Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has sacked his chief of staff, Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, who addressed Lamido Sanusi as a “former Emir of Kano.”
Sanusi, who was humiliated and deposed in 2020 after falling out with Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, didn’t take it lightly with the Chief of Staff.
He said, “When I listened to the Chief of Staff….I will call him former Chief of Staff…you will understand why I call you ‘former’ later….Next time don’t call me ‘former Emir.’ There is nothing like that.”
Abdullahi, who has served as El-Rufai’s chief of staff since 2019, was removed on Monday, October 11, 2021, when the governor conducted a cabinet reshuffle.
The chief of staff was subsequently deployed to the ministry of planning and budget where he would be commissioner.
It was not immediately clear whether or not Abdullahi’s removal as chief of staff was instigated bySan usi, who has remained politically influential and good friends with El-Rufai.
KanyiDaily recalls that El-Rufai had appointed Sanusi as the Vice Chairman of Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA) as well as Chancellor of the State University, barely 72 hours after his dethronement as Emir of Kano last year.