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By African Examiner, Baltimore
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Emir of Kano’s Rift with Gov. Musa Kwankwaso Deepens
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That the Emir of Bayero, Alhaji Ado Bayero does not like the face of Kano
Governor, Musa Kwankwaso is not a new story.
Not a few people who know the story of their relationship would tell you that
during his first term, the two related like the proverbial cat and mouse.
And so it was not news that Shekarau who succeeded Kwankwaso was more
amenable to being the royal father’s friend and when he left office and Kwanwkaso
came back, many people knew that there would be tension between the palace
and the Government House.
A few days ago, the cold war raised its head when the Government spokesman
stated that the Emir would not be performing his normal annual visitation to the
Governor after the Sallah as well as the annual post fasting durbar.
According to the Governor’s spokesman, the Emir was too ill to attend to the
usual visits as well as riding round town on a horse.
The Governor was however embarrassed when the palace replied that contrary to
their claims the EmIr was healthy and that the Durbar would hold. And it did hold.
The Government, not wanting to be outwitted however went on air to announce that
the Emir was now okay enough to visit the Governor and that Ado Bayero was
coming to visit the Governor the next day.
The traditional ruler, who never had the visit on his schedule ate a humble pie and
paid the traditional homage.
According to sources, this is just the beginning of a war that would definitely take
place all through the life of the administration unless one of the combatants gives
way. For now, after the embarrassments, both sides have gone back to dig in and
plan their next strategy.