Sanusi Gets Another Kaduna Govt Appointment As KASU Chancellor

Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo).

 

 

The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has gotten another appointment from the Kaduna State government.

In a statement from Sir Kashim Ibrahim House on Wednesday, the government named Sanusi as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University (KASU).

According to the statement signed by the governor’s media aide, Muyiwa Adekeye, the former Emir succeeds the pioneer Chancellor of the university and the Chief of Moro’a, Tagwai Sambo, who was appointed to the role in 2005.

It said,

“On behalf of the government and people of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai is delighted to appoint His Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University. In public life, His Highness has demonstrated a strong commitment to education.

“The Kaduna State Government has no doubt that as Chancellor, His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi, would provide symbolic and substantive leadership in raising the profile of KASU as an emerging centre of learning on the national and global level.”

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Adekeye noted that Sanusi’s appointment as Chancellor came at a time when KASU was transiting to a multi-campus structure with presence across the state.

He added that the governor thanked the pioneer Chancellor of the institution for the long years of distinguished service to KASU and the state.

El-Rufai, according to him, welcomes the consent of Sanusi to serve as chancellor of KASU and as Vice-Chairman of the board of the Kaduna Investment and Promotions Agency (KADIPA).

The statement added,

“The Kaduna State Government is grateful that HH Muhammadu Sanusi II continues to support and assist the realisation of the governance objectives of the Kaduna State Government.”

Kano Govt Denies Banishing Sanusi After Dethronement

Emir Of Kano Decries North's Poor Educational System
A file photo of former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

 

 

The Kano State government has denied the reports that the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has been banished from the state.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in the state, Ibrahim Muktar, stated this during his appearance on Channels Television on Wednesday.

He said, “You see, If you listen to the Secretary to the State Government when he was addressing the press on the issue of the removal of the emir from office, there was nowhere he said the emir was even banished from Kano State.

“So, the decision of the government was (that) the emir … as of Monday was removed from office and a new emir was appointed. The issue of banishment was not part of the decision of the Kano State Government.

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Addressing a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja, the lawyers to the deposed emir said they have been unable to reach their client.

They also threatened to take legal action against the state government if they fail to release Sanusi within 24 hours.

In his reaction, Muktar explained that banished deposed traditional rulers had been existing since the colonial era.

He noted specifically that monarchs in the northern part of the country who were removed were taken out of their jurisdiction in order not to have two rulers in the same territory.

According to the commissioner, this has happened to many emirs such as the Emir of Gwandu who was removed and banished to Kaduna State.

He insisted that that has been the practice in the region in order to maintain peace and security in affected areas.

Muktar, however, said, “We have been hearing from the media that he has been banished but what I know is that he was taken out of Kano State.

“But banishment was not part of the decision of Kano State government … There is no such decision to the best of my knowledge.”

Sanusi’s Dethronement And Banishment Is Illegal, Says Falana

 

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has described the dethronement and banishment of the Muhammadu Sanusi (II), as illegal.

He said this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

“The dethronement, the Banishment and restriction of movement and detention are all clearly illegal.

“In the first place, the governor held an Executive Council meeting presided over by him and within a space of five minutes, the emir had been accused of executing disrespect to constituted authority, meaning the governor and in the meeting presided over by the governor where he was the accuser, the prosecutor and the witness,” he said.

According to him, the emir was dethroned without being given any opportunity to defend himself.

“As if such violation of his freedom and right to fair hearing was not enough, the governor was alleged to have ordered his arrest and banishment to his village in Nasarawa State,” Falana added.

“You do not impeach a governor and decide to detain him somewhere. He has the right to move freely, he has the right to exercise all his powers”.

When asked if he (Sanusi) has the legal grounds to challenge the dethronement, Falana said, “for sure”.

Meanwhile, Sanusi’s Lawyers have already threatened to take legal action if the state authorities don’t release him within the next 24 hours.

The lawyers made this known during a press briefing on Tuesday in Abuja while the emir was being moved from Loko Development Area of Nasarawa State to Awe Local Government Area.

VIDEO: Sanusi Accepts Dethronement ‘In Good Faith’

 

 

The former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has spoken after he was dethroned by the Kano State government.

In a video that went viral, Sanusi said he has accepted his dethronement in good fate and described it as the will of God.

The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who spoke in Hausa language, noted that his removal was best for him, according to God’s plan.

He insisted that there was no reason to be sad over his removal and urged the people to be appreciative and believe in God’s decision.

Emir Of Kano Decries North's Poor Educational System
Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo)

 

The former emir said:

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings of God be on his messenger, Muhammad, the son of Abdullah.

All glory be to God for the favours he bestowed on us. Part of those favours was my enthronement as Emir of Kano on the 8th of June 2014.

I am grateful to God for sustaining me in good health for nearly six years on the throne of my forefathers.

Today, the only power that gaveth authority has taken it away from me. As I use to say, power has a life span.

Days on any throne are numbered, once your time is off you have to leave whether you like it or not.

I have, therefore, accepted this destiny in good faith. I am grateful and happy for God knows what is best for me.

I am also grateful to the good people of Kano State for their love and obedience to me and all those who assisted me in my rulership.

I must also thank my kinsmen who stood by me through thick and thin. I urge you people to remain calm and peaceful.

I have also instructed my immediate family and those under me to pledge allegiance and respect whoever succeeds me for the integrity of the Kano throne.

What Allah has destined is right. Do not be angry.

Deposed Sanusi Arrives In Nasarawa On Exile

Emir Of Kano Decries North's Poor Educational System
Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo)

 

 

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.

Security Operatives Storm Kano Emir’s Palace After Sanusi’s Removal

Security operatives stationed at the entrance of the palace of the Emir of Kano in Kano State on March 9, 2020.

 

 

A team of security operatives on Monday stormed the palace of the Emir of Kano in Kano State.

This followed the removal of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, from office by the state government.

The team of security personnel at the traditional ruler’s palace included men of the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

 

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Sanusi’s removal was announced by the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji, during the State Executive Council meeting held at the Government House in Kano.

According to Alhaji, the decision to remove the traditional ruler was as a result of his alleged consistent refusal to abide by instructions given to him by the state government.

 

Elsewhere, there have been reports of a rowdy session in the Kano State House of Assembly shortly after the announcement of the emir’s removal.

In a video trending on social media on Monday, a group of lawmakers in the chamber were seen clustered together in what appeared to be a fight over the mace in the legislative chamber of the House.

Security operatives stationed at the entrance of the palace of the Emir of Kano in Kano State on March 9, 2020.

 

 

The mace was later taken away from the chamber by a man believed to be the clerk of the House.

Sanusi’s removal comes one week after the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission had summoned the Emir.

He was asked to respond to a petition accusing him of selling lands belonging to the Kano Emirate to the tune of N2 billion.

The traditional ruler had, however, secured a restriction order from a court to stop the commission from investigating him.

Ganduje Appoints Sanusi As Kano Council Of Chiefs Chairman

Muhammadu Sanusi II                                                                                                  Abdullahi Ganduje

 

 

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has appointed the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, as the Chairman of the State Council of Chiefs.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar, announced this in a statement on Monday.

This comes against the backdrop of the creation of four additional emirates in the state – Bichi, Rano, Karaye, and Gaya – to decentralise the powers of the Kano Emirate.

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In the statement, Anwar explained that the governor appointed Sanusi and others to lead the affairs of the Council in line with the provisions of the Constitution.

“By the powers conferred on the Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR, by Sections 4 (2) (g) and Section 5((1) (2) of the Kano State Emirate Councils Law 2019, he makes the following appointments; that His Highness, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano Emirate, as Chairman Kano State Council of Chiefs.

“Among other members of the State Council of Chiefs are all other four first-class Emirs of Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, Alhaji Dr Tafida Abubakar (Autan Bawo), Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II, and Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir, who are also automatic members of the Council, as enshrined in the State Emirate Council Law,” the governor’s aide said.

He added that Section 4(2) gave other members as Secretary to the State Government, Commissioner for Local Governments, five Chairmen of Local Government Councils – one each from the Local Government Council where the Emir’s palace is situated.

“Others according to this Section comprise at least 10 kingmakers, two each from the five emirates mentioned under Section 3(1) of the Law, Chief Imam of each Emirate.

“Other members include a representative of the business community from each emirate to be appointed by the governor, as the names of Alhaji Dalhat Al-Hamsad and Alhaji Auwalu Abdullahi Rano are appointed by the governor, as two of them,” he disclosed.

According to Anwar, the law also stipulates as members of the Council of Chiefs, a representative of security agencies, the police, Department of State Services (DSS), and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

“Section 5(1), (2) of the Law provides that, the Chairmanship of the State Council of Chiefs shall be rotational among the five Emirs of the Emirates and the sequence of which is to be determined by the governor and the Chairman shall serve for a period of two years only.

“The appointment is with effect from Monday, the 9th Day of December 2019. It is also directed that the Chairman shall immediately summon the inaugural meeting of the Council in accordance with the provisions of the Law,” Ganduje’s aide added.

The governor, therefore, urged all the Council members to utilise the opportunity to serve the people in the state.

He also asked them to strengthen the emirates and the traditional system of administration in the Kano in advising the state government, more particularly on security matters.

VIDEO: Sanusi Weeps, Narrates How Sick Child Died In Mother’s Arms Over $5

 

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, shed tears on Thursday as he decries the alarming rate of inequalities in the country.

According to him, the inequalities in society have caused so much hardship with the poor paying the ultimate sacrifice.

The traditional ruler made the submission as he gave an emotional address at a United Nations meeting to reach Sustainable Development Goals in Lagos.

He sobbed as narrated an unfortunate situation where a mother could not save her sick child, despite being close to getting help.

The traditional ruler weeps as he decries the rate of poverty in the country.

 

 

Sanusi told the gathering at the event that on that fateful day, the woman had walked to the palace from a children’s hospital located just about 200 metres.

According to him, he heard a very loud scream and asked someone to check what happened while the person who came back with tears in his eyes.

The emir said the baby died in the mother’s arms while she was waiting for her turn to ask for money to buy the drug to save her child.

“And how much was this? It was less than five dollars,” an emotional Sanusi said.

He added, “This is what happens every day in this country. Children die because their parents cannot afford five dollars, that a mother will watch her child die because she does not have five dollars.”

Dangote, Fayemi Initiate Dialogue Between Emir Sanusi And Ganduje

 

Business mogul, Aliko Dangote and Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi have initiated a dialogue between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II in a bid to ensure a healthy relationship between both institutions.

The meeting which took place in Abuja on Friday had all the key figures exchange pleasantries, shortly after completion of the Month of Ramadhan Fast and the Sallah festive period.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State, Abba Anwar, both leaders urged the Muslim community to imbibe the good teachings and spirit of the Fasting period.

The dialogue, at the instance of Dangote and Fayemi, also addressed the indictment on the Emir by the Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission on allegations of corruption to the sum of over 4 billion Naira.

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The commission had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Emir to submit a satisfactory explanation regarding the allegation against him.

The statement also clarified that the meeting was not at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari as speculated.

The dialogue was initiated by the Kano-born business mogul Aliko Dangote and the Chairman of Nigerias Governors Forum Dr. Kayode Fayemi. Not by President Muhammadu Buhari as earlier speculated by some section of the media.

For a healthier relationship between the two institutions of government and Kano Emirate, the dialogue continues.

Emir Sanusi seized the opportunity to congratulate governor Ganduje for the victory in his second term in office; wishing the governor a successful tenure in office.

However, Chairman of the commission, Muhuyi Magaji told Channels TV that as far as he is concerned, the commission has no business with any dialogue.

“We do not care about any dialogue between the state government and the Emir, we are an independent body and we are doing our job professionally, what we are waiting for now is a response from the state government on our earlier recommendations of suspending the Emir, to pave way for investigation.

We heard that the state government has demanded an explanation from the emir; therefore, we are not part of any dialogue and our investigation is still ongoing.”

I Am ‘Emotionally Indebted’ To Ganduje, Emir Of Kano – Shettima

 

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has said that he remains emotionally indebted to his Kano State counterpart, Ibrahim Ganduje and the Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi.

He said this during a press briefing on Saturday amid growing concerns that he was taking sides with the governor, following his (Ganduje’s) decision to create four new emirates in Kano.

“We are dwelling on trivialities and issues that are of the past”, Shettima said.

He explained that the Northern Governors have been working behind the scenes to resolve the issues between both the governor and the Emir and that contrary to claims that he was taking sides with Ganduje, he was emotionally indebted to the two prominent leaders.

“I have ties in Kano. The governor of Kano has adopted 200 sons of Borno (orphans) and the Kano State Government is shouldering the burden of their education, welfare, up to university level so, I am emotionally indebted to him,” he said.

“I am equally emotionally indebted to Emir Muhammadu Sanusi because under his stewardship he brought the BDC to Borno. It was under his stewardship that he brought a lot of investments to my state and most importantly, he was our gateway to Aliko Dangote when he went and solved a huge humanitarian crisis in Borno, he was the one who mobilised the business community to render a helping hand.

“The governor is an elder statesman that I hold in the highest esteem and the emir is one of the intellectual torchbearers of Northern Nigeria”.

Earlier at a meeting on Wednesday, Shettima had taken a swipe at those faulting the decentralization of the Kano Emirate, noting that there were other more important issues to worry about.


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But giving further clarifications on the matter on Saturday, he said he was quoted out of context by a section of the media.

He then went on to explain that there was an unwritten pact among the governors not to criticize each other in the public no matter what the issue may be.
According to him, rather than dwell on cultural and religious issues, people should champion things that could bring about rapid socio-economic development in the northern region and the country at large.

“Amongst us governors, there is an unwritten pact – we do not criticise one another in the public. If we have issues, we sort it out from behind.

“It is for us to build bridges, not to destroy bridges. We are working from behind the scenes to see that we normalise the relationship,” he said.

The Kano State House of Assembly had on May 8, passed the bill for the creation of the four additional first class Emirates.

This was after approval of the amendment of the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs law by the lawmakers.

In a motion presented to the House by the Majority Leader Baffa Babba, the House unanimously agreed that creation of more Emirates will assist in job creation, dispute, and community conflict resolutions among others.

Upon the passage of the bill by the Kano Assembly, Governor Ganduje assented and went on to present letters of appointment to four new first-class Emirs in the state, a decision that has sparked criticism from many.

MTN Appoints Emir Of Kano As Non-Executive Director

Emir Of Kano Decries North's Poor Educational System
Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo)

 

Nigeria’s telecoms giant, MTN has appointed a former Central Bank governor and current Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi as a Non-Executive Director effective July 1, 2019.

The appointment of the Emir is part of a board room shake-up at Africa’s biggest wireless carrier, which will also see the on-boarding of South Africa’s former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas as a new group chairman.

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In Nigeria, the appointment of the vocal former CBN chief Sanusi comes as MTN prepares to list its local unit on the Nigerian stock exchange, a condition of the settlement of a $1 bn regulatory action three years ago.

MTN also announced a separate board of prominent people to advise on broader African issues, which will be headed by former South African president Thabo Mbeki and includes John Kufuor, a former president of Ghana.

Emir Of Kano Decries Poor Education System In Northern Nigeria

Emir of Kano, Emir Sanusi Warns Against $30bn Foreign LoanThe Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has decried the high rate of illiteracy in the northern part of Nigeria.

According to him, the situation is totally unacceptable if the region must catch up with other parts of the country.

The Emir made his position known on Saturday, at an education conference which took place in Kaduna state.

He also blamed the British colonial education policy in pre-independence Nigeria, as one of the factors most responsible for the education backwardness of northern Nigeria.

Speaking further, the Emir, identified key areas which the northern leaders must address to overcome their challenges.

They include: birth control, re-examination of social policies, and making maximum investment of funds for education.

While correcting the notion that northern traditional rulers and the Islam religion, are against western education, Sansui also stressed that any governor or leader that fails to give priority to education and healthcare is simply implementing the anti-north policy of the British colonial masters.

He believes that the high rate of illiteracy, poverty and insecurity in the region if left unchecked, is both detrimental to its citizens as well as the country in general.

The traditional ruler then appealed to governors and other leaders from the region to invest enough funds into education and healthcare services for the future of the younger generation.

On the other hand, a member of the Northern Elders Forum and former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Ango Abdullahi, says the current socio-economic challenges in the north, where over 15 million children are out of school and 62 per cent of graduates are unemployed, calls for serious concern for leaders and citizens of the region.

He also emphasised the need for leaders to invest more in education and other sectors of the economy; for them to be able to catch up with other parts of the country.

Also speaking at the gathering was the Kano state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who equally relived the patrotism and commitment of the leaders of the region in the past, and noted that only education of the citizens will pull the region out of its present state of poverty and backwardness.

Blessed with large land mass and population size, as well as abundant mineral deposits, participants at the summit came to a common agreement that northern Nigeria has no reason to be poor.

The new resolve according to them is therefore for the people as well as the leaders, to go back to the visions and dreams of the founding fathers whose tenure brought about unity and development of the region in the past.