By Egena Sunday Ode, Abuja
The Presidency has distanced President Muhammadu Buhati from the lingering Kano Emirate crisis that culminated in the dethronement of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on Tuesday.
Accordingly, it warned that the public should ignore the antics of political opponents who he alleged, were trying by all means to link him to the saga, urging that the should leave the President alone.
Presidency Spokesman, Garba Shehu, handed down this warning Wednesday in a press statement he issued with the title: “Leave President Buhari Out of the Kano Emirate issue.”
Dismissing all the insinuations about President Buhari in the imbroglio as “untrue, malicious and politically motivated”, Shehu argued that Buhari did not have the history of intervening in the affairs of any state in the country except they issues were capable of impinging on the security of the country
He explained that as stipulated in the constitution, the powers of appointments and removal of traditional rulers were vested in the state governors.
The President, however, commended the people of Kano for remaining calm since the announcement of the dethronement, even as he prayed for the continuous progress of the state.
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.
“As outlined in the Constitution, the appointment or removal of emirs and other traditional leaders is strictly within the jurisdiction of state governments. It is unfair and disingenuous of opposition politicians to try to link the situation in Kano State to the federal government and the Nigerian President.
“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.”