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Insecurities: Nigeria facing worst experience ever – Daura Emir

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The Emir of Daura, Katsina State, Dr. Umar Farouk Umar, on Monday, lamented the current state of insecurity in the country, describing it as multifaceted security threats that is worse than civil war.

The monarch, who is the emir of President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown, called for prayers, advice and goodwill of all Nigerians, especially elders, traditional and religious leaders in the country, to overcome banditry and other security challenges the way the civil war was overcome with such prayers without sentiment.

The emir, who also cautioned Nigerians against “undue interference in security matters to avoid distracting the security agencies, spoke when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, visited him in Daura.

Buratai, who was in Katsina State on operational visit to Army formations in the state visited, was asked by the emir to use the same approach used in tackling the civil war to tackle the raging insecurity in Nigeria.

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According to Dr. Umar, President Buhari took over the reins of power at a time Nigeria was on the verge of collapse, adding that the current situation is like that of spectators who see all the faults in the players but cannot do better if given the chance.

Advising the CoAS to remain resolute, focused and shun distracting comments from any quarter, the emir commended the Nigerian Army and its leadership for the commitment and untiring efforts to contain the myriad of security challenges in Nigeria and in Daura emirate of Katsina State in particular since he took over as the COAS.

In his response, Gen Buratai assured the emir, the emirate council and the people of Nigeria of the renewed vigour and determination of the Nigerian Army to tackle the security challenges in the North-West and the country as a whole.


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COVID-19: Daura Emir Conquer, Recover. [Nigeria]


The Emir of Daura, Umar Umar, who was hospitalised as a result of coronavirus last week, has recovered.

President Muhammadu Buhari, a native of Daura, shared the news Thursday.

The presidency said Buhari was delighted at the news of the recovery and discharge from hospital of Mr Umar.

”I am happy to hear of your heart-touching experiences, successful treatment and discharge from hospital after ten days, a part of which was spent in intensive care.

”Given the times we are in, we were all worried about you during that period. I am very pleased that you came out healthy,” the president was quoted as saying.

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A statement by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu said the president applauded the dedicated and hardworking hospital staff of the Federal Medical Centre Katsina and other frontline medical and health workers, serving various patients in several hospitals across the country.

”The country is fortunate to have such a dedicated medical workforce,” the president said, adding that his administration would continue to take all necessary measures within means to boost their morale.


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President Buhari pray for Emir of Daura’s quick recovery. [Nigeria]

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday sent his goodwill and prayers to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar after he was admitted to the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina State.

President Buhari, who holds the traditional title of “Bayajidda” Daura, his hometown, said ”he received the news of the Emir’s sudden illness with concern and expressed best wishes for the speedy recovery of the monarch.”

“I join the Daura Emirate and the entire people of Katsina State in praying for the recovery of our humble and dedicated Emir, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar,” the President said.

The President in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, expressed satisfaction with the reported progress and recovery of the Emir since his hospitalization.


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[Nigeria] Kano govt appoint new Rano Emir.

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The Kano State Government has appointed Alhaji Muhammad Kabir Inuwa as the New Emir of the Rano Emirate.

The appointment was announced on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji.

According to him, Emir Kabiru was selected out of three candidates submitted.

Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has urged the new emir to continue to discharge his duties in accordance with tradition.

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The appointment comes days after the passing of the former Emir, Tafida Abubakar-Ila.

Abubakar-Ila died at a hospital in Kano on Saturday, almost one year after the state government created four new Emirate Councils and made him a first-class emir in Rano.

New Rano Emir, Alhaji Muhammad Kabir

A member of the House of Representatives and Turakin Rano, Alhassan Rurum, confirmed the death of the emir.

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The lawmakers said he died at a hospital after a brief illness.

He is survived by 17 children and two wives.


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Emir of Kaura Namoda is Dead; Buhari Mourn. [Nigeria]

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his condolences to government and people of Zamfara State over passing of Emir of Kaura Namoda, Alhaji Ahmad Muhammad Asha, describing him as a man peace, who loved his community and the nation.

The President commiserated with the family, Zamfara State Council of Chiefs and all associates of the late royal father, commending his contributions to the state as an accountant and auditor for many years.

President Buhari believes the virtues of honesty and generosity sowed by the late Emir will always be remembered.

He prayed that the almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort his family.


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COVID-19: Zamfara Emir Dies In Isolation Centre. [Nigeria]

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State, Alhaji Mohammed Ahmad Asha, has died of suspected COVID-19 complications.

He was said to have developed symptoms of Coronavirus, prompting his blood sample to been sent to Abuja for test.

Alhaji Mustafa Jafaru Kaura, Publicity Secretary for the Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in the state, said the late emir had been in isolation at the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, since Thursday.

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He said the remains of the late emir were still in the hospital awaiting burial by officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Aged 71, the late emir was appointed in 2004 by the first civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Sani Yariman Bakura.


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[Nigeria] Emir of Rano is seriously sick, Officials react.

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Officials of the Rano Emirate Council in Kano State has confirmed that the Emir of Rano, Dr Tafida Abubakar Ila II, is sick but not related to covid-19.

This was coming as reports making rounds in the state says the Emir is hospitalized over suspected case of covid-19.

The officials on the Emirates official twitter handle said the Emir is fast recuperating on his sickbed.

According to the tweet, “we are informing the general public that there is a report going round on social media on the sickness of His Royal Highness, the Emir of Rano.

“No doubt that His Royal Highness is sick but glory be to Allah. At the moment he is recuperating and the sickness is not related to covid-19 as reported in some quarters.

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“Initially and some months back, he visited to see his medical doctor for a medical checkup and so he came down sick with the commencement of the Ramadan fasting as someone who loves his religion.

“And by the grace of God in a short while, we would release his audio voice the moment the doctor finish attending to him.

“So we urge the people to remain calm and continue to pray for his quick recovery,” the tweet however reads.

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The report said that the Emir was rushed to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH in a critical condition but for lack of oxygen he was referred to the Nassarawa Specialist Hospital for further medical attention.

Recall that Rano Emirate council is one of the four newly created emirates in Kano State


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Kano’s Mysterious Deaths: Buhari Meet With NCDC Boss – Aminu Ado Keep Mute. [Nigeria]

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>>> Kano’s Mysterious Deaths: New Emir, Aminu Ado Keep Mute <<<


The new emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has reacted to the mass deaths recorded in Kano State.

Recall that scores of people, including elites and prominent sons of the state, have died in Dala, Fagge, Tarauni, Nasarawa, Gwale and Kano Municipal.

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Among those already buried are academics, administrators, bankers, media practitioners and businessmen.

Reacting, a statement the Emir personally signed maintained that the deaths were not COVID-19 related.

“We have been informed by the ministry that the deaths were not as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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“This report is really important, the report has further confirmed to us that COVID-19 is real and that as of today about 73 people have tested positive for the pandemic.

“My people, with regards to this situation, it has become necessary for us to remind you of the need to follow all the necessary medical advice,” he said.

He further urged Kano residents to stay away from crowded places, wash their hands regularly and avoid stigmatizing others.

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“I equally call on you to look after your children and make sure they do not continue to play football on the streets, once you notice any symptoms please do not hesitate to report such to medical experts,” he advised.

The Emir while calling for more prayers, commiserated with families of the deceased.


>>> Kano’s Mysterious Deaths: Buhari Meet With NCDC Boss, DG (Details) <<<


President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met with the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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It is believed that both Ehanire and Ihekweazu gave updates to the president, over their efforts in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, announced the meeting on his Twitter handle.

“FLASH: President @MBuhari receives briefing on Nigeria’s #COVID19 situation, from Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire and Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu this evening at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,” Ahmad wrote.

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The meeting took place a few hours before the expiration of the 14-day lockdown the President ordered in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States.

Buhari is expected to make his position on the lockdown public on Monday.


Details of meeting


President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday night received the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and the Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu.

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The trio held a closed-door meeting at the State House, Abuja.

The parley was on the strange disease in Kano, the lockdown and the coronavirus crisis.

Ehanire told State House correspondents that his ministry had been communicating with relevant agencies, including Kano State Government with a view to addressing the problem.

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The minister said further updates will be provided.

He disclosed that he and Ihekweazu briefed the president on the activities of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

They also discussed the restriction in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States, as the lockdown caused by the disease expires Monday night.

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The Nigerian leader is expected to announce a 14-day ban on inter-state movement as requested by governors.

Ehanire said they gave Buhari the summary position of the PTF and the ministries, weighing health and socio-economic factors.

The minister assured that Nigeria was winning the fight against the outbreak as all relevant health institutions were working in collaboration.

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He said: “The fight is going on very well. As I said, all countries have continued with the struggle against coronavirus, using the strategies that they have developed for their own countries.

“We have developed a strong strategy as we are working with other expert groups like the NCDC and relevant health organisations. So, we are also working with the states and the governors.’’

Ihekweazu said NCDC will continue to build up its testing strategies.

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“At the moment, 14 testing centres have been activated across the country. We want to bring the test closer to every state. Everybody is working very hard to solve this problem.

“I can see that some people are already procuring Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits. They don’t work as far as we know. So, I will really recommend that we all stick to the National Strategy, build on it, support its expansion and together we will get on top of the pandemic,’’ he stated.


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Emir of daura’s wife dies at 65


The Emir of Daura, Dr. Umar Faruq, on Friday morning lost his wife, Hajiya Binta.
The spokesman for Daura Emirate Council, Usman Abdullahi, confirmed the incident.

Hajiya Binta, 65, was said to have died of a natural cause.

Abdullahi said Hajiya Binta was buried a few hours after her death in Daura.

Emir of daura

Hajiya Binta was said to have been survived by six children, among whom is the District Head, Dalhatu Faruq.

Sympathisers had since been paying condolence visits to the Emir over the incident.


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Sanusi’s son shares family photo after father’s dethronement


Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s son, Ashraf Sanusi has shared a family portrait on Instagram barely a week after his father got dethroned as the Emir of Kano.

The family portrait the former Emir’s son shared came with a blue heart emoji. Here is it below;


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Letter poorly written – I could easily challenge this case – Sanusi mock Kano govt.

says, I have done my best in 6 years

I need to move on


Following his dethronement, Mallam Lamido Sanusi has mocked the Kano State Government for the poor manner in which his deposition letter was written.

Sanusi said going by the way in which the letter was written, it was easy for him to challenge his removal in court.

He also criticised the state government for not giving him fair hearing prior to his dethronement.

However, Sanusi said he was going to move on and did not want to return as Emir, saying he did all he could while he was the Emir of Kano for six years.

In a 45-second video clip that went viral on social media on Saturday, Sanusi said, “I have done what I could in six years, I’m moving on. I don’t want to go back. The truth is, if I had wanted to go back, the dethronement letter was so badly written, it was not done professionally. The easiest thing is just to go to court.”

“It’s simple… fair hearing. ’Did you query him? Did you ask him to defend himself? Did you even call him to ask him any question?’ No. That’s all but I think we should go on to a new phase in life,” Sanusi added.

Sanusi, who once headed the Central Bank for five years, became the 14th Emir of Kano in June 2014, following the death of his great uncle, Ado Bayero.

However, the 58-year-old was dethroned last Monday by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, over “total disrespect for lawful instructions from the office of the state government.”

According to a statement by the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, the removal of Sanusi, whose grandfather, Muhammadu Sanusi I, was deposed in 1963, was unanimously approved by the state executive council.

Reading the statement, which conveyed the dethronement of Sanusi, the Secretary to the State Government stated that the Emir was dethroned for “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state Governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organised by the government without any lawful justification which amount to total insubordination.”

The SSG further alleged that Sanusi breached Part 3 Section 13 (a-e) of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019, adding that if left unchecked, the deposed monarch would “destroy the good and established image of the Kano Emirate.”

The statement added, “This removal is made after due consultations with the relevant stakeholders and in compliance with Part 3 Section 13 of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019 and other reasons stated above.

“This removal was reached in order to safeguard the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige of the Kano Emirate built over a thousand years.”

About six hours after Sanusi’s deposition, the state government announced a new Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, a son of the 13th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who died in 2014.

The SSG said Aminu Ado Bayero’s appointment as the 15th Emir followed the recommendation received by Ganduje from the kingmakers.

The new Emir is also from the same Fulani dynasty as Sanusi.

Meanwhile, after his dethronement, Sanusi was driven to the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, from where he was taken to Nasarawa State, where he was banished to.

The deposed Emir was first taken to Loko, then Awe, both in Nasarawa State.

However, the former Emir’s lawyers on Friday secured a court order granting him freedom from illegal detention.

After the development, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, who is believed to be a close friend of the deposed Emir, travelled to Awe to visit Sanusi.

The duo later left Awe for Abuja. Hours later, Sanusi left Abuja for Lagos.

El-Rufai, Bakare visit deposed emir in Lagos

Meanwhile, Kaduna State Governor, El-Rufai and the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, were among a few people that visited the deposed emir in Lagos on Saturday.

El-Rufai posted the pictures of the visit on his verified twitter handle, @Govkaduna.

He wrote, “After the presentation of These Times, Mallam @elrufai and Pastor Tunde Bakare led a team to visit HH Muhammadu Sanusi 11who arrived Lagos last night(Friday).

Traditional rulers must accept governors as superiors –Yakasai

In the meantime, an elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, says Sanusi’s dethronement should serve as a lesson to all Emirs and other traditional leaders to accept and respect the governors in their respective states as their superiors.

Yakasai, who was Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters to a former President, the late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, said many traditional rulers found it difficult to reconcile with and respect the government of the day, hence the reason they always found themselves in trouble.

“There is a problem that I have observed. It has been happening on many occasions and it is that traditional rulers find it difficult to be under the supremacy of the government of the day,” Yakasai said in an interview with one of our correspondents.

The elder statesman, however, blamed the media for Sanusi’s crisis, saying the media persistently published the deposed emir’s utterances.

He said, “I have my opinion and the media should bear the blame. You overblew the utterances of the former emir such that he was talking.

“A large number of traditional rulers that we have don’t like to talk much. They speak less because in talking too much, you are bound to say something that will not be pleasing to some people.”

Yakasai, therefore, advised traditional rulers to continue with the tradition of talking less so as not to be misunderstood or misrepresented in their opinions.

“Everybody has to make sacrifices at one time or the other. The man who accepted to be a traditional ruler has to sacrifice to talk less. Yes, he has the right to speak but he should choose to speak less because that will be better.

“The dethronement was an unfortunate event but it has happened on many occasions before,” Yakasai said.

Sanusi to take up el-Rufai, Fayemi’s appointments

Following his deposition, sources close to Sanusi said he had decided to take up the three appointments he received from both el-Rufai and the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

Less than 48 hours after his dethronement, el-Rufai had appointed Sanusi as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University.

A statement by el-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, said the dethroned Emir succeeded the pioneer Chancellor of KASU, His Highness, Mallam Tagwai Sambo, the Chief of Moro’a in southern Kaduna.

Earlier, the Kaduna State Governor had named Sanusi as the Vice-Chairman of the Kaduna State Investment and Promotion Agency. Thus, Sanusi got two appointments from the Kaduna State Governor.

El-Rufai said the Kaduna State Government was grateful that Sanusi would support the realisation of the governance objectives of the state government.

Similarly, the Ekiti State Government said it would retain the appointment of the deposed Kano Emir as the Chancellor of the Ekiti State University.

The institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eddy Olanipekun, in a letter dated March 12, 2020 and addressed to the former emir said the university would continue to recognise Sanusi as the chancellor despite his dethronement.

The state governor, Fayemi, had appointed the deposed emir as the Chancellor of EKSU in 2019.

A source said Sanusi, who arrived in Lagos on Friday night and checked in to a popular hotel on the Island, would take up the three appointments. N.Rs culled

It was learnt that the deposed emir would move to his residence, which is also located on the Island, at a later date.

The former CBN governor, according to investigations, had been advised to also keep a low profile.

The source said, “Emir Sanusi is relaxing at a hotel on Lagos Island. He has yet to move into his house. He is going to take up the three appointments. Both el-Rufai and Fayemi are his friends. That is why he will never turn down the appointments.

“Thank God, none of the appointments is full-time. He will also not abandon his friends who have stood by him during his travail.”

It was also gathered that none of the family members of the deposed emir complained about the action of the Kano State Government.

“I think what worried them was the banishment of their father. Now that he is a free man, they are not worried anymore. What they wanted was freedom for him and they already have it.

“They are happy seeing their father, husband, uncle, cousin and breadwinner at home,’’ the source said.

Sanusi’s uncle calls for peace, unity in Kano Emirate

Meanwhile, an elder statesman in Kano and uncle to Sanusi, Alhaji Bello Isah Bayero, has advised the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, to be fair to all people irrespective of their lineage for the sustenance of peace and unity in the emirate.

Bayero in an interview with one of our correspondents said the call was necessary in order to enable the new Emir to discharge his duties effectively and with the support of all family members.

He said, “Both the former Emir and the new Emir are from the same root. So we expect nothing from the new Emir but patience with the people. If there is patience, everything will go smoothly.

“What happened in the state should be a lesson to all people as it is only God that gives power to whoever he so wishes and he takes it from whoever he so wishes.

“When the former Emir was appointed, nobody expected it and likewise when the new Emir was appointed, nobody expected it but all that happened was the will of God.

“We hope the deposed Emir will consider what happened to him as a will of God as he said in his farewell speech while the new Emir should ensure fairness to all during his reign.”

Bayero advised those who felt offended as a result of Sanusi’s dethronement to forget and forgive in order to move the Kano Emirate forward and to ensure the economic growth and development of the state.

The elder statesman urged the people of Kano State to give the new Emir all the necessary support and cooperation to ensure the success of his reign.


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My dethronement known of God – Sanusi II.


Muhammadu Sanusi II on Friday said his removal from was approved by God.

Speaking in Awe, where he led Muslim prayers, Sanusi urged Muslim faithful to always obey God. He also urged them to accept his judgement in whatever happened them.


He added that there was no way anything God had not destined would come to pass. “Nigerians should continue to pray for peace and progress of the country”, he added

According to N.Rs, Sanusi also urged Muslims to fear God in all their deeds. He reminded them that every one of them must give an account of his or her deeds hereafter.

The Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai who was in Awe to visit the dethroned Emir arrived at the palace at about 12:45 pm. They quickly went into a closed-door meeting, after which they drove straight to the mosque for Friday prayers.

There was a heavy security presence during the prayer.


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Sanusi arrives Lagos from Nasarawa after freedom.


Muhammadu Sanusi II has now put the horrors of the past five days behind him as he landed in Lagos in a private jet at 11.35pm on Friday.

It was a relieving climax for a day that began with the visit of Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Sanusi’s leading the Friday prayer in Awe and his speaking about his dethronement philosophically.

Then came the order from a Federal High Court in Abuja asking his captors to release him immediately.

Sanusi’s nightmare began on Monday, when he was suddenly dethroned as the Emir of Kano by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, for what his government called ‘insubordination’ to lawful authority.

Moments after the police and the DSS operatives stormed the palace to drive him, first by flying to Abuja and then by road on a seven hour gruelling journey to Loko, a town on the banks of Benue River in the central state of Nasarawa. They had rejected Sanusi’s appeal to let him go to Lagos.

The security agents, ignorant of the Nigerian constitution said the emir was banished to Loko, based on a colonial law. But the following day, the Emir was moved to Awe, in the same state, on the intervention of Nasarawa governor Abdullahi Sule and the Emir of Lafia, Sidi Bage.

Sanusi’s lawyers went to court on Friday and got an exparte order to free him from his abductors.

He is now in Lagos, where he attended secondary school as a youngster, graduating in 1977 and returned later to spend decades in the banking sector before his appointment as Central Bank Governor in 2009.

He became the emir in 2014.

“We’ve finally arrived in Lagos, In Shaa Allah this drama is behind us now”, tweeted Ashraf Sanusi, one of the emir’s children.

Ashraf also thanked the people of Awe for hosting his dad since Tuesday:


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Court grants interim order to release deposed Sanusi.


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted an interim order releasing the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, from house arrest.

Justice Anwuli Chikere granted the order in line with the prayers of the ex-parte motion filed on behalf of Sanusi by his lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).


Fagbemi and other Senior Advocates of Nigeria filed a lawsuit to challenge Sanusi’s banishment to Nasarawa State at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Kano State Executive Council approved Sanusi’s dethronement at a special sitting held on Monday.

Since coming on the throne, Sanusi, who rose to become governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank as a professional, has always spoken out against harmful traditions and practices in the North, often times drawing the ire of elites in the region.

He has been banished to a town named Awe in Nasarawa State where he is expected to live quietly with his family.


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Sanusi moving out of Nasarawa where he was exiled to.


Following an order of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordering the release from house arrest of deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, the ex-monarch is now on his way out of the Awe tow in Nasarawa State where he had been held up.

His exit from the community comes shortly after a visit by Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday.


Kano State Executive Council approved Sanusi’s dethronement at a special sitting held on Monday.

Since coming on the throne, Sanusi, who rose to become governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank as a professional, has always spoken out against harmful traditions and practices in the North, often times drawing the ire of elites in the region.

It is not clear yet where the former Emir of Kano is headed.


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Wole Soyinka slam Ganduje over Sanusi’s dethronement.


Playwright and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has taken a swipe at Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State over the dethronement of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.

Soyinka stated that Ganduje’s action is an ”innate travesty of justice, at a par with the repudiated colonial order and synonymous with authoritarianism of the crudest temper.”

Recounting how a governor in Ogun State almost removed a monarch before a friend pleaded with him to give it a second thought, the nobel laureate stated that the Kano State Governor does not have good friends.

Soyinka wrote in his statement;

“I was a participant, albeit on the sidelines, when a similar scenario began to unfold in my own state, Ogun some years ago. The then governor, on account of an imagined slight by one of the monarchs in his domain, was actually poised?—?not virtually but physically?—?poised to sign the dethronement and banishment order on that traditional ruler.

“His office was invaded by some of the panicked chiefs and stalwarts of Ogun state who rushed to ward off the impending order. One of them stopped at my home after the pacification session to narrate what had transpired, and how some of them had actually gone on their knees to plead with that governor to stay action. I was furious. I knew every detail of that affair, had listened to a recording of the speech that was supposed to have given this mighty offence. It was pure piffle!

“‘Why did you people plead with him? Don’t you realise you were making him feel a god? You should have let him carry on, then we would see what a cataclysm he had launched on the state!’

“The man, an independent businessman of absolute integrity, and one of that governor’s intimate circle, smiled and said, ‘No, we couldn’t do that. We are his friends. We were pleading with him to save him from himself.’

“What a pity Ganduje lacked friends who could have saved him from himself! Insofar as one can acknowledge certain valued elements in traditional institutions, the man he thinks he has humiliated has demonstrated that he is one of the greatest reformers even of the feudal order.

“That is beyond question, a position publicly manifested in both act and pronouncements. By contrast, Ganduje’s conduct, apart from the innate travesty of justice in this recent move, is on a par with the repudiated colonial order, one that out-feudalized feudalism itself, and is synonymous with authoritarianism of the crudest temper.

“The record shows, in this particular instance, that it is one that embodies modernised cronyism and alienated pomp and power – never mind the cosmetic gestures such as almajiri reformation. It has proved one of the worst examples of a system that enables even the least deserving to exercise arbitrary, unmerited authority that beggars even the despotism of the most feudalistic traditional arrangements.”

Soyinka who described Sanusi as one of the greatest reformers, recounted how he sanitized the banking sector when he was governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He also disclosed that as an Islamic scholar, Sanusi was also one of the early warning voices against religious extremism.

Recalling a conversation with the dethroned monarch during a recent visit, the playwright added;

“Sanusi had sounded much aware of the impending fall of the axe of vengefulness and power primitivism. I can testify that he remained totally unfazed.

“I do have the feeling that the palace gates of the Kano emirate are not yet definitively slammed against this Islamic scholar, royal scion and seasoned economist. It is just a feeling. Closed and bared, or merely shut however, the doors of enlightened society remain wide open to Muhammad Sanusi.”


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Group mount pressure of Govt to release exiled Sanusi.

… Deposed emir sues IG, DSS

… Evacuates 42,000 books from Kano palace

… Remain with us forever, Awe residents beg Sanusi


The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, yesterday instituted a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order for his release from detention and confinement. Also, lawyers and civil society groups have continued mounting pressure on the federal and Kano State governments to allow the dethroned emir enjoy his freedom.

In a fundamental rights enforcement application filed by his lawyers led by Lateef Fagbemi, Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi and Abubakar Mahmoud, all Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Sanusi sought for two reliefs: “An interim order releasing him from detention and/or confinement of the respondents and restoring the applicant’s rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria (apart from Kano State) pending the hearing and determination of the Applicant’s Originating Motion.” Respondents in the suit include the Inspector General of Police, the Director General, Department of State Service (DSS), Attorney General of Kano State and the Attorney General of the Federation.

The application was brought under sections 34, 35, 40, 41 and 46 of the Nigerian Constitution, and Articles 5, 6, 10, 12(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9 LFN 2010 and Order IV Rules 3 and 4 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009. The Kano State government had on Monday, March 9, dethroned Emir Sanusi II over alleged “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organised by the government without any lawful justification which amount to total insubordination.”

The 14th emir of Kano was hours after his removal banished to Nasarawa State, a development that elicited outcry from different quarters. He was subsequently replaced by Aminu Ado Bayero, the son of the 13th emir of Kano. Deposed Emir Muhammadu Sanusi’s N200m library before and after Two days after the development, the Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Ibrahim Muktar said Sanusi II was only dethroned and not banished.

“The decision of the government was the emir was removed from office and a new emir was appointed. The issue of banishment was not part of the decision of the Kano State Government,” he said. The deposed emir now lives in Awe town of Nasarawa State amid tight security by federal forces including the police and operatives of DSS.

And following an allegation of complicity by the former governor of Kano State, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidency in a statement on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari has no hand in the travails of the deposed emir. The unfolding drama climaxed yesterday with the decision of the deposed emir to drag both the federal and the Kano State governments to court.


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Why Emir Sanusi moved to Lafia from Awe in Nasarawa.


The Nasarawa state government is to provide alternative place of exile for the deposed Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II due to deplorable state of infrastructure in the remote Loko town of Nasarawa local government area of the state where he was to spend the rest of his life.

N.Rs gathered that a helicopter belonging to the governor of the state ferried Sanusi some minutes ago to Lafia the state capital amidst cheers from local residents who said they wanted him to stay with them.

His final destination is however in awe local government area, a couple of hours away from the Nasarawa state capital.


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N.Rs tv: Emir Sanusi relocated from Loko to Lafia.



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New Kano Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero moves to Royal Palace.


The 15th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero made his way into the palace late Wednesday hours after receiving his letter of appointment from Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

Hundreds of Kano residents stormed the palace to witness the Emir’s traditional entry into the palace through a carved door, a traditional symbol that seals Bayero’s installation as Emir.


Royal guards and traditional dances featured as the Emir entered the traditional Soron Shekara and then to Soron Ingila, which is the Emir’s official residence within the palace where he receives homage from members of the royal family and other traditional rulers.

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Aminu Ado Bayero made new Kano Emir after Sanusi

A graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano and a trained pilot, Bayero spent most of his life serving the Kano Emirate.


He held many traditional titled including Turaki, Sarkin Dawakin Tsakar Gida, Wambai of Kano.

He was the Emir of Bichi before his appointment as the Emir of Kano.


According to sources within the Kano Emirate, Bayero is one of the most loved Emirs after his father who united the palace during his reign as the Tsarkin Dawakin Tsakar Gida, and further extended his influence when appointed as Wambai of Kano.

In the coming days, Bayero will be fully engaged in normal traditional functions, including presiding over the meeting of the Kano council of traditional rulers.

A special Durbar festival is also scheduled to hold in honour of the Emir, as well as special prayer sessions for peace and stability in Kano.


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Peter Obi hits hard on Ganduje over Sanusi’s dethronement.

...says, it’s a reckless action from the executive


Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state, says the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano has impacted more negatively on Nigeria than on the former emir himself.

Obi who was the running mate to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 elections said Sanusi’s removal portrays Nigeria’s recklessness.


The former governor made this known via a thread of tweets on his personal Twitter handle, @PeterObi, on Wednesday, March 11.

Obi said the “recent reckless executive action in Kano” validates the fears on foreign investors regarding the “unceasing lawlessness and insecurity” in Nigeria.


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