Mohammad Sanusi, the 14th Emir of Kano, expressed his views last night on the ongoing crisis in Niger Republic, emphasizing that addressing this situation demands a collective effort involving public diplomacy, which should not be solely entrusted to the government.
Sanusi conveyed this perspective during his interaction with journalists after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The former Emir of Kano, who arrived at the State House around 8:25 pm, explained that he had come to update President Tinubu about his discussions with the leaders of the military junta responsible for the overthrow of the democratically elected government in Niger.
Sanusi stated, “I came to brief him on the intricacies of my conversations with the leaders of Niger. We are committed to facilitating dialogue between the two parties to enhance mutual understanding. This is a time for public diplomacy, a matter that involves not just governments but all Nigerians and Nigeriens, aiming to devise a solution beneficial for Africa, Niger, Nigeria, and humanity.”
When asked about reports suggesting that he acted independently rather than as part of a government delegation, he clarified, “No, I wasn’t dispatched by the government. Government officials were informed of my intention to go, but it was a personal initiative on my part, leveraging my personal connections to facilitate the trip. I will persist in my efforts. As a leader, it is my responsibility.”
He also shared that he was well received by the military authorities in Niger during his visit.
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