Kano Emir Risks Losing His Crown to Dethroned Predecessor, Sanusi

Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, the emir of Kano may lose his throne to his predecessor Muhammadu Sanusi Lamido, the erstwhile emir who was dethroned by Abdullahi Ganduje, the Kano State governor.

Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, hinted at this in a viral video, according to Daily Trust.

Sanusi who was the 14th emir of Kano was dethroned on March 9, 2020. He was banished from Kano and sent to Loko, a remote community in Nasarawa State, while the expenses of the emirate under him were probed. But WikkiTimes understand the Sanusi was dethroned as a result of insubordination to the Kano government. His heavy criticism of some government policies might have also motivated the removal.

Sanusi, who became emir in the final term of Kwankwaso as governor, was dethroned by outgoing Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who was deputy governor at the time the monarch was installed.

In addition, Ganduje also split the Kano emirate into five, each with an emir.


Kwankwao in the video said the dethronement of Sanusi as well as balkanisation of the emirate by Ganduje’s government would be reviewed by the incoming government of Abba Kabir Yusuf popularly known as Abba Gida-Gida.

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“We have campaigned and as you know we are popular in Nigeria, especially in Kano state, we are now back and God willing we will continue with the good works our administration left. This incoming governor and his team will take them up.

“As elders, we will continue to advise them to do the right thing. We tried not to intervene in the issue of bringing or removing any Emir, but now, an opportunity has come.

“Those who were given this opportunity will sit down and see to the issues. They will look at what they are expected to do. Besides the Emir, even the emirate has been divided into five places. All these need to be studied. Usually, a leader inherits good, bad and issues that are hard to reconcile, the leader of the Kwankwasiya movement said.

Kwankwao further prayed for God’s intervention to allow the incoming governor to be able to handle things easily.

A week after his dethronement, Sanusi said he would have reclaimed his throne had he not moved ahead to the next phase of his life.

“And if you look at the reason given for removing me… Insubordination to political authority, yeah. God gave me that chance. I have done what I could in six years. So, I’m moving on. The truth is that if I wanted to go back… the letter was so badly written. It was so unconventional letter. It would have been the easiest thing if I wanted to go to court.

“Just ask for a fair hearing at the court. (And the court would ask) did you query him? Did you tell him anything? Did you ask him to defend himself? Did you even call him to ask him any questions? No. That’s all. But no, I think we should go on with the new phase in life,” Sanusi had said.


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