(By Chris K.Amadi) – Since the news broke of the sudden deposition of the immediate past Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has not hidden his objection to the action, and has openly stood in solidarity with the former Central Bank Governor, who, in quick succession has been loaded with two appointments: the first, barely 24 hours after his sack as Vice-Chairman, Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency, KADIPA, and the latest coming up on Wednesday as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University, KASU.
THEWILL cites a statement from Sir Kashim Ibrahim House on Wednesday announcing the new appointment, adding that Sanusi is to succeed the pioneer Chancellor, His Highness, Malam Tagwai Sambo, the Chief of Moro’a, who was appointed to the role in 2005.
The Statement reads:
“On behalf of the government and people of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai is delighted to appoint His Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University. In public life, His Highness has demonstrated a strong commitment to education.
“The Kaduna State Government has no doubt that as Chancellor, His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi, would provide symbolic and substantive leadership in raising the profile of KASU as an emerging centre of learning on the national and global level.
“This appointment of the new chancellor comes at an exciting moment for KASU which is transiting to a multicampus structure with presence across the state.
“HH Muhammadu Sanusi II replaces the pioneer Chancellor, HH Malam Tagwai Sambo, the Chief of Moro’a, who has served in that role since 2005. Governor El-Rufai has conveyed the profound appreciation of the government to HH Malam Tagwai Sambo for the long years of distinguished service to KASU and the state.
“Malam Nasir El-Rufai welcomes with gratitude the consent of His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi to serve as Chancellor of KASU and as Vice-Chairman of the board of KADIPA.
“The Kaduna State Government is grateful that HH Muhammadu Sanusi II continues to support and assist the realisation of the governance objectives of the Kaduna State Government.”
Meanwhile, many Nigerians have expressed reservations over the action of the Kano state governor, just as others were of the view that the former Emir was paying the prize for speaking the truth to power.