The governor of Kano state Abdullahi Ganduje has thrown a jab at the deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by calling him a celebrated social critic which he stated was not bad as he is entitled to his freedom of speech but such was not needed in a traditional institution like being the Emir of a state like Kano.
According to Ganduje, the former Emir did not ‘watch his tongue’ and that was the real problem. Ganduje painted a scenario that happened in the past when he was deputy governor under Kwankwaso, at the time, Sanusi was still an executive director of a bank, who critised the then governor of building a house in Abuja rather than providing water amenities to the poor masses in Kano, the said building was supposed to be the governor’s Lodge in Asokoro. The then governor asked the bank to sack Sanusi but the bank refused and the state had to to pull out It’s fund of about 965 million from the bank. That’s the work of a ‘social critic’.
“But when he became the Emir of Kano, he refused to change from that stature to the stature of a traditional ruler. He is an economist but he failed to understand [that] in economics you have to inherit assets and liabilities. But he only inherited the assets of a traditional institution by giving orders, staying in a mansion, dressing gorgeously, being addressed as a king but the liability of that institution, you have to watch your words, you have to watch your tongue and he didn’t do that. Kano state cannot afford such a flamboyant lifestyle of an Emir.