“Such is happening in Kano after somebody who was supposed to be the government’s enemy was chosen by the traditional people to be their emir. I saw the government reacting to a purely traditional and religious matter.
“He is a Christian president but people are pushing him to go and stop a religious and traditional leader. I don’t think they know the meaning of an Emir. An Emir is both like a Pope; like an Archbishop and, at the same time, he has traditional powers.
“He is not like a chief in Tiv or Yorubaland or Igboland; this is the head of Islam in Kano. Kano has a history that dates back to about 1000 to 2000 years; and this people can trace their traditional rulers. How will the government stop them?”
The forum said it is wrong for the Presidency to interfere in an ethno-religious tradition that is over 1,000yrs.
The Deputy National Chairman, NEF, Dr. Paul Unongo, said the President Goodluck Jonathan administration had been hard on its critics and often rejected advice given to it. He said the President was being misled by his advisers.
Dr Unongo added, “There are so many things happening in this country that I don’t understand anymore. I dont know if the Federal Government is interested in people’s ideas. The government gives the impression that it knows everything and how to solve problems. And what it needs is for everybody to shut up.”
Emir Sanusi succeeded Ado Bayero who died on June 6 at the age of 84 years after 50 years on the throne.