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‘This is an insult’ — Ganduje’s aide kicks over cartoon on Sanusi’s dethronement

‘This is an insult’ — Ganduje’s aide kicks over cartoon on Sanusi’s dethronement
March 14
11:56 2020

Salihu Yakasai, spokesman to Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, has described as an “insult” a cartoon depicting the state as a cage.

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The creative work by Mustapha Bulama, a cartoonist, depicted a character in the form of Ganduje in a steel cage while pointing at Muhammadu Sanusi II, who has just been deposed as emir of Kano.

Sanusi is walking away and saying to Ganduje: “You can stay there.”

This would suggest he was walking away into freedom.

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Yakasi, who described the cartoon as a mockery and an insult to the people of Kano, said the state is not a cage.

He added that the depiction belittled Kano, a state with “a thousand year old history and has produced great leaders and scholars”.

Bulama had tweeted: “My Cartoon Today @daily_trust”

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Responding, Yakasai tweeted: “I see this as a mockery & insult to the entire ppl of Kano. Kano is NOT a cage, its a state with a thousand year old history, that has engaged in trade & commerce with the entire world for centuries, that has produced great leaders & scholars, Kano will continue to be GREAT ISA.”

Bulama responded by saying the state was a cage for Sanusi. “It was a cage for the emir,” he tweeted.

The Kano government had on Monday dethroned Sanusi and banished him to Nasarawa state where he was placed under heavy security.

An Abuja federal high court, however, ruled on Friday that the former monarch should be freed. He subsequently left Awe, the town he was forced to, in the company of Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna state governor.

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After his dethronement, there were reports that Sanusi would not be allowed into Kano for at least three months.

But responding to questions from journalists in Awe, el-Rufai said Sanusi could go anywhere, including Kano.

“The high court ruled that he can go anywhere, including Kano, but I think he wants to go to Lagos to reunite with his family,” el-Rufai said.

Below are some reactions to Yakasai’s tweet:

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