President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, countered Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso’s claim that the president was behind the travails of the ousted Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano State, had accused Buhari of masterminding Sanusi’s deposition.
The presidency, in a swift reaction, dispelled the claim, saying Kwankwaso’s statement was a wrong and calculated attempt to create public hostility against the president.
In a statement, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, said opposition elements were spreading “politically-motivated and untrue insinuations” over Sanusi’s removal.
“President Buhari has no involvement whatsoever in the dethronement of HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II from the position of Emir of Kano. All such insinuations are untrue, malicious and politically-motivated.
“The President does not have a history of intervening in the affairs of any state in the country, unless the issue at hand is of national consequence.
“On such matters, which impinge on national security, he has a duty of involvement as the law stipulates.
“As outlined in the constitution, the appointment or removal of emirs and other traditional leaders is strictly within the jurisdiction of state governments.
“It is unfair and disingenuous of opposition politicians to try to link the situation in Kano State to the Federal Government and the President,” Shehu stated.