‘Our efforts didn’t yield results’ — Abdulsalami speaks on Sanusi’s dethronement

Abdulsalami Abubakar, former military head of state of Nigeria Abdulsalami Abubakar, former military head of state of Nigeria

Abdulsalami Abubakar, former military head of state, says the efforts to reconcile Abdullahi Ganduje and Muhammadu Sanusi II, former emir of Kano, did not yield the desired result.

The Kano executive council led by Ganduje, the state governor, had on Monday dethroned Sanusi as emir, accusing him of insubordination.

In 2019, Abubakar was appointed as chairman of the reconciliation committee set up to intervene in the crisis between Sanusi and Ganduje.

Speaking in an interview with Voice of America (VOA) Hausa on the development, Abubakar said: “Well, I can say so in view of the latest development. In my view, all the committee’s efforts are wasted.”


He said after the committee submitted its report to the President Muhammadu Buhari, he “expressed willingness” to intervene.

Abubakar added that he cannot say categorically if Buhari intervened, but that if the president did, “I’ll be surprised that we got to this point”.

“After conclusion of the assignment, we realised that there was amicable resolution to the crisis. Surprisingly, this is what happened at last,” Abubakar said.


“I can’t really say whether Buhari has a hand in the matter because I am currently not in Nigeria. But before I left the country, we submitted our report to him, and he expressed willingness to intervene in the matter in order to have amicable resolution, despite being a constitutional matter. I really don’t know if he had intervened.

“The way this is, I don’t know if he was was involved or not. There are signs that he did because of this our report but I can’t be completely sure, but if he involved himself, I’ll be surprised that we got to this point. But then you know no matter what was said, no matter the advice given, it is what Allah had willed to happen and there’s no one who can change it.

Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano, had accused Buhati of ordering Sanusi’s dethronement.

The presidency, however, said the president had no hands in the matter. Buhari had earlier said he would not interfere in the crisis between the governor and the former monarch.

  1. Its absurd to hear that the president said he will not intervene on the squabbles between Gandollars and SLS. if he knew so why did he appoint Gen Sbdusallam to head the committee. What kind of president do we have that does not see beyond his nostrils. What a claustrophobic waste of resources and man-hour time. I used to be a die hard supporter of PMB but to say I am disappointed in him at this time is short of saying the least. Kano is vulnerable to a stool of gun powder ready to explode and May Allah help us who the heat might smear unto

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