– Kashim Shettima of Borno state has said that he would not take sides over the creation of new emirates in Kano state
– Governor Ganduje had approved the split of Kano emirate
– Shettima, however, said that he has special relationships with both Ganduje and Sanusi
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state, said he could not take side with either Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state or the Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, over the creation of new emirates.
Daily Trust reports that the governor, while responding to questions from newsmen after the northern states governors forum meeting in Kaduna on Friday, May 17, said he could never have spoken in support of the split of the Kano emirate or against the governor because he had special relationships with both Ganduje and Sanusi.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the context of a remark he earlier made on the issue was completely changed.
He said: “Fact is, Governor Ganduje has adopted and granted lifetime scholarships from primary to university levels to 200 orphans from Borno state whose parents were killed by Boko Haram. On the other hand, the Emir of Kano was our main link to Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
”In 20016, the emir was in Borno and on seeing the humanitarian situation, he spoke to Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Dangote has been to Borno State more than three times.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that prominent northern elders under the aegis of Friends of Democracy called on President Muhammadu Buhari to step in on the creation of additional four emirates by the Kano state government.
It was reported that the group also called on Governor Umar Ganduje to embark on more consultations to resolve the issue that led to the development. In a statement issued on Wednesday, May 15, the group noted that if care is not taken, the issue may lead to breakdown of law and order.
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