UPDATED: I never inherited N6b from late Emir Bayero, Emir Sanusi reacts

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The Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi ll, on Monday refuted the allegation of squandering N6bn from the coffers of the emirate.

Addressing a press conference at his palace, Sanusi said contrary to the allegation, he never inherited such amount from the late Emir, Ado Bayero.

Speaking through Walin Kano, Alhaji Mahe Bashir Wali, the Emir said late Ado Bayero left behind only N2.9bn.

Kano governor Ganduje queries Emir of Kano

In a move that has surprised many, Governor of Kano, Umar Ganduje, has queried the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, over various infractions detected in the Kano Emirate.

The query, which covered no fewer than three issues bordering on massive depletion of funds belonging to the emirate is causing uproar in the state. The emir was also queried for appointing chiefs into the emirate clan without consulting with the governor.

The appointment into the chiefs clan according to state government officials are political and the emir would need to make some explanations, an official said.

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission recently opened an investigation into the accounts of the Kano Emirate Council over allegations of ‘questionable expenditures’ running into billions of naira over a short period of time.

Sanusi II, has been accused of squandering N4.6 billion allegedly left in the emirate account by the former Emir Ado Bayero.

“The Emir’s  extravagant Lifestyle Will Blow Your mind, said a Kano official under the condition of anonymity.

”The Emir, and all he wants to do is ride a Rolls Royce in the face of palpable poverty; he shouldn’t engage in throwing accusations at others”, chairman of the Nigeria governors forum, Abudlaziz Yari, said in a statement released recently. The Governor accused the emir of hypocrisy, and advised him to “practise what he preaches” or “keep his peace”.

Yari further said: “Recently, our erudite emir has been mired in several controversies, which rather than enhance his profile and the integrity of royalty, have put him very much on the spot. And the emir has put up a spirited defense of all the allegations against him. But he was not transparent enough, as he always accused officials, especially governors, to tell the public what he found in the Kano Emirate palace coffers when he ascended the exalted throne. This is the least of his people’s expectations of him. It was the first that our finest royalty would offer.”

“Sacrifice is another attribute known to our royal fathers. But when an emir pledges to commit his hard earned resources for the face-lifting of the palace where he alone would reside and eventually transfers the burden to his impoverished subjects, there is a breach, or a problem.”

” The late Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki, of blessed memory, used his money to rebuild the Sultan’s Palace in Sokoto to his taste, but until his demise, he never tendered the bill to his subjects for reimbursement, yari said.

In a Monday morning response, Sanusi II, refutes all allegation of squandering N4billion from the accounts of the emirate.

Addressing a press conference at his palace, Sanusi said contrary to the allegation, he never inherited such amount from the late Emir, Ado Bayero.

Speaking through Walin Kano, Alhaji Mahe Bashir Wali, the Emir said late Ado Bayero left behind only N2.9bn.

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