The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll has appealed to those agitating for Nigeria to split to have a rethink, stressing that Nigeria will remain one and an indivisible country.
While receiving the newly installed Garkuwan Hausawa in Ogun, Otunba Rotimi Paseda, in his palace, on Monday, Emir Sanusi described Paseda as a “worthy Ambassador” of Yorubaland whose immense contribution to national unity cannot be undermined.
The Emir of Kano said if Nigerians respect each other, they would continue to remain as one entity irrespective of their tribes, religion and cultural differences.
“This is what we, the traditional rulers are promoting among our subjects. So, we should ignore our differences and help in building one country.”
Emir Sanusi said the conferment of the chieftaincy title on the Ijebu-born Prince was justifiable, considering his unprecedented achievement in the private sector and unflinching support for the Hausa community in Ogun State.
He said he was not disappointed in conferring the Garkuwan title on Paseda as a Prince from Ijebuland whose character epitomizes nobility.
The Emir, therefore, enjoined Otunba Paseda to always uphold the tenets of the Garkuwan title, and continue to ensure the peaceful coexistence between the Yoruba and the Hausa communities in Ogun State.
The monarch also called on Hausa communities residing outside the North to respect the culture, tradition and norms of their host communities for peaceful co-existence.
“You should be good ambassadors of the north and ensure that you leave in peace and harmony with your host communities. Nigeria will remain one and indivisible country and Nigerians will continue to be one family.
“I was delighted when I learnt of your goodwill to Hausa people in Ogun state. I am not surprised to hear good testimonies about you taking cognizance of the fact that you are from a ruling house.
“Oba Awujale of Ijebu Land is my personal friend. We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, and I feel happy for the role you are playing as the Garkuwan Hausawa to ensure a cordial relationship between my people and the Yorubas,” Emir Sanusi said.
In his comments, the Garkuwan Hausawa, Otunba Rotimi Paseda, said he was at the palace to pay homage to Emir Sanusi and receive his blessings as the newly crowned Garkuwan Hausawa.
Paseda, who is also the national leader of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) said, he had enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the Hausa people living in Ogun state. He said:
“They are my brothers. I ensure that they are happy and I can testify to you that they have remained good ambassadors of the Hausa race in the state.
“They live in peace with us and I will ensure that the status quo is maintained.”
Meanwhile, the Kano State government’s anti-corruption agency has suspended the probe into the financial dealings of the Emirate council.
The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission was investigating the alleged misuse of N6 billion.
The state’s House of Assembly launched a separate investigation of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, following allegations of funds misappropriation, “defamation of character, breach of oath of office/oath of allegiance, abuse of office privileges and protocol, and political and religious interference”.
Chairman of the anti-corruption body, Muhyi Gado, said the commission was suspending its probe “indefinitely” to avoid a “crisis of concurrent investigation with the state House of Assembly and possible litigation by interested parties.”