The media (social, electronic and print) has gone agog courtesy of the epic battle between Gov. Ganduje and Emir Sanusi. I read alot of comments and observations.
The vocal and outspoken royal father was popular even outside the northern Nigeria for his open and relentless criticism on some of the obnoxious policies of this administration. Majority are seeing the emir as being witch-hunted for the open support he was perceived to have for kwankwaso and the PDP candidate Engr. Abba kabir Yusuf in the just concluded governorship election. The second round election which produced Ganduje as winner was marred with serious irregularities as adjudged by both local and foreign observers. Majority are blaming the governor for not being magnanimous in victory.
Apart from breaking the emirate council into four kindrates with three more first class chiefs, the emir was also facing allegation of corruption on the way he squandered over 3 billion naira belonging to the emirate council. Recall that Gov. Ganduje has also faced serious allegations of bribery involving hard currency on the viral video tapes released by Jafaar – Jafaar. That video tapes made him unpopular in kano and gave a significant blow on the fortune of his party APC. Ganduje narrowly won election not on the basis of performance but that of integrity.
Typical northerners particularly kanawa people passionately detest people of questionable characters in possition of authority. This was the reason why they massively voted for PMB for the second term but shun Ganduje at the polls.
Personally, when two elephants are fighting i usually stand to see if the grass will actually suffer. But certainly not on this case. Both elephants here are claiming to fight for the Interest of the grass – the kano people. My own worry here is, why is it difficult to believe the emir mismanaged the money belonging to the council but it is easy to believe Ganduje is guilty of the dollar bribes?
My second worry is what did Gov. Ganduje stands to gain in the whole issue? Popularity? More dollars?
Two wrongs certainly don’t make a right. The emir should know that he who comes with equity must come clean. If you leave in glass house don’t throw stones. The emir should tow the path of honour like his predecessor Late Ado Bayero and be secret adviser of Government not just being on the spotlight for public criticism and condemnations. Words of royal fathers are authorities. They are too heavy and shouldn’t come out too often if not they stand to loose their relevance. More wisdom and not just English language is required of the head that wears the crown.
Ganduje should also tow with caution, he should know that power is transient. Great men chooses their battles carefully. Your agenda is not popular and dose not worth the exergy. Posterity shall judge you as not builder of bridges but the architect of division of the united people of kano emirate.
The people deserve good roads, better education, improved health care facilities and the list goes on and on and certainly not new emirate councils.
Anyway this is just my opinion of which I’m entitled to as a common man of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
I remain my faithful, loyal and humble self.