Kano Emir: Former APC chief condemns victimization of traditional rulers
…berates Ganduje for signing ‘Emirship’ creation bill
Former chieftain and erstwhile deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, on Friday berated Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje over his recent move to whittle down the power of Kano Emir, Sanusi Lamido Saudi.
Frank, who condemned the move in a statement signed and made available to journalists in Abuja wondered why the traditional institution which had been in existence since 1805 could be just degraded.
He described the bill signed by Ganduje as ‘political vendetta bill’ which was aimed at attack Kano Emirate under Emir Sanusi.
According to him, it is gradually becoming the policy of the APC administration to clampdown on traditional rulers, recalling how Ganduje’s in-law, the outgoing governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajumobi, made attempt to destroy traditional institution in Oyo state and in Kaduna State where governor Nasir El-rufai sacked about 4000 traditional rulers.
The Bayelsa-born activist said the traditional institutions across the country should not fail to condemn the latest development, adding that “It is Emir Sanusi today, it may be Sultan of Sokoko tomorrow.”
He stressed that Emir Sanunsi did not commit any crime apart from being outspoken in action and in words against anti-people policies of the APC administration both at the federal and the state levels.
“Tide and Market may come and go but the history will not be kind to anyone who destroy the traditional institution. For political reason, governor Ganduje has dismembered the respected Emirate to prove a point, but the governor should know that the evil men do, live after them.
“I am strongly believe that God will vindicate Emir Sanusi the way He has done to Olubadan of Ibadan. One of the things that make Kano state thick is the Kano Emirate but for selfish reason, Ganduje has chosen to destroy the cultural heritage of Kano people. If I were Ganduje’s adviser, I would have advised him to learn from his in-law, the outgoing governor Ajimobi before it is too late,” Frank stated.
The political activist, however, called on traditional rulers, especially Emirs in the Northern region and all Nigerians not to keep quite in the face of what he called injustice against Emir Sanusi, adding that if the APC Governors are not called to order such may soon become a policy across the state.
He added, “It is a typical case of throwing the baby away with the bath water. This system that has become the order of the day under APC administration, cannot hold for too long.
“No matter how anybody feels about Emir Sanusi, injustice does not have two names, it is Sanusi today, it may be any other Emir tomorrow. Sanusi is not timid, Sanusi is a world class modern Emir, too enlightened beyond the reach of the tenant and mediocre in Kano government house.
“Ganduje should know for a fact that four years will come and go but history will not be kind to him forever.
He, however, congratulated Emir Sanusi for his recently announced appointment by the United Nation, describing him as a god without honour at home.