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Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Friday visited the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu II in Awe, Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

It would be recalled that the governor had earlier in the morning posted a picture on his Twitter handle saying he was heading to Awe to visit the embattled former Emir, who was banished to Nasarawa State after his dethronment by the Kano State Government.

el-Rufai, who arrived Awe af about 12noon, later told reporters that he could not leave the embattled monarch at this time.

According to him, Sanusi had been with him since he was a teenager and that he (Sanusi) had never left him.

The governor also said that traditional rulers deserve respect and that in Kaduna, monarchs as the custodians of culture are respected.

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el-Rufai said: “I came to visit my friend and my brother, the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, and to see how he is doing and to express my support for him.

“We have been friends since we were teenagers. He has been by my side throughout my troubles and successes and I have to be by his side throughout his own troubles and successes. We are inseparable.”

Speaking further after the Jumat prayers in Awe town, which was led by Sanusi, the Kaduna State Governor, disclosed that he and the former Emir were heading to Abuja on the strength of the order of an Abuja Federal High Court freeing him from confinement to Awe.

“As you know, the Federal High Court in Abuja today declared his detention illegal and unconstitutional and his banishment also in violation of the constitution. So, he is free.

“He can live anywhere he wants, including Kano city, if he wants. But we are on our way to Abuja. It is quite likely that the emir proceeds to Lagos which was his preferred destination from day one.

“From the day he was informed of his deposition, it was his wish to go to Lagos because some of his family members are now in Lagos. And by the grace of God, we are on our way to Lagos”, el-Rufai said.

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