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.
The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has arrived in Nasarawa State.
He arrived in Loko Development Area in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state at about 2:30am on Tuesday.
This followed Sanusi’s departure from the Malam Aminu International Airport, hours after the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Usman Alhaji, announced that he had been removed as the Emir of Kano.
Alhaji who spoke at the State Executive Council meeting on Monday revealed that the state government took the decision over Sanusi’s consistent refusal to abide by instructions given to him.
The removal is said to be in line with the recommendation of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission which summoned the deposed emir.
In documents obtained by Channels Television and signed by the chairman of the commission, Sanusi was accused of obstructing the investigation of the commission.
The commission had asked the traditional ruler to respond to a petition accusing him of selling lands belonging to the Kano Emirate to the tune of N2 billion.
Sanusi had, however, secured a restriction order from a court to stop the commission from investigating him.
Meanwhile, the government has announced the Emir of Bichi Aminu Ado Bayero, as the new Emir of Kano.
Aminu is the son of the 13th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who died in 2014.
Thereafter, Nasiru Ado Bayero was appointed as the new Emir of Bichi Emirate.
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, was removed from his position on Monday after a long-running row with the state government.
The Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji while making the announcement on Monday said the removal was in line with the recommendation of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission.
The state government also stated that the dethronement was part of its move to safeguard the “sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige” of the Kano State Emirate which was established over a millennium ago.
Sanusi was also accused by the state government of disrespecting lawful instructions.
While the news of his dethronement continues to generate buzz all over the media and might stir debates in various quarters, there are certain things about the now exiled emir which many should know, as these things aid to shape a full narrative about his person.
Below are seven things you should know about the former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
1. Outspoken and fearless
Muhammadu Sanusi was an outspoken and fearless monarch but did not begin to show these traits only upon the accession of the throne. Prior to his becoming Emir of Kano, Sanusi was known for speaking passionately about issues regarding the polity and economy of Nigeria.
Sanusi as a traditional ruler was not shy to delve into the politics of the day, he accused political and religious leaders in the north of not doing enough for the region, adding that the lackadaisical approach to governance within the region was a major contributing factor to the widening of the poverty gap between the mainly Muslim north and the majority-Christian south.
2. A chip of the old block
Lamido Sanusi ascended the throne in 2014, taking over from his granduncle Ado Bayero. His grandfather, Muhammadu Sanusi I, was the 11th Emir of Kano from 1953 until 1963.
Like in his own case in 2020, Sanusi’s grandfather was deposed by his cousin Sir Ahmadu Bello. The reason for the dethronement was also similar, Sanusi like his granddad was accused of insubordination.
3. An erudite scholar and banking guru
Born into a ruling class, son of a career diplomat who served as the Nigerian Ambassador to Belgium, China, and Canada, Sanusi went on to establish himself as an indispensable asset in the Nigeria banking and finance industry, rising from management roles in different banks to becoming the CEO of First Bank, one of Africa’s largest financial institutions.
After his education at the King’s College in Lagos, where he graduated in 1977, Sanusi proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1981. He later received a masters degree in economics two years later from the university and lectured at the faculty.
With his performance academically and his growth within the banking industry, it was no surprise when On the first of June 2009, Sanusi was nominated as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
4. Modern reformer
During his earlier role as central bank chief, Sanusi earned a reputation as a straight-talking modern-reformer, who was not afraid to speak out against corruption, even though there were some charges of graft against him, allegations which he denied.
Sanusi initiated several extensive banking reforms that were built around “enhancing the quality of banks, establishing financial stability, enabling healthy financial sector evolution and ensuring that the financial sector contributes to the real economy”.
He is credited with leading the central bank in rescuing top tier banks with N400 billion of public money and dismissed their chief executives. He also introduced a consolidation process which reduced the number of Nigerian banks through merger and acquisitions, in a bid to make them stronger and more accountable to depositors.
5. Suspended whistleblower
In 2014 Sanusi was suspended as CBN governor by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The suspension came after the former CBN Governor accused the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of not remitting some $20 billion to state coffers.
Sanusi had written to Jonathan detailing that the NNPC had not remitted over $49.8 billion proceeds of crude oil sales. The NNPC responded that no money was missing thus leading to the constitution of a reconciliation committee whose findings were debated.
Unsatisfied with the reconciliation process, Sanusi brought the matter to the attention of the Senate. a forensic audit was carried out by PwC and the result poked holes in the arguments put up by the NNPC and the Ministry of petroleum, but no one else bore the brunt than the whistleblower himself.
6. Controversial accession
There are some who believe that Sanusi’s willingness to become Emir of Kano was politically-motivated.
Those who champion this thought, say Sanusi accepted the appointment of the throne in a bid to avoid fraud charges from his tenure at the Central Bank.
For some, the rightful heir to the throne was his cousin, and to this effect, some protested saying Sanusi was not the right one to ascend the throne.
Sanusi, however, was crowned Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II on 9 June 2014, as he became the Emir of Kano, he automatically became a leader of the Tijaniyya Sufi order, the second-most-important Muslim position in Nigeria after the Sultan of Sokoto, leader of the larger Qadiriyya Sufi order.
7. Perceived as a dissident
During his time as Emir of Kano, many saw Sanusi as a dissident to Northern norms.
He received many criticisms from conservatives in the North, for making several comments on socio-political issues impacting the region.
Some of those comments that earned him criticisms include the calls for an end to child marriage, building more schools instead of mosques, and infrastructural development.
He also called for population planning and said that polygamy is increasing poverty in the region.
Also part of his calls were certain solutions proffered to solving the almajiri issue.
In November 2014, after Sanusi urged his followers to fight Boko Haram, the Great Mosque of Kano was bombed, with over 150 killed.
Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the insurgent group Boko Haram, accused Sanusi of deviating from Islam and threatened his life; Sanusi replied that he is “safe with Allah”, and likened Shekau’s extremist comments (describing Sufis as unbelievers) to those of the heretical Islamic preacher Maitatsine.
While on the throne of the Kano Emirate, Sanusi spoke out on government policies, breaking with royal tradition. He criticised the state government of misplaced priorities and it is believed that this stirred the investigation into corrupt practices within the Emirate.
Though the investigation was later called off by the state legislature following intervention by the ruling class, the government headed by Ganduje went on to create a law that saw to the rise of four new Emirates, thereby receding the powers of Sanusi.