Governor Nasir El-Rufai, of Kaduna state on Wednesday appointed the deposed Emir of Kano as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University.
El-Rufai made the appointment barely 24 hours after he appointed the former Emir into the board of the state investment promotion agency.
The governor, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, said the deposed emir succeeded the pioneer Chancellor of KASU, Mallam Tagwai Sambo, the Chief of Moro’a in Southern Kaduna.
He stated “The Kaduna State Government has named His Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II, as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University barely 24 hours after he was made the Vice Chairman of Kaduna State Investment Promotion Agency.
“Sanusi II succeeds the pioneer Chancellor, His Highness, Malam Tagwai Sambo, the Chief of Moro’a, who was appointed to the role in 2005.”
The statement stated further that the appointment was based on the fact that “in public life, His Highness has demonstrated a strong commitment to education.
“The Kaduna State Government has no doubt that as chancellor, His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi will provide symbolic and substantive leadership in raising the profile of KASU as an emerging centre of learning on the national and global levels.
“The appointment of the new chancellor comes at an exciting moment for KASU, which is transiting to a multi-campus structure with presence across the state.”
Reacting to Sanusi’s appointments, the Kano State Government said the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, was free to give any appointment to the deposed emir.
The Special Adviser to the Kano State Governor on Media, Alhaji Salihu Yakasai, in an interview with The PUNCH, said the state government did not harbour any ill-feeling towards the appointments given to the deposed emir.
The special adviser said the state government was not bothered about the appointments given to Sanusi.
Yakasai stated, “As far as we are concerned, the Kaduna State Government is at liberty to give the deposed Emir of Kano any appointment it feels like giving him.
“It is the prerogative of the Kaduna State Government to do whatever it likes and that does not bother the Kano State Government. So as far as we are concerned, Governor El-Rufai is at liberty to give the deposed emir any appointment.”