whatever was necessary to avoid bad deeds.
He assured the people that peace would continue to reign in the state and called on the people of Kano not to allow outsiders use them to destroy their home state.
Shortly after the new emir received the letter of appointment, the royal fathers present bowed before the emir to indicate their acceptance and respect. They included Makama, Madawaki, Sarkin Bai, Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta, Jarma, Wambai, Dan Isa, Dan-kadai, Sarkin Fulanin Jaidinawa, Dallatun Kano, Bauran Kano, Sarkin Rano-Autan Bawo, Zannan Kano, Madakin Galadima, Durbin Kano and Walin Kano.

APC accuses PDP of inciting violence in Kano
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the PDP of inciting the violence that followed the announcement of the new emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on Sunday, in an apparent attempt to destabilise the state and urged the Kano State attorney-general to prosecute all PDP officials involved in the act.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its interim national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the statement issued by PDP’s publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh congratulating one of the contenders long before the Kano State government announced the new emir was premeditated and calibrated to incite violence.
It wondered why a ruling party that had access to Kano or any other state government, would rush to the media to congratulate a contender who had not been selected, without contacting the selecting authority to ensure the veracity of whatever news it may have heard.

Sanusi’s appointment as emir well deserved – Oshiomhole              
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has congratulated former governor of the Central Bank, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, on his appointment as the emir of Kano.
In a congratulatory letter, the governor said, “it gives me great pleasure on behalf of the good people and Government of Edo State, to congratulate Your Royal Highness on your well-deserved appointment as the 57th Emir of Kano.

Kano protest: We were misled – PDP
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday ‎stated that it made an innocent mistake by congratulating Alhaji Lamido Ado Bayero as the new emir of Kano.
The PDP, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Chief Oliseh Metuh, was reacting to a statement by his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Lai Mohammed, who called for the arrest of the PDP spokesman for inciting unrest, following their congratulatory statement.
The PDP however said it was shocked by the APC statement.
“It is public knowledge that we made an innocent mistake but immediately withdrew it and tendered an unreserved apology well before the official announcement of the new emir was made.”

Protest erupts again after Sanusi turbaned as emir of Kano
Meanwhile, hundreds of youths protested yesterday in Kano against the appointment of former governor of the CBN Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the emir of Kano.
Protesters in support of the late emir’s oldest son, Lamido Ado Bayero chanted, “Ba ma son!” Meaning, “We don’t want” in the Hausa language, and “Kariya ne”, meaning “It’s a lie”, near the emir’s palace in Kano, witnesses told Reuters.