The continued rivalry between the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and Governor of Kano state, Umar Ganduje, seems to be taking new heights heights as the Emir sacks his Palace Chief, Alhaji Auwalu, for participating in the grand reception in honour of Governor Ganduje last Wednesday.
The Emir who terminated Auwalu’s appointment on Saturday asked him to vacate his home of over 30 years. The Maja Sidden Sarkin Kano has been in-charge of decorating the Emir’s horse.
It was gathered that Alhaji Auwalu issues started when he raised the portrait of the late Emir of Kano, His Highness, Sarkin Ado Abdullahi Bayero, while celebrating with Ganduje as the governor’s long convoy passed through the Emir’s palace from Kano airport towards the Government House last Wednesday.
An annoymous palace source told reporters that Emir Sanusi, who was not in Kano during Ganduje’s reception, was angered over the action of Alhaji Auwalu.
He said: “You know what is happening between the Emir and Governor Ganduje. In fact, members of the Emirate Council were warned against attending any government function, which the Emir did not approve of.
“The Emir was outraged over the action of Maja Siddin Sarkin Kano, which he considered as acts of disloyalty. This man is a very popular man within the palace. He arranges the horse for the Emir and he has stayed in the palace for over 30 years.
“People around here are not happy over his plight. People are angry because they believe he is being treated unjustly. I don’t think it is a sin to join happy residents to celebrate the tribunal victory and home-coming of Governor Ganduje.”
Recall that the Governor of Kano has water-downed the powers of the Emir by creating four new emirates in the state.