Buhari Distances Self from Kano’s New Emirates Controversies

President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted on Friday to have distanced himself from all controversies surrounding the creation of new emirates in Kano state, saying the constitution does not give him the power to interfare.

A statement issued by the chief press secretary to Kano state governor, Abba Anway late Friday claimed that the president has stated “categorically clear that he has no constitutional right to interfere in the Kano Emirates discussions.”

The statement said Buhari made the “revelation when Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje took to the Presidential Villa the newly elected legislators, 3 members of the House of Representatives and 4 members of the State Assembly under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).”

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Anwar quoted the president to have 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.”

He said the president advised the newly elected legislators: “I hope you are mindful of your promises to your constituencies. You went round 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.”

James Obi: James Obi hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the social sciences, and has worked as a correspondent for various Nigerian national dailies for over a decade.
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