Emirship tussle: Kano deputy governor apologizes to NSA over allegation

The Deputy Governor of Kano State, Malam Aminu Gwarzo, on Monday tendered an unreserved apology to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gwarzo, in a brief video interview at the Emir’s palace in Gidan Rumfa on Saturday, accused the NSA of arranging the return of the deposed 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero, to Kano.

Gwarzo made the apology while addressing newsmen at the Government House in Kano on Monday morning.

The deputy governor acknowledged that he was misled into making the allegation and expressed regrets for any embarrassment or inconvenience caused the NSA and his office.

”We were shocked to hear the NSA’s name mentioned in the plot to impose a deposed Emir in Kano, knowing his integrity and pedigree.
“We are human and can err at any time,” the deputy governor said.

“On behalf of myself and the Governor of Kano State, I assure the NSA of our continued support and cooperation in discharging his duties.”

The deputy governor called on President Bola Tinubu to conduct a thorough investigation into the happenings in Kano to ensure peace and stability in the state.

NAN reports that the NSA had threatened to take legal action against Gwarzo, for defamation in the ongoing Emirship dispute in Kano.“The National Security Adviser provided two jets to bring the dethroned emir to Kano and to take him to the palace. We have not understood their intention,” Gwarzo said.

In spite of denying the allegation through his spokesperson on Saturday, the NSA, in a letter by his lawyers, Aliyu & Musa Chambers, demanded an apology from Gwarzo.

The lawyers emphasised that while Ribadu had never been accused of any wrongdoing, he had been inundated with “a barrage of telephone calls both within and outside Nigeria” over the “false accusation.

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