Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Friday revealed that governors cannot openly interfere in the rift between Kano Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir Muhammadu Sanusi.
He further revealed how Northern Governors secretly met sometime ago to quell the tension over Kano Emirate.
He spoke in Kaduna on Friday in a chat with newsmen after the Northern Governors’ meeting.
Ganduje had on May 8 signed into law the the creation of four additional Emirates in Kano State to downsize the influence of Emir Sanusi.
According to Shettima, the development was saddening as he had special relationship that makes him indebted to both Governor Ganduje and Emir Sanusi.
Shettima said: “Governor Ganduje and his highness, the Emir of Kano have done some things that eternally dear to the people of Borno, to me in particular.
“Governor Ganduje has adopted and granted lifetime scholarship from primary to University levels to 200 orphans from Borno State whose parents were killed by Boko Haram.
“These children are provided with accommodation, feeding and being given very good education in Kano State under a special welfare programme that the Governor approved.
“On the other hand, the Emir of Kano was our main link to Alhaji Aliko Dangote. In 2016, the Emir was in Borno and on seeing the humanitarian situation, he spoke to Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Dangote has been to Borno State more than 3 times.
“He has given the highest individual and private sector support to our humanitarian course and I will never forget that the Emir of Kano was the link. As CBN Governor, the Emir brought the CBN entrepreneurship development center to Borno State back in 2013 or so.
“He helped in raising global local and global awareness to our situation in Borno. I will never forget the empathy shown to us by the Emir of Kano as well as Governor Ganduje and this is why I play the role of a bridge builder.
“And then, we Governors have one unwritten policy, we don’t openly interfere with the issues of one another. We only play background roles to lobby and appeal.
“I cannot dictate to Ganduje how he should run Kano but we can work underground as bridge builders. God willing the Governor and the Emir will come back together as one”, Shettima said.