The embattled Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Wednesday failed to attend the inauguration ceremony of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in the state.
Reports say that despite the protocol arrangement for Mr Sanusi and the four new emirs recently created by Mr Ganduje, the former CBN governor’s seat, which was reserved as number 1, became vacant throughout the event.
It was learnt that the development might not be unconnected with the lingering feud between Mr Sanusi and Mr Ganduje.
Our correspondent, who was at the venue of the event, however, observed that all the new emirs of Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye attended the inauguration ceremony.
However, Governor Ganduje and his deputy, Nasiru Gawuna, simultaneously took the oath of office and allegiance at about 10:30 am, amidst mammoth crowd.
The oath of office and oath of allegiance were administered by Chief Judge of Kano State, Justice Nuraddeen Umar.
In his inauguration speech, Mr Ganduje declared free education for physically challenged persons from primary to tertiary level.
He also announced the introduction of free and compulsory basic and post basic education, adding that tertiary education would be subsidised and their annual allowance be increased.
Concerned with the prevalence of cancer scourge, Mr Ganduje revealed that his administration would spend N2.4 billion to establish ultra-modern cancer treatment centre at Muhammadu Buhari Hospital in the state.
He also expressed his commitment to zero tolerance to corruption, revealing that some officials were found wanting and their cases are before the court of law.
“I have a firm believe that my second tenure would be inclusive where development will reign throughout the state. I will continue to execute infrastructural projects, especially road networks across the state.
“Our agenda for next level is for all. Everybody is inclusive. Election is over. It is now the moment for projects. I am the father of all in this state, as such, I forgive everybody. Everybody is mine. Therefore, we will run an inclusive government,” he declared.
“Our health commitment would be unprecedented. Our cancer treatment centre would be the best in Africa. We will ensure we provide portable water by creating new treatment plant for provision of adequate water in the state,” he added.
Mr Ganduje, however, stressed that his second term would herald a new dawn in every strata of development, peace and harmony in the state.