Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote was not a bystander in the ongoing crisis rocking Kano emirate culminating in the balkanization of the institution by the state governor, Umar Ganduje.
Ganduje and Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi have been having a frosty relationship, the culmination was the governor’s removal of thirty four local government areas hitherto under the emir, and the splitting of the emirate into four with same number of new emirs as heads.
Report has emerged that Dangote, who hails from the state attempted to broker peace between the warring duo before it degenerated to this level, as per Daily Trust.
“I can confidently tell you that when the probe was renewed and the move for creation of four new emirates in the state started, the emir sent the renowned business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, to Ganduje to plead with him to stop the two moves.
“However, Ganduje in his response told Dangote to go back and tell the emir that he should choose from three alternatives: To resign on his own or be removed from office or the government will create additional emirates in the state.
“Ganduje assured Dangote that one of the three options must be implemented by government since the emir will not stop playing partisan politics against him. If not for the quick intervention by Dangote, Ganduje would have dethroned the emir,” the paper quoted a source as saying.