President Muhammadu Buhari pledged Friday not to interfere in the recurring dispute between Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Buhari spoke today when he hosted Ganduje, prominent sons of Kano and the newly elected lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress. Emir Sanusi was absent. Aminu Ado Bayero, Emir of Bichi Ado, one of the new emirates created by Ganduje was present in his royal splendor.
Buhari said: “I know my role as the President of Nigeria. By the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Governor of Kano State has his own roles, once a matter is in the hands of the House of Assembly (like in Kano), the President has no constitutional right to interfere.
“I am here by the constitution, I swore by it, and I am going to stand by it. But let me tell you the bottom line of my understanding of the constitutional role is that peace and security of all Nigerians must be guaranteed, where the people are threatened, then I will use my constitutional powers,” he said.
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However, Buhari gave the assurance that the separation of powers between the Federal Government and the states notwithstanding, he has enough grounds in the constitution to ensure that the security of Nigerians is not compromised.
President Buhari advised the elected officials to live up to the promises they made to their constituents to justify the confidence reposed in them.
“I hope you are mindful of your promises to your constituencies. You went around and you promised your constituencies. I hope the promises you made are within the resources of your State. If you made promises outside your resources, it will be your problem because you are going to stand again in four years’ time. This is very important and it is important for our party.”