I’ve no right to intervene in Ganduje, Kano emirate crisis – Buhari

By David Abiola, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he could not interfere in the crises between the Kano emirates and the state government because the state legislature is actively gotten involved on the matter.

The president said, the law of the land empowers the Governor to make decisions and once such decision is approved by the State House of Assembly he, as a president has no right to interfere.

President Buhari stated this in statement issued by his media adviser, Garba Shehu, on Friday after playing host to the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and some newly elected Kano lawmakers at the State House in Abuja.

The statement reads in part, “By the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Governor of Kano State has his own roles, once a matter is in the hands of the House of Assembly (like in Kano), the president has no constitutional right to interfere,”

Governor Ganduje’s had in May last year created four new first class emirates to add to the Kano emirate.

The governor had said upon the creation of the new emirates that, “The challenges are too weighty on Kano emirate that is why the emirate is running away from centralization of the system’’

Although many believe that the move was to limit the powers of the current Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, who allegedly opposed Ganduje’s re-election last year.

But after his meeting with the president, Ganduje told journalists that the peace moves were still on-going.

He said, “We have five first class Emirates in Kano State and the Emir of Bichi is from one of the Emirates. I cannot come with the whole five Emirates at the same time. Yes, there is the Northern Elders Committee on the misunderstanding between the Emir of Kano and Kano State government. We met with that committee and dialoguing is still on. That is all I can say.

“It is a constitutional issue and the governor and the Emir, we are working within our own jurisdictions and the problem will be solved amicably,” he added.