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Dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, Speaks from Exile



The dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, says he accepts his removal as the will of Allah (God).

He said this in a video recorded shortly before he was taken away from the palace on Monday.


In the viral video, Sanusi was seen addressing his supporters in Hausa that his removal was best for him, according to God’s plan.

The former Governor of Central Bank said there was no reason to be sad over his removal.


He said, “With almost six years on this throne and (in charge of) our heritage. Today (Monday), the Almighty Allah, who gave me the leadership, has destined to take it back.

“As I always say, leadership has predetermined tenure, the days Allah destined are numbered. When the days come to an end one must leave.


“We have accepted whatever Allah decides. We have agreed. We appreciate (God). We are happy and we know it is what is best for us.”

He subsequently appealed to those displeased by the decision to support the new Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.


“We enjoin everyone to remain peaceful. We have directed our family, our children and those that support us that whoever gets it and is endorsed by the people they should pay allegiance to him.

“They should follow him (the new emir). They should guard his honour and dignity because that is also the honour and dignity of this palace,” he added.


Using his grandfather’s sobriquet, Sanusi expressed pride in his leadership style during his reign as the Emir.

“It is a thing of pride that made us rule and end in the same fashion as Halifa,” he added.


He thanked Kano people and titleholders, palace officials and friends for their support during his reign.

The dethroned emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll was been banished Loko village in Nasarawa State.


The Kano State Executive Council had on Monday summoned an emergency meeting to depose the emir for alleged violation of culture and traditions of the state.

The emir, accompanied by a few personal aides and some officials of Kano State Government, arrived at the police wing of Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on Monday evening. embarked on road journey to the village, where he would be kept on house arrest.


Yesterday, he embarked on road journey to the village, where he would be kept on house arrest.

Recall that hours after Mr Sanusi’s removal, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje approved the appointment of Aminu Ado Bayero as the new emir.


Announcing the new emir at the government house on Monday, in the presence of the four kingmakers, the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji, said the appointment was after the state Executive Council resolution.

The SSG said: “Following the resolution of the state executive Council at its emergency council meeting, I have been directed by his Excellency, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, based on the provision of section 11 (1) of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019. Based on the recommendation of the executive council.


“I hereby announcing Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, the former emir of Bichi as the new emir of Kano.”

Sanusi was selected to succeed his granduncle, Ado Bayero, as the Emir of Kano on 8 June 2014. His appointment was controversial, with some believing that it was a politically-motivated move to avoid fraud charges from his tenure at the central bank. Many expected Bayero’s son to succeed him as emir, and protested Sanusi’s appointment.


 He was crowned Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II on 9 June 2014, the 14th Emir of Kano and leader of the TijaniyyaSufi order, the second-most-important Muslim position in Nigeria after the Sultan of Sokoto, leader of the larger QadiriyyaSufi order.

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