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[OPINION] The Senate ‘Armistice’: We Are The Losers By Raymond Nkannebe

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Fellow Nigerians, last week Tuesday, something terrible happened while we watched. Something close to an abomination if not more, befell us. A friend of mine called it an ‘anathema’, you could as well refer to it as a ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ (apologies to T.S.Eliot). It was one which many of us in our traditional cavalier attitude, glossed over. Where did it happen? It happened in no less a place than the hallow red-chambers of the Senate─a place where sanity, decorum and respect for the Rule of Law by default, should reign supreme. The actors were the just elected senators but the victims were several: The Senate Standing Order, the Rule of Law, Nigerians and the Nation itself as a Natural Person. While the act in itself is worrisome, what boggles the mind is the reception of the ‘crime’ by over 180 million Nigerians either consciously or unconsciously. A development that has since left me muddled in a pool of wonder.

Fellow compatriots, last Monday, in a Facebook post on my Wall, I had this to say: Truth has to be told, Saraki and Ekweremadu came upon the leadership of the Senate through the wrong door; an anomaly. It is therefore our responsibility at civil Society to protest the subverting of the Democratic Process. In doing that, partisan interests must be eschewed as our collective interest and future is in the balance. If we give tacit support to the “Democratic Coup” of June 9th, through silence, then we must have set in motion a bad precedent and must entertain an ugly future.”

I was reacting to the odoriferous stench, oozing from the so-called hallowed chambers of the senate that has seen recriminations from opposing camps even as they prepared for plenary the next day, being 28th of July.

Before my avowal, Daily Sun Newspapers in a scathing Editorial on the 23rd of July, had already picketed the senators calling for a probe of those who were, or are complicit in the doctoring of the rules of the Senate, a development that saw the house divided against itself over those to rule it. Towards the end of a limpid and courageous presentation of the facts behind the embarrassing disputations that have characterized the current senate since it came into existence nearly two months ago, the editorial was very blunt and precise in what it asked for:

Nonetheless it is important that we get to the root of the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules. We hope the outcome of the Police probe will go a long way in laying this forgery saga to rest. The probe should neither be selective nor targeted at any particular senator. But it should not spare anybody indicted in the forgery, or shy away from recommending them for prosecution. It’d of course also go without saying that any action that had been taken, using the controversial senate Standing Orders (Amended) would be null and void, if the document is proved to have been forged

It was a legitimate and courageous admonition indeed! But the editorial board would be disillusioned unknown to them at the time.

The forgery the editorial referred to was the allegation by sizable and significant members of the senate that the Senate Standing Orders/Rules which guide the senate’s entire proceedings was forged. When a senator is sworn in, the first documents that are handed over to him are the constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria (FRN) and the Senate Rule Book/Standing Orders. The Standing Order is the instrument that guide the conduct of every senator and spells out how the business of the senate is to be conducted. The first rule in the Standing Order, deals with how the presiding and principal officers of the senate are to be elected. And once they are elected, the senate then becomes properly commenced and may commence business for which it was created by the Nigerian Constitution and guided by the Rules as contained in its Standing Orders. The Senate Rule book can be said to be a Catechism book of sort of the Senate doctrine.

But something happened. It appeared that due to vested interests, prior to the inauguration of the 8th Senate, some senators who were members of the last senate deemed it fit to amend/forge parts of the Rule Book in a manner that would confer advantage on them in the realization of their prebendal and parochial thirst for power, possibly because they have connections or unfettered access/influence to classified documents of the senate. Their hatchet-job paid off and the baby of the effort: a surreptitiously amended Rule Book (2015), ostensibly amended without the knowledge of other members of the senate contrary to established and recommended practice. Their filthy-lucre was satisfied on the 9th of June, but Senator Kabiru Marafa would burst their bubble the next day at plenary however, belatedly as these conspirators had agreed to cling on to one alibi in the event they are not caught inflagrante delicto or red-handed if you like. It was the defense of ‘I don’t know’ just as criminals would say: Mum is the word.

Being de-facto leaders already and closer to the gavel, these enemies of state, saw it fit to suspend plenary desperately until the 21st of July to allow for nerves to calm down and the placation of tempers where tenable, to lobby for the legitimation of their crime through informal means. 21st of July soon came. Not done, a new date for the commencement of plenary was announced to give more time for the “Nigerian Factor” to run its course and take care of things.

It was just as they had estimated on the day plenary resumed as the senate in a motion moved by senator Samuel Anyawu (Imo East) and supported by 81 members pursuant to Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Order 2015 passed a Vote of Confidence on the Saraki/Ekweremadu led Senate amidst celebration and wild cheer after haven bared clenched fist only a month ago.

While they toasted, hugged and shook one another, knowing what they had done, many Nigerians did too, oblivious of what hit them. While many senators rejoiced, the Laws of the Land wept. The constitution screamed from the burden of prostitution by compromise while the Rule of Law, the cream and hallmark of Democracy lay prostrate.

Dear reader, such was the magnitude of what hit us last week unknown to many of us. Such was the standard we elevated in the conduct of our affairs. A precedent where mere denial of a crime was enough to secure exculpation. A precedent where evil compromise validates a wrong.

Ever since the said development, it appears the Media too have joined as accessories after the fact in securing legitimacy for this day-light robbery by not reporting and telling Nigerians the consequence of the proverbial ‘Hand of God’ in the Senate Chambers while the nation watched. Instead, it has been in the vanguard of the celebration of the return of amity in the senate. To them, the end was worth the means however ugly and have made the ‘intent’ of the senators an alternative forgone with unnecessary emphasis on the form in utter disregard of the ethos of Equity. For the Media (especially the Traditional Media), and many Nigerians who have hailed this crime perpetuated by the forgery of no less a book than the Bhagavad Gita of the Senate, to my befuddlement, “Anyhowness” and Arbitrariness remains a model; hence why they have failed to see the level of disorder which they have since elevated to a throne.

Any conscientious mind would immediately agree with us that the beauty of Democracy anywhere in the world, is the collective avowal of the people to be guided by laid down rules and procedures which the majority of the people, have by legislation (in representative capacity), ratification, referendum or any other means given upon themselves to regulate their conduct and the conduct of those who exercise these powers on their behalf. And if eventuality demands for such rules to be amended, the procedure shall be in the manner set out in the body of rules by whatever name it is called. In an ideal Democracy, the key word is ‘Rule of Law’ and not those any one man as propounded by A.V Dicey many decades ago. As a democratic concept, it has come to be accepted religiously by nations who would rather be called ‘Democratic States’.

In a speech delivered to the students of the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy School of Law on April 19th, 2012, the United States Ambassador to Ukraine, John F. Tefft on the topic, “Establishing the Rule of Law in Ukraine: Building a Modern Society”, Tefft adopted as a working definition for the Rule of Law, from an explanation of the concept found in a 2004 Report of the United Nations Secretary General on the Rule of Law. It reads:

For the UN, the Rule of Law refers to a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions, and entities, public and private, including the state itself, are accountable to Laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated and which are consistent with International Human Rights Norms and Standards. It requires as well, measures to ensure adherence to the principles of Supremacy of Law, equality before the Law, accountability to the Law, Fairness in the application of the law, separation of powers, participation in decision making, legal certainty, avoidance of arbitrariness and procedural and legal transparency”.

We have in this treatise, adopted this inside-out conception of the concept as a template against which what happened in our hallow chambers shall be mirrored against.

If really, we are a democratic state where the virtues of Rule of Law are articles of Faith, then the shenanigans that was ratified by the senate last week, mocks the concept. How can we claim to be a serious democratic nation when we have a penchant for not allowing ourselves and institutions to be guided and governed by the codes we have given upon ourselves? If a highly placed organ like the senate which should be the temple of the Rule of Law, is desecrated by its own ‘worshippers’, can we in all earnest claim to be a democratic nation? Are we not only fooling ourselves by merely erecting democratic structures and floating institutions with democratic semblance but practice an authoritarian or near fascist regime? How should democracy here not be described at best cosmetic with the latest robbery at the senate that we have allowed to come to be in our signature manner?

Let me at this point, tell us the consequence of what we have all endorsed consciously or unconsciously? In legal practice, when a thing is not covered by any legislation, resort is had to the judge’s decision on that issue when it comes for determination before the court otherwise known as Case-Law. A priori, when a provision of the Law is utterly jettisoned or in this instance, ‘amended’ in a slapdash manner, such a development would derive legitimacy by the tacit approval of the public when they keep mum on the issue. Their silence acts as popular consent and approval and the original provision of the Law, takes a bus.

It does not demand any rocket science to know that may be tomorrow, next year, or in the next senate, a decade from now or perhaps a century, potential senators would rely on the authority of what has just happened with the Senate Rules, to do an act which could be more grave than those of Ekweremadu and Saraki (it does not matter that they have denied the act. That is what criminals do: denial) and the society cannot blame them, hence today we give Saraki and Co. a pat on the shoulder for their white-collar robbery.

The Judiciary, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the entire senators, the so-called organized Labour, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Nigerian Union Of Journalist (NUJ) and indeed all of us Nigerians should be ashamed of ourselves for not knowing even as I write, those who entered into the hallow chambers of the senate to rewrite the Rule Books. It is a national embarrassment to say the least. The blame –trade that occupied the past 7 weeks speaks volume of how we are a tardy people living in a nation where anything goes.

The clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Maikasuwa says he does not know who dunnit, he points to Former sen. Ita Inag who held sway as the Chairman Sen. Committee on Rules and Business, Inag sings the same tune. David Mark would rather not be involved. Ekweremadu presents a defense which is no more than an exercise in logic with no substance and so the defence continues ad infinitum. Till this day, we still do not know who altered the Rule Books of the senate and those who know, have sworn to stand on the oath of silence they swore to and dare not breach.

It follows that we may as well, wake up one morning to discover that our constitution have been amended and the sections that detail the mode of becoming the president of the country, doctored to the whims of the actors as we saw with the senate Standing Order for in a country where “Anyhowness” goes, nothing can be ridiculous enough after all!

One is further miffed and obfuscated that the threat by the Police to investigate and probe into the matter have suddenly died down since the senators came to a truce without Nigerians knowing why the previously clenched fist have suddenly relaxed. What we are rather told is to be happy since normalcy have returned to the senate─a normalcy obtained at the pain of the desecration of the laws of the land in a clime where the Rules ought to be guarded and respected jealously.

This is not the first time our leaders have shown that they can get away with impunity. This is not the first time that we have shown proclivity and signs of a nation not ready to be guided by rules. Indeed it can be said that in the 16 odd years of our democracy, respect for the Rule of Law, has always been a Sisyphean task. The rules have always been sidelined so vested interest could walk. The Ota farmer and former president, Olusegun Obasanjo led the procession with his third-term gambit that almost became a success. Invoking section 145 of our constitution while late president Umar Musa Yar’adua lay sick on his hospital bed in far way Saudi Arabia to allow the then vice-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to act was delayed until a bogus ‘doctrine of necessity’ was coined out. The same thing played out at the Taraba government house where an obviously incapacitated governor stuck to his gun and would not allow his deputy act contrary to the spirit and letter of section 189 until the end of his tenure. The end of last administration saw senators and governors decamp from one political camp to the other without losing their seats in sheer mockery of section 68(1) g of the 1999 constitution (as amended) with the climax being the Tambuwal-Saga where a sitting speaker of the House of Representative from a majority party, decamped to a minority party yet retained his position as the Speaker not minding what the Rules of the house say. An act that has seen the APC senators in the present senate leaking their wounds after the ‘coup’ of June 9th saw the emergence of an opposition senator as the Deputy President of the 8th National Assembly.

The latest in the series of bastardization of the Rule of Law here, is the ‘hand of god’ amendment of the Senate Standing Order. Only time would tell what these litany of ugly precedents would birth tomorrow.

Writing on Liberalization and Justice in his book, “A Matter of Principle”, Ronald Dworkin, a professor of Jurisprudence said, “if our government can provide an attractive future only through present injustice─only by forcing some citizens to sacrifice in the name of a community from which they are in every sense, excluded─then the rest of us should disown such that future, however attractive because we should not regard it as our future either”

In the same vein, whatever truce that may have been brokered at the senate, does not confer legitimacy per se on the headship of the senate since injustice and fraud was meted to some members of the senate and the Nigerians they represent in the process. Those basking in the euphoria of this ‘armistice’ should have a re-think for the principal victim of the ‘Coup’ of June 9th, is the Senate Standing Order and not the senators who have now made concessions by the greasing of their palms and mere compromise and shifting of grounds by warring factions does not placate the spirit of those body of rules.

Once again, we have shown that the principles of Democracy still elude us and we are either at our wits end on how to turn around the tables in our favour, or just don’t want to do things the way they ought to be done.

We end by warning that the 8th National Assembly has just foisted on us a bad precedent and have enlisted a cancerous order. It behoves us to reject this new cycle of legislative malfeasance or forever live with the unarguable bitter fruits tomorrow for those who bring ant infested faggots into their homes must be prepared to live with lizards the proverb says!

Nkannebe Raymond , a Lawyer and essayist writes from Kano. He can be reached through: Raymondnkannebe@gmail.com. 08068271477. Follow me on twitter @RayNkah

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Who Will Explain Coronavirus To Buhari?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19), an exorable doom, threatens life on the planet. It is exorable because it is conquerable. This explains why world leaders are taking the charge to combat this ominous apocalypse. It is a time for leadership from the fore-end; a time when citizens must hear their leaders speak to them; see them take action, making assurances and fulfilling those promises. The counsel, consolation and firm statement of a leader is imperative at this moment.

In Canada, Justin Trudeau, prime minister, despite being in self-isolation and his wife battling the virus after contracting it at a conference in the UK, is leading the fight against this dreaded disease from the fore. He is providing regular updates of the efforts of his government to roll back this scourge, listening and speaking to citizens.

In a popular broadcast on March 13, Justin spoke to citizens of Canada announcing measures to relieve the financial stress brought on by the pandemic on Canadians.

“We do not want any Canadian to have to worry about whether or not they’re going to be able to pay their rent, whether or not they’re going to be able to buy groceries, or care for their kids or elderly family members. We need to make sure that Canadians have the options and the ability to follow the best public health advice and keep themselves safe,” he said.

In the UK, Boris Johnson, prime minister, leads the struggle against coronavirus. He provides updates, alongside health experts, on the measures his government is taking to tackle the spread of the disease. And in the US, Donald Trump is not shying away from speaking to Americans on the virus.

As a matter of fact, President Muhammadu Buhari’s lapses are often easily dismissed by his supporters or by Nigerians who do not know better. Some of them say, ‘’ Why must the president speak when the minister of health and the NCDC DG are already doing that?” This is a contemptible rationalisation of incompetence. Are they suggesting the president lacks the capacitance to understand the issues?’’

Really, I surmise the president has been walled off the ‘’candid cameras’’ over the years by his handlers – not just now – because he lacks the intellectual propensity to understand and discuss incisive issues. The last presidential media chat he held was in 2015 and it was a woeful outing. Also, his non-choreographed media interviews have been abysmal to say the least.

The truth is the unfiltered Buhari is a vacuously gaffing one. On October 14, 2016, standing beside Angela Merkel, German chancellor, Buhari said his wife, Aisha, ‘’belonged in the kitchen and the other room’’, when he was asked to comment on the first lady’s criticism of his government.

On April 18, 2018, at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London, the president said the young citizens of the country he leads are lazy.

“More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” he said during a panel appearance with world leaders at the forum.

In a February 2016 interview with UK Telegraph, Buhari dropped another clanger. He said the young citizens of his country have a knack for criminality and should not be granted asylum in the UK.

With the Buhari experience, it is indubitable that Nigerians must place a high premium on education — not just certificate – in choosing their leaders. The cost of electing leaders who do not have the intellectual grit to understand and handle matters is far too high.

The senate has asked the president to speak to citizens on this threat, and Nigerians are also asking the president to speak to them. This is an abnormality. Citizens must not beg to hear from their president. But because it is Buhari involved here, we have to beg and even excuse the crass inefficiency and vacuity.

Perhaps, the president is still trying to get a hang of it. I think he has ‘’capable handlers’’ who can break it down to him in ABC.

Mr President, speak to your citizens. The words of a leader are more resounding and assuring than the blandishment of proxies.

PS: Let’s follow all health protocol as advised by the NCDC.

• Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water.

• Cover your mouth and nose properly with handkerchief or tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing. You may also cough into your elbow if a handkerchief is not available.

• Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

• Avoid self-medication, report to the nearest health facility when you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.

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Sanusi: Once Upon An Emir, By Wole Olaoye

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Dethroned Monarch, Sanusi

We are all potential Ex-es: ex-student, ex-director, ex-lecturer, ex-senator, ex-governor, ex-president, ex-oba, ex-emir…. The inimitable Zik famously reminded us when he had a spat with Ukpabi Asika that Ex was an inevitable prefix for any human being as was evidenced by the fact that a certain young man who would someday become an ex-Administrator, was the son of an ex-postmaster!

So, what’s so apocalyptic about Sanusi Lamido Sanusi joining the ranks of ex-potentates? Nothing? Everything! Don’t ever think that bell you are hearing is tolling for the former Emir of Kano. No. It could be signalling the beginning of a comprehensive demystification of traditional rulership by plebeians holding tenured political power. In centuries past, no plebeian messed with the traditional institution. The halo of nobility, the sheer vastness of a prince’s hereditary powers, rights and privileges, made the subject know his place.

Yesterday’s subjects are today’s political sovereign. They make no pretences to sophistication. They load a gun to kill a spider. When you dethrone a monarch and then deprive him of his liberty, forcefully banishing him to a place without electricity and potable water, you are playing god. If it was all a public relations Olympics, the calm dignity with which Sanusi handled the humiliation made people all over the world admire his chutzpa and hand him the gold medal. A

Life and its many puzzles! Why is it that for some men and women, “their sleep is taken away unless they cause some to fall”? What do you do about an ego that knows no satiation? As the Preacher in the Good Book timelessly says, “All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full… The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear content with hearing… there is nothing new under the sun”.

The Yoruba have a poem that says just that. “The horse struts and frets and then dies. Being a veteran walker is no immunity to getting lost. Nothing new under the sun. I’ve seen kings reduced to slaves; and servants who mounted the throne. Haven’t my eyes beheld both river and sea? Haven’t I seen a hunchback on spindly legs, and a midget climbing a ladder to add condiment to the soup pot? Tell me, has anyone ever started a building from the roof?

The new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, is a cousin of his predecessor. As royal intrigues go, when the dust is settled the sword will be sheathed and brother will embrace brother. That is the way of princes. Eventually, outsiders will realise that all they can ever be in palace politics is outsiders. Our very own Nobel prize winning Kongi was not amused by the scandalous extra-judicial detention of the former emir.

He put the emir’s travail down to his progressive stance: “Emir Sanusi was a one-man EFCC sanitisation squad in the banking system, taking on the powerful corrupters of that institution…. “Most important of all, and most pertinently for the nation, Sanusi was one of the early warning voices against religious extremism whose bitter fruits the nation is currently reaping….

The doors of enlightened society remain wide open to Muhammad Sanusi. As for his current crowing Nemesis, a different kind of gates remain yawning to receive him when, as must, the days of governorship immunity finally come to an end.” Support for Sanusi is not limited to radical voices.

Veteran technocrat Alhaji Ahmed Joda penned a panegyric in support of the ex-emir: “The purpose of this letter to you is not to commiserate with you, because I know that you must have known the likely consequences  of the principled position you have taken. The reality we must face in Northern Nigeria is that the evil forces of feudalism that have kept us in bondage for so long are still there and fighting. You have been the only voice that has been telling us this truth….”

It is easy to kick a man given a pin-fall by fate, or piss on the grave of a fallen warrior. Dead men don’t bite. Real friends show up when you are in life’s valley. Say what you will, I would rather have a friend like Nasir el Rufai when the chips are down. In the midst of all the turmoil, conspiracy theories have surfaced to the effect that the dethronement is but a political sleight-of-hand to propel Sanusi to Nigeria’s presidency in 2023. Caution! Let’s separate the issues. Political succession is totally different from fundamental human rights. Sanusi is not my next president.

My views on power rotation are well documented. The ex-emir will go down in history as a champion for the rights of the poorest of the poor. He advocated for a new Northern Nigeria where old backward practices such as the almajiri system and irresponsible parenting will be abandoned. His was the voice crying out in the desert, lift my people up from the cesspit of penury. The attempt to demonise him after dethronement through various allegations, including one on religious fundamentalism, is dead on arrival. The same fate will befall the vilification of El Rufai on account of his loyalty to Sanusi. Please quote me: Modern challenges can never be resolved with a resort to medieval solutions.

Christopher Hitchens’ Q&A may someday apply to the ex-Kings College boy who’s now an ex-king.

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Sanusi Dethronement: The North Only Beheads The Bearers Of Truth

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Emir Sanusi

By Fredrick Nwabufo

Northern Nigeria is prostrate. It is the axis of uglies – banditry, insurgency, kidnapping, diseases, ignorance, and drug abuse. Alas! The region’s elite are aware of the problems, but look away because the disequilibrious status quo sustains them. What is petrifying, however, is that they maul and clobber at anyone who spits the truth in their faces.

I think, this is the mortal sin of Muhammad Sanusi II, emir of Kano – beyond his politics with Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano.

But wait!

The World Bank says 87 percent of Nigeria’s poor are in the north. And that while poverty is plummeting in the south, it is rocketing in the upper region.

READ: Dethroned Sanusi Will Be Under House Arrest – Ganduje’s Aide

“Poverty in the northern regions of the country has been increasing especially in the north-west zone. Almost half of all poor lived in the north-west and the north accounts for 87 percent of all poor in the country in 2016,’’ the Bretton Woods institution said in its report entitled ‘Advancing social protection in a dynamic Nigeria’ in February 2020.

In August, 2019, the federal government revealed that 1,460 people were killed by bandits in seven months. And that the north-west is the worst-hit by this bloody enterprise. The killings have steadied, expanding in proportion and execution in the region.

In his accustomed manner, Sanusi recently vocalised these depressing figures of retrogression in the north – as regards the World Bank report — earning himself praise from progressive Nigerians and reprimand from the usual suspects — those stuck in the cesspit of bigotry.

Also, the gadfly emir of Kano, whom I regard as the John the Baptist of the north for his vociferous condemnation of this status quo, is alone in his advocacy against irresponsible polygamy, Al-majiri and child marriage – practices the northern elite espouse. He is the face of a progressive north; the northerner of the new age.

As a matter of fact, on different occasions he had complained about the northern elite whom he said wanted to silence him for speaking the truth about the region.

‘’Our colleagues and compatriots among the elite do not like statistics. Numbers are disturbing. I recently gave a speech in which I said the north-east and north-west of Nigeria are the poorest parts of the country. This simple statement of fact has generated so much heat; the noise has yet to die down. The response to this speech has been a barrage of personal attacks and insults aimed at silencing any voices that dare shine the light on the society to which we are saying Bring Back our Girls,’’ he said at a lecture held to commemorate the Chibok girls abduction.

READ: Sanusi Breaks Silence After Dethronement As Emir Of Kano (Video)

And I guess they can only take the throne away from him but cannot take away his royalty in the community of decent humans. Really, I believe the emir would rather give up his throne than be gagged by the shareholders of iniquity.

To say the least, Sanusi’s dethroning was not unexpected. Ganduje had always shown his hand in this plot. Really, the emir of Kano never hid his dislike for him. But what is there to like about a governor who was allegedly caught on camera stuffing wads of dollars into his babariga? In the build-up to the 2019 governorship election in the state, the emir was not shy in expressing his disapproval to Ganduje’s candidature.

So, Ganduje, who considers Sanusi a ‘’loud mouth’’, plotted a bitter revenge after he was re-elected. He had moved to remove the emir in 2018 but for the intervention of some ‘’higher powers’’. However, he whittle-down the power of the emir by creating new emirates from his domain. He was not done though. He rustled-up allegations, set up probe panels – all in the desperation to embarrass Sanusi.

But Sanusi was still talking.

Really, one of the most abrasive places to exist is in the circle of non-progressives. You talk different, think different or act different, they will feel threatened. Even when you try to clown around; the aboriginal clowns will still feel threatened because you do not look the part.

I think, Emir Sanusi is light-years away from the people he is dealing with in Kano government. He is needed more at the top echelon of government where he can contribute more meaningfully to the development of Nigeria.

Northern Nigeria is not ready for an emir like Sanusi. He is ahead of his time.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.

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