The Kaduna State governor, Nasiru El-Rufai has commenced the process of rehabilitating the former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, with his appointment into the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA) board within hours after he was removed as Emir of Kano.
Both the governor and the ex-Emir are implicated in the heinous Zaria massacre that claimed the lives of over a thousand lives in a single weekend in 2015. While the killings and the subsequent attempts at hiding the extent of lives lost through secret mass burial were directly supervised by the governor, the former Emir was clearly in the know of the plot, with feelers indicating he gave his tacit approval through an email made known to Reflection-online, where the ex-Emir told the governor that it was their “last chance to finish with Sheikh Zakzaky once and for all.”
Subsequently, Sanusi gathered their moles within the Islamic Movement and sold the idea of floating a camouflage Shi’ites group to further destabilize survivors of the massacre and detach them from the Islamic Movement.
The ex-Emir then ranted that Nigeria is a country based on Sunni principles and they would not tolerate anyone spreading the tenets of Shi’ism in the country. He was later to join the President, Gen Buhari in Mecca, where they celebrated the bashing of Sheikh Zakzaky and his Islamic Movement.
When disagreements broke out between the ex-Emir and the Kano state governor, Umar Ganduje, who himself is a fellow partner in their collective crimes of killing Shi’ites, it was governor Nasiru El-Rufai who went and settled them, at least temporarily.
It is therefore not surprising that El-Rufai would quickly come to the rescue of his ally in crime who has lost out in a power tussle.
A statement from Sir Kashim Ibrahim House said that “the appointment is part of the reconstitution of the board of KADIPA, which is statutorily chaired by the Deputy Governor, and has as internal members other senior officials of the Kaduna State Government.”
The statement which was signed by Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser on Media and Communication on Tuesday, said that “Kaduna State hopes to benefit from the profile, experience, intellect and networks of the ex-Emir, Muhammad Sanusi, who before becoming Emir, had built a solid reputation in global financial circles.
“Malam Nasir El-Rufai said that Kaduna State is honoured to be able to call on the services of a man of such calibre to drive its development,’’ the statement added.
According to the statement, Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe will chair the board while the ex-Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II will be Vice-Chairman.