President Jonathan’s, during his presidential campaign tour to the ancient city of Kano has gone to seek the “royal blessing” of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, whom he (the president) unceremoniously dismissed as governor of Central Bank.
The president proceeded to the Emir’s palace immediately after his arrival at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport where he expressed gratitude for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage.
He also condoled the emir on the death of the late emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero, saying, “I am condoling you and the emirate over the death of the late emir. I am also congratulating you for this position as the Emir of Kano, being my first time to visit Kano since you assumed the throne.”
At the Palace, the president did not hesitate to state his mission as he informed the new Emir of his intentions to solicit his support for the forthcoming election. “I am here to seek your royal blessing and to reassure the people of Kano that PDP is totally committed to developing the country.” The president said.
In his response, Sanusi said the emirate has no political affiliation with any of the parties, stressing that its major concern was sustainable peace and the security of lives and property in the state.
The Emir said the emirate was praying for the peaceful conduct of next month’s general election and appealed to the electorate to eschew any form of violence, while also urging the government to redouble its efforts at overcoming the security challenges facing the country.
He called on politicians to conduct their business in peace and avoid bloodshed, noting that democracy was all about choice.
Sanusi appealed to the electorate to accept the verdict of the election and rally round whoever emerges the winner.
He also expressed delight that government was doing all that was necessary to provide permanent voters’ cards (PVC) so that all eligible Nigerians could exercise their franchise.