Governors Can Dethrone Anybody – Presidency Reacts To Sanusi Removal

The Presidency on Tuesday said that department of monarchs is not new in Nigeria, saying that sitting governors are constitutional empowered to total institutions within its domain.

Aso Rock made this known while reacting to the dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano by Governor Umar Ganduje of the state.


In a series of tweets, Tolu Ogunlesi , one of the media aides of President Muhammadu Buhari noted that , “A sitting governor can dethrone anybody – they have the power . That is the way the system is set up. Nobody is above being dethroned . Governors formally appoint them , present them the staff of office and fund their offices ”.

He said governors have veto powers over monarchs in their states citing Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State , who “paraded Rivers traditional rulers recently and addressed them like a kindergarten class ”, adding; “that is the power a governor has over royal institutions . Every governor . It actually didn ’t start today , it has been so for a long long time ”.

“British deposed Obas of Lagos / Benin 1851 / 1897 ; Alake temporarily deposed by 1948 women ’ s riots ; Awo deposed Alaafin 1955 ; Olowo deposed 1966 ; Edo Milad tried to remove Oba of Benin as Chair , State Trad Rulers Council 1999; Deji of Akure deposed 2010 ,” Ogunlesi said in a flurry of tweets.

Ganduje on Monday announced Ado Bayero, son of a former Emir and rival to the throne in 2014, as Sanusi’s replacement.

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