A statement by Abba Anwar, the spokesman of the Kano governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, claims that peace has been brokered between the governor and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, who have been feuding. The Abuja peace meeting, according to the statement, was initiated by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, who is a Kano native, and the chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti.
What the statement said: Apart from general details about a peace meeting and those who brokered it, the statement did not say much. It mostly highlighted ‘pleasantries’ exchanged afterwards:
- “As the two leaders met, they congratulated each other for the successful completion of the Ramadan Fast and the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.” the statement said.
- “Both leaders spoke and urged all Muslims to continue with the good teachings and spirit of the Fasting period of the Month of Ramadan.”
- “Emir Sanusi seized the opportunity to congratulate Gov. Ganduje for the victory in his second term in office. He also wished the governor successful tenure in office.”
- The two men agreed “for healthier relationship between the two institutions of government and Kano Emirate Council, the dialogues will continue.”
So many questions: The statement left a host of questions unanswered however –
- What exactly are the terms of this peace deal?
- Does it mean the query and allegations of fraud against the Emir are now forgiven?
- What happens to the Kano Emirate which was recently balkanised by the state government with new Emirates created out of it?
- How long is this going to last?
Important: Emir Sanusi is yet to issue a statement. His side of the story of this peace meeting may provide some answers.