What Shettima Said About Ganduje, Emir Emir Of kano

Borno state governor Kashim Shettima says he is emotionally indebted to his Kano state equivalent, Abdullahi Ganduje, and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

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Concise News understands that Shettima made this known following insinuations that he was taking sides with Ganduje after the Kano governor created four new emirates in the northwest state.

Ganduje had signed into law a bill to balkanize the Kano Emirate Council and created four new emirates – Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi – with all Emirs expected to have equal powers as well as being on the same first-class status as Emir Sanusi.

Many saw the creation of the emirates as a move to whittle Emir Sanusi’s status as the only first-class traditional ruler in the state.

“We are dwelling on trivialities and issues that are of the past,” Shettima said during a press briefing on Saturday.

According to him, the Northern Governors have been working behind the scenes to resolve the issues between both the governor and the Emir.

“I have ties in Kano. The governor of Kano has adopted 200 sons of Borno (orphans) and the Kano State Government is shouldering the burden of their education, welfare, up to university level so, I am emotionally indebted to him,” he added.

“I am equally emotionally indebted to Emir Muhammadu Sanusi because under his stewardship he brought the BDC to Borno. It was under his stewardship that he brought a lot of investments to my state and most importantly, he was our gateway to Aliko Dangote when he went and solved a huge humanitarian crisis in Borno, he was the one who mobilised the business community to render a helping hand.

“The governor is an elder statesman that I hold in the highest esteem and the emir is one of the intellectual torchbearers of Northern Nigeria.”