Supreme Court victory: Emir Sunusi, Oba of Benin, others paid congratulatory visit to Ganduje
* As Sunusi urges all to support Ganduje’s second term
* As Oba of Benin appeals for reconciliation
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, was among the first-class emirs who visited Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Monday days after the Supreme Court verdict that affirmed his mandate.
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll, has urged the people of Kano State irrespective of political party to support Governor Ganduje’s second term.
The emir who accompanied the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, was on a courtesy visit to Governor Ganduje at the Government House to congratulate him over his recent victory at the Supreme Court.
Sanusi urged the people of Kano State irrespective of political party to support Governor Ganduje’s second term.
According to the emir, the power belongs to Almighty Allah and he gives it to whom He likes, adding that it is high time the people of the state rallied behind the governor.
Sanusi said: “I want to use this opportunity to congratulate the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on his recent victory at the Supreme Court and call on everyone to support the administration for the development of the state.
“The people of Kano State, irrespective of political party affiliation should collaborate with and support the administration for better Kano State.”
However, The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, urged Governor Ganduje to reconsider his government’s decision on the creation of additional four emirates in Kano State.
According to him, the intention was not to provoke emotion, but Benin Kingdom was worried and concerned about the government’s decision.
The Oba said: “I am very worried and concerned over the issue. I urge you to, please, reconsider your decision, your Excellency, although when I had a meeting with his eminence, I have learnt that reconciliatory moves are being made to settle the issue.
“Your Excellency, I appeal to you on behalf of myself and my brothers, please even if you are offended, please tamper justice with mercy.
“I advise you to please approach the issue with lots of caution and maturity.”
The Oba added that when he arrived at Kano he was surprised that contrary to what he heard from the media, there was no any sign of difference or misunderstanding between the governor and the emir.
In his remarks, Governor Ganduje said that he was overwhelmed by the Oba’s visit to the government house, especially at the time when Kano State abolished the issue of non-indigeneship.
Ganduje said: “We have since abolished the issue of non-indigenship. Whosoever is in Kano, so long as he or she is doing lawful things, he or she is a citizen of Kano, irrespective of religious differences or ethnic nationality.”
The governor, however, stated that his administration accorded great respect to traditional institution, as it is included in almost all the policies in the state.
Ganduje added: “We have introduced free and compulsory education. Plans are ongoing to improve healthcare delivery and there are various infrastructural projects going on in the state. For these to succeed, we need the help of traditional institution for their being closer to the people.
“National integration is an integral part of our life, as a state. Traditional institutions have an important role to play.”