The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Thursday said he has received a letter from 35 civil society organisations calling for the immediate dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, for disobedience to constituted authority.
Mr Ganduje’s spokesperson, Abba Anwar, in a statement said the CSOs are concerned that Mr Sanusi is making efforts to create a state within a state.
Mr Anwar did not list the 35 CSOs but said their request was signed by Ibrahim Ali, described as the chairman of the coalition.
Mr Ganduje has sought to whittle down the influence of Mr Sanusi by creating four new emirates and appointing first-class emirs for them.
Before the new law was put in place, the emir of Kano was the only first-class emir in the state.
Mr Ganduje has defended his actions saying it was in meeting with the popular demand of residents of the state.
Critics, however, say Mr Ganduje is moving against Mr Sanusi because the latter was critical of his government and did not support his re-election.
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