Respect traditional rulers- Ex SGF warns Kano govt

A former secretary to the government of the federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, has called on the Kano state government to strictly follow due process in the handling of its case against the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II.

The former SGF also called for respect and protection for traditional rulers, stressing that there could be consequences if the Kano state government proceeds the way it is doing now.

In a telephone interview with Daily Trust, the former SGF urged Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to see himself as the leader for all Kano state residents and not just those who voted for him, even if the emir is a card-carrying member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Reports gatheered that Ahmed warned that there could be consequences for the government, the traditional institution and the entire northern establishment, if the Kano state government proceeds the way it is doing now.

He pointed out that Kano is home to many Nigerians who come to the state to earn their livelihood; stressing that anything that can trigger a security concern should worry the state government.

Yayale asserted that traditional institutions should not be subjected to unnecessary intimidation, as there are security implications.

He called for respect and protection for traditional rulers, even if a referendum should be held to determine that; expressing belief that Nigeria still needs monarchs.

Meanwhile, media previously reported that Abba Anwar, the spokesperson to the Kano state governor, dismissed a report stating that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi ll, had reconciled their differences.

The governor’s aide disclosed that though a reconciliation meeting between the governor and the emir held on Friday, June 7, the matter had not yet been resolved.

Anwar urged the press to wait for the response of the governor as the dialogue on the resolving the dispute was still ongoing.



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