Governor El-Rufai On His Way To Visit Dethroned Emir Sanusi

BREAKING: Kaduna State Governor El-Rufai Visits Deposed Emir Sanusi
File photo of deposed Emir Sanusi (l) and Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

 

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, is on his way to visit the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, in Awe, Nasarawa State. 

A tweet by the media office of the Kaduna Governor shows a picture of the governor inside a vehicle said to be heading to Awe village in Nasarawa State.

The deposed Emir is a close friend of Governor El-Rufai.

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The Kaduna governor recently appointed Sanusi as the Pro-chancellor of the Kaduna State University and also made him the Vice-Chairman of the state’s investment board.

This was after Sanusi was dethroned and banished by the Kano State government.

Also, on February 16, 2020, Sanusi delivered a thought-provoking speech on the socio-economic challenges confronting the northern region during the 60th birthday anniversary of El-Rufai in Kaduna State.

 

Sanusi’s Lawyers Threaten Legal Action, Give Authorities 24 Hours To Release Him

Lawyers of the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi (II), have threatened to take legal action if the state authorities don’t release him within the next 24 hours.

The lawyers said this while briefing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja while the emir was being moved from Loko Development Area of Nasarawa State to Awe Local Government Area.

This comes barely 24 hours after the Kano State Government removed Sanusi as Emir of Kano.


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The Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji, made the announcement during the State Executive Council meeting which held at the Government House in Kano.

Alhaji explained that the state government took the decision to remove the traditional ruler over allegations of consistently refusing to abide by instructions given to him.

According to him, the removal was in line with the recommendation of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission which had summoned the emir.

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.

But in documents obtained by Channels Television and signed by the chairman of the commission, Sanusi was accused of obstructing the investigation of the commission by securing a restriction order from a court.

Seven Things You Should Know About Dethroned Emir Sanusi

 

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.

Ganduje, Sanusi Exchange Pleasantries At Eid Praying Ground
File photo of Lamido Sanusi and Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje at Eid Praying Ground in June 2019.

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.

Kano Anti-Corruption Agency Invites Emir Sanusi Over Fresh Allegations

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Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo)

 

The Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission has ordered the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, to appear before it on Monday, March 9, 2020.

The anti-graft agency said this in a statement on Thursday as the Kano Emirate requested for another day for the monarch to appear before the body.

Emir Sanusi was supposed to appear before the agency on Thursday to answer questions on alleged illegal sales of land belonging to the emirate.

According to the Chairman of the Commission, Barr. Muhuyi Rimingado, the investigations are not related to any other probe of the Emir.

He said: “Preliminary findings suggest that a company, Country Wide House Ltd. served as a corporate vehicle to allegedly launder the sum of over N2bn being proceeds of several hectares of land in Darmanawa phase I and II and Bubbugaji, under the former right of occupancy CON-RESS 2016-503 illegally sold to Messer family home fund limited at the alleged instance of His Highness the Emir of Kano.”

Rimingado also claimed that “Investigation further revealed that some of the proceeds of the sales remitted to the Emirate Council’s bank account can be traced to the companies of interest to His Highness.”

According to the body, the investigation of the Emir followed information brought to it by a whistleblower, on the 29th of December 2019.

Kano State Government Vows To Continue N3.4bn Probe Involving Emir Sanusi

 

 

The Kano State government says it will continue the investigation into the alleged financial misappropriation of over 3.4 billion naira against Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Mr Muhyi Magaji Rimingado, the executive chairman of Kano State public complaints and anti-corruption commission reaffirmed this while reacting to the ruling of the Federal High Court in Kano that quashed the interim investigation report.

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At a press conference on Monday, February 24,  Mr Rimingado stated that though the court has nullified the report on the basis of non-invitation of the Emir, his commission will go ahead with its investigation and invite Emir Sanusi in compliance with the court ruling.

He added that another option available to the Kano State government is to appeal the judgment as there are numerous grounds for appeal.

Accept Or Reject Chairmanship Appointment, Ganduje Issues Sanusi Two-Day Ultimatum

Photo combination of Muhammadu Sanusi II and Abdullahi Ganduje

 

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has given Emir of Kano, Muhammdu Sanusi II a two-day ultimatum to accept or reject his appointment as Chairman Kano Council of Chiefs.

The directive was contained in a letter dated December 19, and signed by Musa Bichi, Permanent Secretary for Special Duties, on behalf of the Secretary to Kano State Government.

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Ganduje in the letter said it is important for the Emir to “accept the appointment or otherwise.”

“By this letter, His Excellency the Executive Governor is requesting His Highness, the Emir of Kano (Sarkin Kano) to indicate his ACCEPTANCE of OTHERWISE of his appointment as the CHAIRMAN of Kano State Council of Chiefs as conveyed vide letter no SSG/REPA/S/A/86/T and dated 9th of December. 2019.

“The acceptance of otherwise should reach His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kano State within two days of the receipt of this letter.

“As you await further directive of His Excellency, the Executive Governor on the matter, it is important to accept the appointment or otherwise.

“Accept the assurance of the Highest esteem and regards of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State,” the letter in part.

Ganduje had earlier on December 9 appointed Sanusi as the head of the council of chiefs, following his assent to a law that created the other four additional emirates.

He had also asked Sanusi to immediately summon the inaugural meeting of the council in accordance with the provisions of the law.

However, Sanusi is yet to accept or reject the appointment more than a week after.

Kano Anti-Corruption Agency Alleges Emir Sanusi Approved Emirate Spending

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Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo)

 

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission has defended its investigation into allegations of corruption against the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, insisting that the Emir authorised spending by the Emirate.

In a letter dated June 11, 2019 and addressed to the Secretary to the Kano State Government, a copy of which was seen by Channels Television, the anti-graft agency defended its investigation and findings and attached documents allegedly showing that the Emir authorised the expenses incurred.

The seven-page letter was signed by the commissions Executive Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji, and it countered the Emirs response to a query issued to him by the state government.

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Emir Sanusi in his response to the query had stated that he was not the accounting officer of the Emirate, but the commission said, All expenses made by the Emirate Council are either based on the approval or instruction of his Highness.

It added, Therefore, any claim that the Emir is not Accounting Officer of the Kano Emirate is a deception and a misrepresentation of facts.

According to the commission, the initial amount at the emirates bank account with First Bank prior to the death of late Ado Bayero was over N7 billion but after a few withdrawals, Emir Sanusi inherited N4. 7 billion. The bulk of this, the commission alleged, was illegally spent.

It, therefore, urged the state government to implement its initial recommendations in the interest of public policy and the anti-corruption drive.

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