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Two Years After Dethronement As Emir Of Kano, Sanusi, Ganduje Meet

Years after being removed from his position as Emir of Kano, former CBN Governor Khalifa Muhammadu Sanusi II met with Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Monday.

On Monday, the two men were seen together at Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

This is their first encounter since Ganduje deposed and exiled Sanusi from Kano in March 2020, according to

In a brief video that went viral online, Sanusi and Ganduje could be seen shaking hands in an airport lounge while the latter grinned.

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Sanusi II was overthrown, according to Governor Ganduje, because he disobeyed the law and refused to show up to meetings.

The Kano State government, headed by Governor Ganduje, deposed Emir Sanusi on Monday, March 9, 2020, according to an earlier report from

This online news source is aware that Governor Ganduje presided over the State Council executive meeting immediately after which Emir Sanusi was deposed.

In contrast, Emir Sanusi’s deposition was attributed to his “complete disregard to legitimate directions from the office of the governor and other lawful authorities,” according to a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji.

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The statement reads thus; “The Kano State Executive Council under the chairmanship of His Excellency, the governor of Kano, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje has unanimously approved the immediate removal/dethronement of the Emir of Kano Emirate, Muhammad Sanusi II.

“The Emir of Kano is in total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend officials meetings and programmes organised by the government without any lawful justification which amounts to total insubordination.


“It is on record and in so many instances Malam Muhammad Sanusi II has been found breaching part 3, section 13 (a-e) of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019 and which if left unchecked will destroy the good and established image of the Kano Emirate.

“This removal is made after due consultation with the relevant stakeholders and in compliance with part 3, section 13 of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019 and other reasons stated above.

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“The removal was reached to safeguard the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige of the Kano Emirate built over a thousand years,” the statement added.


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