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  • Updated: May 24, 2024

How political dispute sacked Emir Sanusi Lamido, returned former CBN boss after 4 years

How political dispute sacked Emir Sanusi Lamido, returned fo

By June 8, 2014, Lamido Sanusi, a grandson of former Emir Muhammadu Sanusi I, and holder of the traditional title of Dan Majen Kano (son of Emir-Maje), had emerged the new Emir of Kano and he was crowned on June 9, 2014.

He was appointed emir by former governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso less than four months after his removal as the Central Bank of Nigeria governor by then President, Goodluck Jonathan.

However, a long-running political dispute in Kano State between Sanusi Lamido II and the successor of Kwankwaso, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje had led to his removal as the Emir of Kano four years ago.

The rift between Emir Sanusi Lamido II and then Kano State government, led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, started in 2017 when the Emir, a respected economist who previously served as CBN Governor, raised concerns about the state government's handling of public finances. 

But, Governor Ganduje's administration accused Emir Sanusi of exceeding his authority and making unproved allegations of mismanagement and corruption.

In response, the Kano State government created four new emirates in 2019, that is the Bichi, Gaya, Rano, Karaye and Kano, reducing the power that traditionally concentrated in the Kano Emirate. 

Sanusi challenged this decision in court, arguing it was politically motivated and designed to weaken his position as the emir but a Kano State High Court ruled that the emirate councils were legally created in March 2020.

In March 2020, the state government removed Sanusi from his role as the Emir of Kano, alleging insubordination and a lack of respect towards the governor and other officials. 

Additionally, Sanusi faced accusations of corruption and was investigated. Despite denying these allegations and contesting his removal in court, his attempts to reverse the decision were unsuccessful.

Afterwards, he was replaced as the Emir with Aminu Ado Bayero, the son of his predecessor, Emir Ado Bayero.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, during his campaign promised to reinstate Muhammadu Sanusi as the Emir of Kano by restoring the "lost glory" of the Kano Emirate.

Staying truth to his promise, Governor Yusuf on Thursday re-appointed Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano after the House of Assembly had passed the emirates council law, repeal bill 2024 after it scaled 3rd reading.

The Governor in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Sanusi Bature, issued 48 hours to Aminu Ado Bayero and four other former first class chiefs to vacate the palace.

He also tasked them to hand over all emirates property to the office of the deputy Governor.

While signing into law, the governor expressed satisfaction that the new law will bring unity to the people of Kano and foster sustainable socio-economic development.

He emphasized that the signing of the bill symbolizes the restoration of the revered legacy of the Kano emirate, which has withstood the test of time of over a thousand years.

Furthermore, the governor urged the populace in the state to continue supporting his administration in delivering a multitude of infrastructural advancements that will propel Kano to greater heights.

However, A Federal High Court in Kano on Thursday night issued an order stopping the Kano State Government from enforcing the Kano State Emirate Council Repeal Law.

Justice Mohammed Liman granted the order in an application by Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan Agundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba of the Kano Emirate.

Born July 31, 1961, Sanusi has long been a prominent figure in the nation’s socio-political and economic landscape.

Before ascending the throne, Sanusi had a distinguished career in banking, culminating in his appointment as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2009.

Sanusi is also the spiritual leader of the Tijanniyah Sufi order of Nigeria. 

But reacting in a statement issued and sent to allnews.ng, an All Progressives Congress, APC, senatorial candidate in the last election for Benue South, Com. Daniel Onjeh, condemned the way the emir’s traditional stool was politicized, leading to the sack of the former CBN governor. 

He argued that the reinstatement of Sanusi Lamido was an indication of a delayed but not a denied justice. 

According to Onjeh, the control which the various state governments have over traditional rulers in their respective states is for supervisory purposes, and not for vindictiveness. 

“Indeed, the control of state governments over their tradition institutions is also to provide checks and balances, so that erring traditional rulers can be called to order or be disciplined accordingly. So when traditional rulers have done something wrong, it will be clear to the members of the society that they have done something wrong and deserve to be reprimanded. Such control must not include when a traditional ruler is expressing his honest opinion on what Nigeria ought to be, or what his society needs to be like,” stated Onjeh. 

Comrade Onjeh, who is a former fiery student activist and one-time President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), further stated that the case of Emir Sanusi’s sack and subsequent reinstatement is a clear proof that no matter how long justice is suppressed, it will certainly prevail in the end. He added that it is a good lesson to all authorities who make arbitrary laws that they intend to wield as the big stick against dissenting voices. 

“What has just happened in the case of Emir Sanusi is very good for our democracy, because it has further established that any anti-people law enacted by a previous parliament, can be upturned by a succeeding one,” stated Onjeh. 

Onjeh stated further that Emir Sanusi’s reinstatement was a huge lesson for all state governors who may wish to create laws for their selfish interests, or as a leeway to settle political scores.

 

 

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