Sacked Emir of Kano Sanusi banished to Nasarawa state
The Kano state government on Monday, March 9, dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, and appointed the Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado Bayero, as his successor
Sanusi’s dethronement came after the state’s Executive Council meeting presided over by the governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
Confirming the development, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, Kano’s Secretary to the State Government (SSG), said that the monarch’s sack takes effect from Monday.
Usman said that the Emir’s action violated the part 3 section A-E of Kano state law and that his removal was a decision reached after a lot of consultation with all relevant stakeholders.
The sacked Emir was recently alleged to be involved in a N2.2billion land scam, leading to the setting up of a commission to probe the level of his involvement.
According to a statement by the Kano statement, the deposed Emir severally flouted lawful instructions from the state governor Abdullahi Ganduje, and other lawful institutions, adding that he refused to attend official meetings and programmes.
Calling on Kano people to be calm over the development, the SSG said that a replacement will be made in due time and made known to the public.
It will be recalled that Shehu Sani. the immediate past representative of Kaduna Central at the Senate, had earlier pleaded with Ganduje to thread softly in his dealing with Sanusi.
It was learnt that the former lawmaker asked the governor to forgive Emir Sanusi of any wrongdoing.
Sani in a tweet on Friday, March 6, via his verified Twitter account, @ShehuSani, urged governor Ganduje to “forgive, forget and move on and let the Emir be.”
He reminded the governor that power is transient and as such, he may need the Emir someday.
The Emir is currently facing a probe by Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission, over allegation of N2.2 billion land scam.
The first-class traditional ruler who was expected to appear before the commission’s team of investigators on Thursday, March 5, didn’t appear, requesting for another day.
The commission, however, insisted on Friday, March 6, that the Emir must appear before it for questioning on Monday, March 9.
The governor had been at loggerhead with Emir Sanusi and many see the fresh probe as a continuation of the initial crisis that led to the creation of an additional four new emirates in the state.
Muhammadu Sanusi II (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) was born on July 31 1961, He was the 14th Emir of Kano, and hails from the Fulani Sullubawa clan.
He ascended the throne in 2014, following the death of his grand uncle Ado Bayero.
Prior to his accession, Sanusi was an economist and banker. He served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009 to 2014, when he was suspended by President Goodluck Jonathan, after raising the alarm on the US$20 billion NNPC scandal. .