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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;


Reno Omokri attacks Sanusi again – says he only has 1 trait different from Buhari’s.

else, they are the same.

Reno Omokri has launched another stinging attack on former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

Reno has launched serious attacks on the personality of the former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor since his removal as the Emir of Kano.

Recall with NobleReporters that some days ago, Reno described the former monarch as liar.

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Reno Omokri mocks Emir Sanusi after his dethronement

In a new post, Reno has described the former CBN boss as the educated version of President Muhammadu Buhari, who he described as a religious bigot and nepotistic individual.


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.


I am not part of Sanusi’s dethronement – AGF, Malami.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Sunday, denied any involvement in the dethronement, banishment and detention of the dethroned Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi.

NobleReporters exclusively leanrt that Sanusi in his suit challenging his banishment from Kano State and detention in Awe, Nasarawa State, named Malami and the Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar, as the ones who instructed the police and the Department of State Services to arrest and detain him after his dethronement.

Both Malami and Muktar are joined along with the Inspector-General Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Director General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, as codefendants.

Reacting in a short statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, on Sunday, Malami said he “was not in any way connected with the dethronement of the former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II and his subsequent banishment to Nassarawa State.”

He added, “The issue of who does what over the dethronement saga has been effectively submitted for judicial determination. The matter is consequently sub judice.

“Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice will not comment one way or the other over a matter that is pending before the court.”

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, on March 9, deposed Sanusi because of what the state government called “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state government.”

The dethroned monarch was banished to Loko, a remote location in Nasarawa State.

On Tuesday, he was relocated to Awe, where he was detained in a guest house up till when Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his release on Friday.

The judge gave the interim order following an ex parte application moved by Sanusi’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN)

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Justice Chikere also directed that the order she issued on Friday should be served alongside the main suit on all the four defendants.

It is expected that Malami and the other defendants would react to the allegations levelled against them in the suit.

The judge fixed March 26 for hearing.


Sanusi reveal how Police, DSS manhandled him.

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has opened up on how he was allegedly manhandled by security agents from the police, DSS and others in their effort to force him out the Emir palace and banish him to Nasarawa state after his dethronement by the Kano state government.

The former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria who insisted that he wasn’t given a fair hearing before being dethroned in the lawsuit he filed on Thursday March 12 to challenge his detention and confinement in Awe, said that he was harassed and forced out of the palace without being allowed to pick up his personal belongings.

The deposed Emir accused the Kano State Commissioner of Police of putting out an order for him to be flown to Abuja without his family members in another aircraft.

Sanusi’s Chief of Staff, Da Buram Kano said in an affidavit attached to the lawsuit;

“I verily believe the state government purportedly removed the applicant from office as the Emir Kano on March 9, 2020 without any basis or justification whatsoever and was not given any hearing on any allegation on which his removal was predicated.

“The applicant is however, not challenging his removal as Emir of Kano in this suit.”

“Sanusi’s forcible relocation from the Palace of the Emir of Kano to Abuja, and later Nasarawa State, he has not been able to meet or unite with his wives, children, relatives and friends and that his rights have been severely curtailed.

“I know for a fact that the CP refused the applicant’s requests for protection and to carry his family with him to Lagos and stated that he had no such instructions from above, but instead directed that the applicant be flown to Abuja and then taken to Nasarawa State.

“In order not to jeopardise his safety or the safety of any member of his family or indeed other persons around, the applicant cooperated and proceeded in the vehicles provided by officers under the command of the respondents.

“They said the Commissioner of Police, along with other officers under the command of the respondents, harassed and rushed the applicant out of the Emir Palace, Kano, without letting him take any personal belongings and personal effects, along with him as they took him into their waiting vehicles.

“The applicant was then taken in company with loads of armed men, being officers under the command of the respondents, to the Nigerian, Air Force Base in Kano where he was put in a private aircraft to Abuja and departed Kano at about 6.40pm.

“The applicant was separated from his family who were also carried out of the palace.

“Upon arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, he was conveyed first to Lafia, then to Loko area of Nasarawa State, after being driven for about seven hours in the dead of the night.

“On March 10, 2020, he was taken back to Lafia and from there to Awe in Nasarawa State.

“That the applicant is personally being detained in Nasarawa State by agents of the first and second respondents (IG and DG of the DSS), purporting to carry out the orders of the third and fourth respondents (Muktar and Malami).

“Sanusi has not been alleged to be a threat to peace and security but rather cooperated with the officers under the command of the respondents, and has since his travails under the hand of the officers under the command of the respondents issued public statement of peace for order, for reconciliation, for cooperation with the new Emir and the avoidance of any security breach or conflict.”

Sanusi also asked the court to order the respondents to pay him N50m as damages for the unlawful and unconstitutional arrest and detention, and also publish an unreserved written apology in at least three national dailies for a breach of his fundamental human rights.

The dethroned monarch also sought for a restraining order against the respondents and their agents from banishing him from Kano or any other place of his choice, which according to him will be a violation of his fundamental right to reside in any part of Nigeria.

Recall that Justice Anwuili Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the immediate release of dethroned Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from confinement/detention in Awe community in Nasarawa state on Friday March 13. The case was subsequently adjourned to March 26 for further hearing.

The respondents to the application are, the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu; the Director General of the Department of State Service, Yusuf Bichi; the Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN.


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.


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:


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.


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.


12 SANs move Sanusi’s battle for freedom

…Ex-Kano Emir sues IG, DSS boss, fights to leave detention

…Soyinka hits Ganduje

…Nasarawa gov, emirs, security chiefs meet deposed monarch

The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, on Thursday instituted a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order for his release from the post-dethronement detention and confinement.

NobleReporters learnt early on Friday that former Emir’s preliminary ex parte application seeking an interim order for his release had been assigned to Justice Anwuli Chikere.

Barring any last-minute development, the judge will hear the ex parte application on Friday, our correspondent learnt.

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Monday deposed Sanusi because of what the state government called “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state government.”

On Monday, the dethroned monarch was banished to Loko, a remote location in Nasarawa State. On Tuesday, he was relocated to Awe, where he is currently being detained in a guest house.

But Sanusi’s team of lawyers led by Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) on Thursday filed a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/357/2020 before the Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge his banishment and continued detention in Awe by security agencies.

The respondents to the application are, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi; the Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN).

In the application, which is a prelude to the main suit, the deposed monarch specifically prayed for an interim order for the restoration of his rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association, and movement around Nigeria, apart from Kano State, pending the hearing and determination of his main suit.

“An interim order of this honourable court releasing the applicant from the 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 summons,” the prayer read in part.

Alleging a breach of their client’s rights provided under sections 34,35, 40, 41 and 46 of the Nigerian Constitution, Sanusi’s legal team comprising 12 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, contended, “the applicant’s fundamental right to life, human dignity, personal liberty and movement are seriously under challenge and continually being breached by the respondents.”

The battery of SANs comprises, Fagbemi; Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi; a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abubakar Mahmoud; Adeniyi Akintola, the incumbent NBA President, Paul Usoro; Ifedayo Adedipe, Dr. Garba Tetengi, Suraj Sa’eda, Funke Aboyade, Nesser Dangiri, Ernest Ojukwu, and H.O. Afolabi.

In addition to the interim order, the lawyers sought an order granting leave to the applicant to serve the order to be issued by the court and the main suit on the four respondents through substituted means.

He prayed for an order permitting him to deliver the processes meant for the IGP to any officer in his office at the police headquarters at Louis Edet House, Garki, Abuja, the ones for the DG DSS to any officer at the DSS headquarters at Aso Drive in Abuja, the ones for the AG of Kano State to any officer at state’s Ministry of Justice, Audu Bako Secretariat, Kano, and the ones for the AGF to any officer at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja.

His grounds for the application are, “The applicant’s originating motion and all other processes were filed on March 12, 2020.

“Considering the status of the respondents, it would be difficult to effect personal service on the first second and third respondents (IGP, DG of DSS), unless this application is granted.

“First, second and third respondents will have knowledge of the originating motion for the enforcement of the applicant’s fundamental right, if they are served by substituted means as stated on the motion paper.

“There is an urgent need to grant this application so that service can be promptly effected on the first, second and third respondents.

“Applicant’s fundamental rights to life, human dignity, personal liberty and movement are seriously under challenge and continually being breached by the respondents.”

Nasarawa Gov, Emirs visit Sanusi in Awe

There were reports earlier on Thursday that the deposed monarch had left Awe for Lagos. But an aide of Sanusi and one of his lawyers, who confided in The PUNCH, said the deposed monarch was still in Awe.

One of our correspondents reported that the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule and some traditional rulers in the state met with Sanusi on Thursday evening in Awe.

The governor, who arrived at 5pm with the Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Dauda Bage, met with the former Kano monarch.

Our correspondent gathered that the governor alongside Bage and the Emir of Awe, Alhaji Isa Umar II, spent about one hour with Sanusi. The visitors were said to have left Sanusi’s residence by 6:15 pm. An aide to the governor confirmed the visit to the media

Some of the security chiefs in the governor’s convoy were the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bola Longe; representatives of 177 Guard Battalion from Shittu Alao Barracks, Keffi; the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Some family members of deposed monarch also visited him.

There were reports earlier on Thursday that the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, would visit the deposed monarch in Awe after a meeting of the power sector reform committee in Abuja.

But an aide to the governor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said El-Rufai did not go to Awe again. “He did not go there because the meeting (power sector reform committee meeting) did not end on time.”

UNIZIK defers award for dethroned Sanusi

In a related development, the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, on Thursday deferred the award of a doctorate earlier approved for the deposed Emir of Kano.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Charles Esimone, announced the deferment of the award during the 14th convocation ceremony of the university. Esimone said the deferment was due to prevailing circumstances in the country.

Soyinka hits Ganduje, says Sanusi a reformer

Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, on Thursday berated Ganduje, saying he lacked friends who could have prevailed on him to save himself before dethroning and banishing Sanusi.

The playwright stated this in a statement titled, “For whom the gates open wide’ following Monday’s dethronement of Sanusi and his banishment to Nasarawa State by the state government.

The Nobel laureate described Sanusi as one of the greatest reformers of the feudal order.

Soyinka recalled a similar scenario which he said nearly played out in his home state, Ogun, some years ago, when a governor wanted to dethrone and banish a monarch before his (the governor’s) friends keenly appealed to him to reconsider the action.

He said, “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.’’

The social critic further said these were depressing times–stemming from different factors of course–for a large sector of the nation.

“Insecurity, economy in a coma, a leadership in name only, having vanished into ether, permanently AWOL in a time of serial crisis. No wonder mimic and debased forms of leadership assertiveness rush in to fill the vacuum! The latest in the stakes of such power appropriation makes one wonder which is the more reactionary order: the so-called feudal institution, or the self-vaunting modernised governance whose apex can bring the feudal to heel quite arbitrarily, without check and without seeming consequence. To rub pepper in the wound, the protagonist of that “progressive” order enjoys near-absolute immunity, thus, even when it has disgraced its status and violated its oath of office, caught literally with its pants down in open defecation, it can still pretend to act in the interest of progress, modernity and public well being. Such are the ironies raised by the purported dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, with one stroke of a pen!,’’ he said.

Describing Sanusi as a one-man EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) sanitisations squad in the banking system taking on the powerful corrupters of that institution, Soyinka stated that he trod on the interests of powerful beneficiaries of a worm-infested sector and, in the process, created permanent enemies.

He added that Sanusi sounded much aware of the impending fall of the axe of vengefulness and power primitivism when they spoke via phone in London during his visit.

He stated that though uncertain, he had a feeling that the palace gates of the Kano emirate were not yet definitively slammed against Sanusi.

Soyinka said, “It is just a feeling. Closed and bared, or merely shut however, the doors of enlightened society remains wide open to Muhammadu Sanusi. As for his current crowing nemesis, a different kind of gates remain yawning to receive him when, as must, the days of governorship immunity finally come to an end.”


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.


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


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.


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.


Sanusi officially accept Chancellor post in KASU.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai says the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has accepted the appointments offered him by the Kaduna state government, NobleReporters reports.

The newspaper reports that Sanusi’s acceptance of the appointments was contained in a statement signed by Muyiwa Adekeye who is the media aide to Governor El-Rufai on Wednesday, March 11.

Governor El-Rufai expressed gratitude to the former emir for continuing to support and assist the realisation of the governance objectives of the Kaduna government.


Apostle suleman react to Emir Sanusi’s dethronement.

says, it’s not criminality to disobey the Governor

Apostle Johnson Suleman has reacted to the dethronement and banishment of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Recall Emir Sanusi’s removal was confirmed on Monday March 9 by Secretary to Kano State Government, Usman Alhaji who alleged that he (Sanusi) disrespected the lawful instructions from the office of the Governor and lawful authorities. The Kano monarch was also accused of persistently refusing to attend official meetings and programmes organized by the government without any lawful justification.

Following the removal of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor Ganduje appointed one of the sons of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, Aminu Ado Bayero as the 15th Fulani Emir of the state.

Reacting to the development, Apostle Johnson Suleman stated that disrespecting a Governor is not a criminal offence. The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries who however admitted that a Governor has the right to depose a traditional ruler, stated that a Governor does not have the right to detain anyone who has not committed an offence.

Suleman tweeted;

I can understand the dethronment of the former emir of kano.what I dont understand is the detention.over what?a governor has right to depose a traditional ruler but has no right to detain anyone who has not committed an offence.disrespecting a governor is not a criminal offence.


Buhari, brain behind Sanusi’s dethronement – Kwankwaso claims.

Former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has said Muhammadu Sanusi 11 was dethroned as Emir of Kano based on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kwankwaso, a former presidential aspirant on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made the statement on Wednesday morning.

Kwankwaso stated that “the governor of Kano himself has been saying that he has been given the order to remove Sanusi.”

The Presidency has not spoken on the sack of Sanusi since the former Emir of Kano was deposed by the Kano State Government on Monday.

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Buhari not involved in Sanusi’s dethronement – Presidency

President Buhari had also earlier stated that he will not interfere in the rift between the Emir and his State Government.

Buhari noted that he will be overstepping his bounds, constitutionally, if he gets involved in the dispute between the monarch and Ganduje but Kwankwaso on Wednesday alleged that the President has been intervening in the affairs of Kano State.

“President Buhari is getting involved in the affairs of Kano state,” Kwankwaso said.

N.Rs, however, noted that Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso did not provide any evidence to back his claim of the involvement of the President in the removal of the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria as Emir.

Kwankwaso, under whose tenure Sanusi was installed as the Emir in 2014, also claimed that the people of Kano were saddened by the deposition of the Emir.

He described Muhammadu Sanusi as an “honorable king and a man of the world.”


Gov. El-Rufai name Dethroned Emir Sanusi ‘KASU Chancellor’

Barely 24 hours after appointing the deposed Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II into the board of the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA), Governor Nasir El-Rufai has again named the former Kano Emir as the Chancellor of Kaduna State University (KASU).

Sanusi, according to a statement by Special Adviser to El-Rufai on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, succeeded the pioneer Chancellor, Malam Tagwai Sambo, the Chief of Moro’a, who was appointed to the role in 2005.

“On behalf of the government and people of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai is delighted to appoint His Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University. In public life, His Highness has demonstrated a strong commitment to education,” the statement reads.

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“The Kaduna State Government has no doubt that as Chancellor, His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi, would provide symbolic and substantive leadership in raising the profile of KASU as an emerging centre of learning on the national and global level.

“This appointment of the new chancellor comes at an exciting moment for KASU which is transiting to a multicampus structure with presence across the state.

“HH Muhammadu Sanusi II replaces the pioneer Chancellor, HH Malam Tagwai Sambo, the Chief of Moro’a, who has served in that role since 2005. Governor El-Rufai has conveyed the profound appreciation of the government to HH Malam Tagwai Sambo for the long years of distinguished service to KASU and the state.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai welcomes with gratitude the consent of His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi to serve as Chancellor of KASU and as Vice-Chairman of the board of KADIPA.

“The Kaduna State Government is grateful that HH Muhammadu Sanusi II continues to support and assist the realisation of the governance objectives of the Kaduna State Government.”


Buhari meets with Nasarawa governor, sule abdullahi.

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, on Wednesday met in Abuja.

The brief meeting, which held at the President’s office, was before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Sule came to the Presidential Villa about 10 am.

Though no official reason was given for his visit, it may not be unconnected with the dethroned former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, banished to his state on Monday by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.

The Kaduna State Government had on Tuesday appointed the deposed Emir of Kano, into the board of the state’s Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA) about 24 hours after his removal.

A statement from the Governor’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adekeye, on Tuesday, said that “the appointment is part of the reconstitution of the board of KADIPA, which is statutorily chaired by the Deputy Governor, and has as internal members, other senior officials of the Kaduna State Government.”

The statement added that “Kaduna State hopes to benefit from the profile, experience, intellect and networks of His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi, who before becoming Emir, had built a solid reputation in global financial circles.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai said that Kaduna State is honoured to be able to call on the services of a man of such calibre to drive its development,” the statement added in parts.


Buhari knows nothing about Sanusi’s dethronement – Garba Shehu.

The Presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari had no hand in the dethronement of former Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement on Wednesday that all such insinuations are “untrue, malicious and politically motivated.”

Shehu added: “The President does not have a history of intervening in the affairs of any state in the country unless the issue at hand is of national consequence. On such matters which impinge on national security, he has a duty of involvement as the law stipulates.

“As outlined in the Constitution, the appointment or removal of emirs and other traditional leaders is strictly within the jurisdiction of state governments. It is unfair and disingenuous of opposition politicians to try to link the situation in Kano State to the Federal Government and the Nigerian president.

“Although a retired general and former Military Head of State, President Buhari clearly understands that under the current democratic dispensation, the government at the centre cannot read instructions or twist the arms of all or any of the 36 state governments making up the federation. They all have their powers specified under the Constitution.

“President Buhari commends the people of Kano for keeping calm in the past few days of the dethronement announcement.

“He prays that the will of Allah will be done at all times and that the emirate/state and its people continue to experience progress irrespective of who is on the throne.”


Emir Sanusi seek to reunite with family.

lawyers suing to call off detention

Lawyers for the dethroned emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, one of Nigeria’s most influential Muslim and traditional leaders, have demanded he be released from detention.

“We call on the authorities, in particular the inspector general, the director general of Department State Services and attorney general of the federation and minister of justice to ensure the immediate release of HH Muhammadu Sanusi II so that he can be reunited with his family,” the lawyers’ statement, signed by Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, said.

The lawyers said they considered the dismissal of the emir by the authorities in the northern state of Kano on Monday to be illegal and unconstitutional.

Mr Sanusi himself, who was deposed for “insubordination”, had said in a video message that he accepts it as the will of God.

But he is challenging his detention in a “remote part” of the central state of Nasarawa.

“We understand the choice of location to detain HH Muhammadu Sanusi II was intended to cause maximum trauma and distress.This again is illegal and unconstitutional,” his lawyers said.

After his dismissal, the lawyers said Mr Sanusi had asked to go to the southern city of Lagos, where he had organised for his family to go, but the authorities refused to let him do so.

The lawyers are also challenging a tradition that expects Mr Sansui to live in exile outside the emirate of Kano for the rest of his life.

“The archaic practice of banishment of deposed emirs, a colonial practice has no basis under Nigerian law or the constitution.We are totally perplexed at the resort to this practice in present day Nigeria by its political leaders,” their statement said.

“We are directed to take legal action to challenge the legality of the emir’s detention and banishment.”

Mr Sanusi was Nigeria’s central bank chief before he became the emir of Kano in the mainly Muslim north.

He was seen as a reformist and had been critical of some government policies – a stance that frequently put him at loggerheads with ruling politicians.