In a view to ending the prolonged misunderstanding between Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, led members on Monday to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the peace efforts initiated to settle the lingering dispute between them.
The committee chaired by former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd.), also had the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, alongside other eminent personalities as members.
According to Fayemi, the governors forum was involved in the efforts to broker peace between Ganduje and the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, because of the position of Kano as “a hotbed of politics in Nigeria and flagship in the APC.”
Speaking to State House Correspondents, he said: “The committee has just started its work. You may recall that I have been involved in resolving the problem we have in Kano for some time. I have had course as chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, of working with some key stakeholders in Kano to bring both parties together.
“What what we are doing now is essentially an expanded committee of the elders, chaired by General Abdulsalam Abubakar, and comprising very distinguished Nigerians. From our forum, myself and Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state are also members of the committee.
“We are already having preliminary discussions with both parties and we know that they are both desirous of peace in Kano.
“We have also briefed Mr President on the mission of this body. It is not a federal government body, I must say that, but the Federal Government is not averse to anything that can assist in ensuring that there is peace in one of the most political states in our country.
“Anything to avoid a volatile situation that may result in an unfortunate development is not wanted and it is our expectation that given the positive response from both Ganduje and the Emir of Kano, we will come to a resolution of the problem.”
Further speaking, Fayemi disclosed that similar efforts were ongoing at the NGF level to resolve the political crisis in Rivers, Edo and Bayelsa states.