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Ex-CBN Gov Sanusi reinstated as Emir of Kano by Yusuf

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In a historic turn of events, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano, four years after his deposition.

This decision, supported by the kingmakers, was announced at the Kano State Government House to a chorus of cheers on Thursday evening.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Mallam Sanusi Lamido,” declared Governor Yusuf around 5:16 PM, marking a significant reversal of the political landscape in Kano.

The reinstatement of Emir Sanusi II, who previously served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria under the name Lamido Sanusi, followed the signing of the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024.

This new legislation supersedes the 2019 law that split the historic Kano Emirate into five separate entities and led to Sanusi’s deposition by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

The 2019 law, which created the additional emirates of Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, was a controversial move aimed at decentralizing the traditional power structure.

Yusuf, by repealing this law, has restored the Kano Emirate to its pre-2019 status, a decision he described as rectifying the division of the “over 1,000-year-old Kano Emirate.”

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“The repeal of the 2019 law means that all appointments made in accordance with that law are voided, and the balkanized Kano Emirate has been restored to its original status,” Governor Yusuf stated, adding that the emirs of the dissolved emirates have 48 hours to vacate their palaces.

The signing of the bill into law was witnessed by Deputy Governor Aminu Abdussalam and Assembly Speaker Jibril Falgore, who were present for the momentous occasion.

Prior to the public announcement, the governor held closed-door meetings with traditional rulers and kingmakers to secure their endorsement.

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II originally ascended to the throne on June 8, 2014, during the tenure of Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso. His appointment came shortly after his removal as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria by then-President Goodluck Jonathan, following Sanusi’s accusations of corruption within Jonathan’s administration.

A similar conflict marked his tenure as Emir under Governor Ganduje, culminating in his ousting in 2020.

Sanusi’s reinstatement is seen as a move to restore traditional authority and address the political controversies that have surrounded the Kano Emirate in recent years. As the sole emir following the repeal of the 2019 law, Sanusi’s return signals a new chapter for the historic emirate.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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