The face-off between Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been laid to rest following a reconciliatory meeting between the two in Abuja.
Chief Press Secretary to Gov Ganduje,
Abba Anwar, gave the cheery news in a statement released in Kano on Saturday.
According to him, the reconciliatory meeting was initiated by the Kano born business mogul Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Anwar said after the meeting, the two exchanged pleasantries with each other in Abuja on Friday.
“As the two leaders met, they congratulated each other for the successful completion of the Ramadan Fast and the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
“Both leaders spoke and urged all Muslims to continue with the good teachings and spirit of the Fasting period of the Month of Ramadan.
“Emir Sanusi seized the opportunity to congratulate Gov. Ganduje for the victory in his second term in office. He also wished the governor successful tenure in office.”
He said: “For healthier relationship between the two institutions of government and Kano Emirate Council, the dialogues will continue.”
A cold war developed between the governor and the monarch after the Emir reportedly supported the rival People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate against Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last election.
Following the victory of Ganduje, he commenced moves to reduce the Emir to size by creating four new Emirates out of the Kano Emirate.
He also cancelled the traditional paying of homage by the Emir to the Governor’s Lodge during the last Eid-el Fitri celebration in addition to boycotting the Durbar usually held by the Emir, also as part of the end of Ramadan festivities.
Not only that, the Kano State Government on Thursday queried the Emir over alleged misappropriation of N3.4bn by the Kano Emirate Council and gave him 48 hours to give ‘satisfactory reasons’ to explain why he should not be suspended from the throne.
L-R: Emir, Gov.