SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
Governor of Kano State, Umar Ganduje, on Tuesday said the embattled Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and he were still in reconciliatory talks.
Ganduje disclosed this to State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammad Buhari behind closed-doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Emir, whose kingdom has since been split into five by the Governor, is also being investigated following allegations of misappropriation of emirate funds levelled against him by the state government.
Emerging from the meeting with the president, the Governor dismissed the speculation making the rounds that he was bent on removing the Emir.
When asked specifically about this, he retorted: “Who told you that?” But on the reconciliation effort, he simply said: “It is still going on. Discussions are still going on.”
The Governor said he briefed the President on the security situation in Kano State, declaring it as one of the most peaceful States in the country.
“We are working in synergy with security agencies in Kano State to ensure that the state remains peaceful despite what is happening in the neighboring states. Our emphasis is on community policing, community participation, especially those communities located around the forest areas of the state.
“So, we have built a synergy with the security institutions and our traditional rulers. The traditional rulers are always there and they also get a lot of security reports and they use it a lot to maintain peace in their domains. So, as of today, Kano is one of the most peaceful States”, he said.
He advised neighbouring states to adopt similar strategies, stressing that “there is need for the community to avoid being recruited into the insurgency because, once the community is penetrated and the youths are recruited into the insurgency, it becomes complicated and difficult to solve”.
On the N6.8million allegedly swallowed by a gorilla at the Kano zoo, Ganduje said preliminary investigation revealed that it was a case of armed robbery as there are no gorillas in the zoo.
“The issue of gorilla is junk journalism. This is because there is even no gorilla in that zoo. We are told that there was an armed robbery incident in which the entire safe at the zoo was carted away”, he said.
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