Former CBN governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has emerged as the new Emir of Kano. Secretary to the Kano State Government, Rabiu Sulaiman confirmed this to newsmen on Sunday, just as supporters of Sanusi Ado Bayero, the son of the late Emir of Kano, who was defeated by Lamido Sanusi to emerge the emir of the ancient city, have taken to the streets to protest the rejection of their preferred candidate.
The embattled former Apex bank Governor had while in office showed deep interest in the throne, and has been in a running battle since the death of the late Emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero.
A resident of the town, Ibrahim Hamisu, had told PREMIUM TIMES, Sunday, that the protesters set up bonfires using tyres around the Emirs’ palace.
He also said another group of protesters, who were marching to the Government House, were stopped by armed soldiers and policemen who formed a barricade to stop them from getting near the seat of government.
Another resident, Bala Usman, said the protesters were also destroying all government properties in sight.
The Secretary to the Government of Kano state, Rabi’u Bichi, had earlier announced the selection of Mr. Sanusi as the new emir of Kano following his recommendation by the kingmakers and approval by Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Mr. Bichi made the brief announcement at Government House, Kano, on Sunday. He disclosed that the government chose Mr. Sanusi’s out of three candidates forwarded to him by Kano Kingmakers.
“Under state customary law, the kingmakers comprising the Madaki, Sarkin Bai, Makaman and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta had sat down and forwarded three names to the government to choose the one that will succeed the Late Emir Ado Abdullahi Bayero.
“Out of these three names the government has approved Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Dan Majen Kano, and former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, as the new emir of Kano,” the SSG said.
Recall that the Kano state Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso had declared earlier that a new Emir would be announced on Sunday to immediately take over from the late Emir, Ado Bayero. Since then, there has been tension in Kano state as security was said to have been beefed up to forestall any kind of lawless act resulting from the struggle for the throne.
Kwankwaso in his announcement yesterday said, “Insha Allah, by tomorrow those who are responsible to announce the new Emir will do so,”
He however declined to mention names of the contenders for the royal throne presented to him by the four kingmakers – Madakin Kano, Alhaji Yusuf Nabahani; Sarkin Bai, Alhaji Muktari Adnan; Sarkin Dawaki mai tuta, Alhaji Bello Abubakar; and Makaman Kano, Alhaji Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim.
However, a ‘bird in the know’ told DailyPost yesterday that the major contenders for the Emir’s role were his first son, Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero; a former journalist who graduated from Bayero University, Kano, and former pilot with the defunct Kabo Air, Aminu Ado Bayero; and the Turakin Kano, Nasiru Ado Bayero.
As the final announcement drew close, the Kano Emirate Council Sunday morning recommended the former CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the first son of the late Emir of Kano, Ciroman Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero, who was considered the more popular choice.
But having considered the pressure mounted on the Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso by the chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had converged in Kano since Friday to lobby for Sanusi, his emergence became possible.
Sanusi is the grandson of the 11th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi and was turbaned the Giwar Dan Majen Kano in 2013.