The Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado has described the death of Makaman Karaye and District head of Madobi Alhaji Musa Saleh Kwankwaso as a great loss to not only Kano Emirate but entire Nigeria’s Traditional institutions.
In a statement from the Kano Emirate council, the Monarch said Alhaji Musa Saleh will surely be remembered for his unrelenting support and contributions to Kano’s traditional institution.
Indeed we have lost one of our own who was recently elevated to the position of Kingmakers, we shall always remember and honoured his immense wisdom and competence as a traditional ruler, as well as for his perseverance and foresight.”
“On behalf of myself my family, all the five Emirates in Kano which I happen to be the Chairman, I commiserate with former Kano State Gov. Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the government and people of Kano State(especially Madobi L.G. where the departed king maker presided over with commitment and dedication for decades, and the Emir of Karaye.”
The Emir said that The late Makama, who personified the dignity and finesses, is a devout Muslim. He left us great lessons as a very strong symbol of godliness, tolerance, justice, honesty, and service to our dear state.
“Indeed, we are particularly pained that he left us at a time like this when his wealth of experience, valuable fatherly advice, and guidance are needed the most,” the statement added.
He however said that it was gratifying that he has left behind towering legacies for posterity which should serve as comforting to us all.
He prayed that the Almighty Allah would receive the late Makama’s great soul and grant him Aljannah Firdausi and his family, Karaye Emirate, and the people of his domain the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
He said the first-class monarch spoke on the need for a united Nigeria and called on all citizens to eschew violence and tow the path of peace.
Flash: the Emir of Kano, His Eminence, Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero is in Lagos House on a courtesy visit to the Governor of Lagos State @jidesanwoolu. The Royal Father spoke on the need for a united Nigeria, calling on all citizens to eschew violence and tow the path of peace. pic.twitter.com/8q73NdVr4T
Following the sighting of the moon for the month of Ramadan and its announcement by the Sultan of Sokoto, the Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has called for special prayers for an end to COVID-19.
The Emir on Friday urged residents to use the Holy Month to seek God’s intervention over the pandemic.
He also asked Kano residents to comply with the directives of the apex religious body of the Sultan’s Palace to commence the compulsory fasting for the month of Ramadan.
“God Almighty listens and hears every request we make. In this difficult situation, I urge the people of Kano State to join me in praying for an end to this pandemic, for it to be kicked out of our state and Nigeria in general.
“We must observe all the necessary personal hygiene, adhere to advice by medical experts, stay at home, and more importantly pray hard. God will surely see us through,” he said.
The Emir further urged the government to continue to intensify efforts in assisting the less privileged and needy, especially during these difficult times.
Stressing further, Mr Malami said that the dethronement saga has been effectively submitted for judicial determination. The matter is consequently sub judice.
Sanusi who was deposed as Emir by the Kano State government, said recently that he is moving on and he could have easily gone to court to challenge his dethronement letter, but doesn’t want the throne back.
On Monday, Sanusi was dethroned as Emir by the Kano state government, which accused him of insubordination.
The former Emir had approached by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and got an interim order seeking his release from detention in Nasarawa.
Deposed Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to enforce his fundamental rights.
Sanusi, who was deposed as Emir by the Kano State government last Monday was taken to Awe in Nasarawa State where he is said to have been in confinement.
The former Emir is seeking an interim order of the court directing his immediate release from detention.
He prayed the court to order his release from “the detention and or confinement of the respondents and to restore his 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.”
Cited as respondents in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/357/2020, are the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of State Service, the Attorney-General of Kano State and the Attorney-General of the Federation.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a complaint to the United Nations Working Group over what they described as “the arbitrary detention and degrading treatment of deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi (II), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.”
This was revealed in a statement signed on Thursday by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare.
In the complaint dated March 11, 2020, and addressed to Mr José Guevara Bermúdez Chairman/Rapporteur of the Working Group, SERAP said the continued detention of Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is a violation of his human rights.
“The Nigerian and Kano State authorities have violated the following rights under the Nigerian Constitution, 1999 (as amended) and international law in continuing to detain Emir Sanusi: the right to be free from arbitrary detention; the right to freedom of movement; and the right to due process of law.
“The detention of Emir Sanusi constitutes an arbitrary deprivation of his liberty because it does not have any legal justification. The detention also does not meet minimum international standards of due process,” the statement read in part.
SERAP then called on UN Working Group to “initiate a procedure involving the investigation of Emir Sanusi’s case, and urgently send an allegation letter to the Nigerian and Kano State authorities inquiring about the case generally, and specifically about the legal basis for his arrest, detention, and degrading treatment, each of which is in violation of international law.”
SERAP asked the group to issue an opinion declaring that Emir Sanusi’s deprivation of liberty and detention is arbitrary and in violation of Nigeria’s Constitution and obligations under international law.
They also urged the Working Group to call for Emir Sanusi’s immediate release.
SERAP also called on the UN to request the Nigerian and Kano State authorities to award Emir Sanusi adequate compensation for the violations he has endured as a result of his unlawful arrest, arbitrary detention, and degrading treatment.
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.
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.
The Kaduna State Government has appointed deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, into the board of the state 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.
According to the statement, Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, will chair the board, while His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II will be Vice-Chairman.
Other members of the board include Malam Balarabe Abbas Lawal, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Jimi Lawal, Senior Adviser and Counsellor and Aisha Dikko, the Attorney General of Kaduna State.
The KADIPA board also includes the Head of Service, Hajiya Bariatu Yusuf Mohammed, Commissioner of Business, Innovation and Technology, Idris Nyam, Commissioner of Housing and Urban Development, Fausat Ibikunle and Commissioner, Planning and Budget Commission, Thomas Gyang.
Other board members are the Director-General of Kaduna Geographic Information System (KADGIS), Altine Jibrin, Muhammad Hafiz Bayero, the Managing Director of Kaduna Market Development and Management Company, Farida Dankaka and Umma Aboki, the Executive Secretary of KADIPA.
“The Governor also said that he is confident that the new board, which contains the most senior officers of the state will further propel KADIPA to greater success in attracting investments to Kaduna State,” the statement read in part.
It also disclosed that the government carefully chose the external members to further reinforce the investment credentials of the state.
“El-Rufai has expressed his gratitude to members of the reconstituted board of KADIPA for agreeing to serve”.
The founder of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Atedo Peterside, has rejected an invitation by the Central Bank of Nigeria, to be a panellist at the apex bank’s Consultative Roundtable Session scheduled to hold on Wednesday.
Mr Peterside, in a letter sent to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, said his decision is due to the removal of Muhammad Sanusi II as Emir of Kano, and his eventual exile to Nasarawa State.
Sanusi had been deposed by the Kano State government on Monday on the allegation that he consistently refused to abide by instructions given to him.
The decision split opinions with many blasting the government for it, while others argued that the government was within its rights.
Peterside, who described Sanusi’s removal and exile as “disturbing news”, believes that boycotting the roundtable is the correct thing to do under the circumstances.
“I have decided to stay away from your Consultative Roundtable and to instead use the opportunity of this letter to draw the attention of a wider audience to my displeasure with the events of yesterday,” he said.
“Please forgive me because I am in no mood to immediately pretend as if all is well by proceeding with business as usual.”
For him, the action of the Kano State government “confirmed what can go wrong when those in authority pay lip service to the Nigerian Constitution and then proceed to violate the fundamental freedoms that it guarantees each individual because they prefer to cling to practices like exile which they learnt from colonial masters and the military”.
“These practices have no place in a democratic dispensation,” he wrote.
Although he is boycotting the roundtable session, he used his letter to make some observations about the theme which is “Going for growth” and faulted what he described as policy inconsistencies by the Central Bank.
According to him, Rapid growth is only achieved on the back of significant investment activity.
“Going for growth should, therefore, be a holistic concept that embraces the sum total of actions and activities that we need to encourage in order to boost investor confidence, including respect of individual freedoms and the rule of law,” he said.
“Sadly, yesterday’s events have turned back the clock at a time when our economy is at a precipice and when we need to tell ourselves some home truths and speak truth to power in a constructive manner.”
Concerning policy inconsistencies, Peterside accused the CBN of continuing to “seek to defy the odds by simultaneously pursuing a low domestic interest rate regime which clearly cannot coexist with high inflation and naira exchange rate stability in the face of collapsed/collapsing oil prices and an insatiable and uncontrolled appetite for foreign currency loans”.
“This unsustainable policy mix has spooked investors (local and foreign), thereby making it increasingly likely that the Nigerian economy slides back into a recession, unless you quickly embark on some course correction,” he added.
Read his full response to the invite below:
I received an Invitation, at short notice, to be a panelist at a CBN Consultative Roundtable Session taking place in Abuja tomorrow. Whilst thanking you for the Invitation, I believe the correct thing for me to do is to respectfully decline to participate.
It is true that I am currently out of the country, but it is also true that I could have reorganised my activities and flown into Abuja in time to join you tomorrow morning. My refusal to join you has more to do with the monumental events that took place yesterday viz the removal of the Emir of Kano from office and the release of information that purportedly seeks to exile him and restrict his movements or confine them to a little known enclave in Nassarawa State.
My wife and I were invited to the Commonwealth Service that held in Westminster Abbey in London yesterday and so we witnessed a colourful ceremony which included speeches by a variety of personalities, including Anthony Joshua, the Nigerian-British heavyweight boxing champion. Anthony Joshua and other speakers yesterday reminded us eloquently about what can go right when we embrace the forces of modernity whilst recognising and upholding our proud cultural heritage. At the exact same time, I was distracted by disturbing news from Kano yesterday which confirmed what can go wrong, when those in authority pay lip service to the Nigerian Constitution and then proceed to violate the fundamental freedoms that it guarantees each individual because they prefer to cling to practices like exile which they learnt from colonial masters and the military. These practices have no place in a democratic dispensation.
The theme for your Roundtable Session is Going for Growth. Rapid growth is only achieved on the back of significant investment activity. Going for growth should, therefore, be a holistic concept that embraces the sum total of actions and activities that we need to encourage in order to boost investor confidence, including respect of individual freedoms and the rule of law. Sadly, yesterday’s events have turned back the clock at a time when our economy is at a precipice and when we need to tell ourselves some home truths and speak truth to power in a constructive manner.
By coincidence, the Ex-Emir of Kano is your predecessor in office at CBN. Ordinarily, he qualifies to be invited for tomorrow’s event. Did you invite him?
I have decided to stay away from your Consultative Roundtable and to instead use the opportunity of this letter to draw the attention of a wider audience to my displeasure with the events of yesterday. Please forgive me because I am in no mood to immediately pretend as if all is well by proceeding with business as usual.
At an appropriate time I will send you my thoughts on how to quickly eliminate the policy inconsistencies that threaten the stability of our macroeconomy as CBN continues to seek to defy the odds by simultaneously pursuing a low domestic interest rate regime which clearly cannot coexist with high inflation and naira exchange rate stability in the face of collapsed/collapsing oil prices and an insatiable and uncontrolled appetite for foreign currency loans. This unsustainable policy mix has spooked investors (local and foreign), thereby making it increasingly likely that the Nigerian economy slides back into a recession, unless you quickly embark on some course correction.
Channels Television gathered that Mr Sanusi will take asylum in Awe local government area of Nasarawa state.
This brings the number of Emirs to have taken asylum in Nasarawa state to two; Emir of Gwandu, Mustapha Jokolo, had taken asylum in Obi local government area of the state after he was deposed by the Kebbi State government in 2005.