Sanusi’s Emergence to Monarchy; the Intrigues and Apprehensions By Dahiru Mohammed Lawal
In a dramatic turn of events, in an interestingly outplaying divine script, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi emerged as the King of a Kingdom largely seen by most as one of the most prominent kingdom in Africa; Kano. This is coming barely four months after Sanusi Lamido was controversially ousted by current president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as the helmsman of Nigeria’s bank of banks.
To the direct bloodline of deposed Emir Muhammadu Sanusi, this might be viewed as a victorious reclamation of their due since his grandfather was deposed in 1963, the grandson has now ascended the throne of his forefathers to continue what his grandfather could not finish. However, it didn’t come without its intrigues and apprehensions.
As soon as he was announced as the successor to the throne, there was rampage in the ancient city with many people expressing their displeasure with the Governors choice allegedly over the people’s choice for various reasons. Many feel that after his service to the people of Kano, the will of the late Emir Alh. Ado Bayero that his son succeeds him deserves to be honored; majority also actually wants his son to take over, while many think Sanusi Lamido didn’t just deserve it.
More so it has been allegedly gathered that the Kingdoms establishment and kingmakers favors an Emir Sanusi Ado Bayero over an Emir Sanusi Lamido, while the elitist and technocrat class prefers the later.
Another thing Sanusi Ado Bayero had going for him is the fact that he is a district head, therefore it is expected that he must have by now equipped and acquitted himself with palace intricacies and would have established a close affinity with his fathers allies hence will simply have to continue with an already established order compared to Sanusi Lamido Sanusi who will have to battle with establishing himself firmly and is merely a royal technocrat.
Curiously, there was no report of chaos when news first made the round that Sanusi Ado Bayero had been named Emir. The PDP had goofed earlier on when they together with the Northern Governors forum rush to issue a statement congratulating Sanusi Ado Bayero as the new Emir. Their statement came before the secretary to the Kano state Government announced the former Central Bank Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano on Sunday. The PDP’s goof could be seen as one of many factors that had irked the Kano state government to announce a counter candidate in order to spite the PDP and by extension president Goodluck Jonathan who has had a running skirmish with the former CBN boss and has not been on the same page with Governor Kwankwaso either. Perhaps Kwankwaso decided to seize this opportunity to automatically sweep Jonathan off Kano completely without having to manually use a broom next time. Although the purported role of a high powered team of the Chieftains of the opposition APC comprising of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Bukola Saraki, Nuhu Ribadu, Rotimi Amaechi, Aliyu Wammako, among others , cannot be downplayed as a factor in the eventual emergence of Sanusi Lamido as the Emir of Kano.
Although many like to see that the rampage against his emergence as King was sponsored by the PDP who up till now are yet to Congratulate the ex CBN Captain as against their initial rush to congratulate the late Emir’s son, one will feel Sanusi would have warmed his way to the heart of Kano people having been there for them in their days of turmoil. It has been obvious long before now that the former CBN boss had been grooming himself for the throne. It could be recalled that he donated a N100m intervention fund to the state after the Boko Haram attack which killed many people. He is believed to have done so many other underground things to his people.
For the ordinary everyday people of Kano, Sanusi’s emergence comes with a mixed feeling. While some would have preferred the son of the Late Emir to take over, they do not have anything against the former CBN boss hence would have to accept him that way. Ilyasu Y.Y a resident and an indigene of the ancient city told this reporter that “we would have love for the son of late Emir Ado Bayero to take over his father’s throne but I also like Sanusi Lamido. I do not have anything against him therefore he is acceptable to me.” He said in Hausa. He went further to state that “I am sure Kwankwaso did this to spite Jonathan and honestly anything that will annoy and provoke President Jonathan is welcome and acceptable to me, therefore I am happy.” He concluded. Another resident Abdulrahman Mohammed stated “why the chaos for what will not even have an effect to the ordinary Kano man on the street. It is needless but if it matters to you, we in Kano prefer the late Emir’s son but God has already destined it for Sanusi and it is against our Religious etiquette to rebel against a chosen leader. People are being maimed daily in Maiduguri and we couldn’t do nothing is it over this one that is a non issue that we should start killing ourselves all over again?” he stated.
The social media circle also did not go without its own mixed reaction. Many think a credible one has been chosen while some think he is just not the man for the stool. “So take your self entitled I AM FROM KANO SO ONLY I KNOW ABOUT SUCCESSION views and shove it. A credible Emir has been chosen!” Bello El-Rufai senior son to former FCT minister Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai who goes by the twitter handle @B_ELRUFAI tweeted. Another tweep who is an Abuja based lawyer Elnathan John summed it up in a tweet as follows “I am happy that SLS is Emir. The North needs rebuilding at the grassroots. A ‘progressive’ Emir is a start. Glad he didn’t run for office.” While Kayode Ogundamisi tweeted “Lamido Sanusi’s emergence as Emir of Kano is Nigeria’s loss and Kano’s gain. We let our bigotry push our best to a palace.” Political blogger and Activist Japheth J. Omojuwa had this to say “Governor Kwankwaso has done the right thing by me again. If he runs as president, he has my vote.” While another tweep simply tweeted “Terrorism has assumed the throne.”
Behind all these theatrics for or against the emergence of Sanusi Lamido as Emir of Kano, lies a consequential effect for Nigeria. Sanusi in the wake of his ouster as the CBN Governor had vowed to challenge the action in court, not because he desires to return to office but because he wants to legally establish for future reference if the President has the constitutional powers to oust the CBN Governor in the manner that was done to him. As it seems now, it won’t be majestic for Sanusi to start trotting to court with his massive turban to pursue this cause even if he might want to. Consequently this aspect of the Nigerian constitution that needs to be interpreted in a competent court of law needs to linger on for another rare opportunity. Meanwhile, will it be safe to assume that as for Alh. Sanusi Ado Bayero, his late father’s romance with the PDP who are in the black books of Governor Kwankwaso has caused him a golden price?
On a very personal note, I feel tempted to relocate to Kano so I can wallow under Sanusi Lamido’s canopy…LOL Sanusi is my man anytime any day so I say; sha zamanka ka huta…Lamido sarkin Kanawa, gyaaaaara kimtsi. Chikina!
Do not hesitate to leave your opinion in the comment section below.
To contact Abusidiqu.com for Article Submission and Advertisement or General inquiry, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org