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Sanusi’s Sins And Dethronement

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ElevateNews takes a look at the Dethronement of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi and the consequent enthronement of the son of the late Emir Ado Bayero, Aminu Bayero.

On Monday, the tradition of the Kano emirate was rubbished by bad politics of this land.

In two hours, an emir was dethroned and another one enthroned in broad daylight.

Emir Muhammed Sanusi II was not only removed by the sitting Governor of the State, Abdullahi Ganduje, but he was consequently arrested and banished from Kano.

He is to stay in Nasarawa now because he had allegedly committed sins against the tradition and government of Kano.

Sanusi’s reformist agenda in Kano was unacceptable to a set of elites and downtrodden people. His elitist speech and preaching against Almajeris walked on the angry side of Ganduje and his allies.

Earlier, this government had split into five the Kano emirate with each emir granted the autonomy to perform similar functions like Sanusi.

But this strategy never worked until the latest one, which finally removed the emir. Sanusi finally ended in the stomach of the lion that rode him to the throne.

The constitution of this country has colonised our monarchical government so much that emirs, kings and Obas can easily be removed by political office holder, governors and president.

The power of kingmakers is so inimical in the election and appointment of a king in Nigeria of today.

The staff of office for emirs and Obas reside in the governor’s office. He gives and withdraws at will.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled on a video clip where the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike tongue-lashed a traditional monarch and threatened to withdraw his staff of office for smiling and shaking his head at a meeting.

It is so bad and ridiculous. I remember that as the military head of States in 1983, General Muhammadu Buhari suspended late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade and his good friend late Emir of Kano Ado Bayero from travelling out of the country.

The dethronement of Sanusi is happening right now during Buhari’s administration as a civilian president of Nigeria.

Buhari and Ganduje do not only belong to the same All Progressives Congress, but both are allergic to criticism.

I once wrote that Sanusi would not fit into the “Talakawa” tradition of the Kano where it has become a culture for a set of people to beg for foods.

Having lived and schooled in Lagos, Sanusi, an old boy of King’s College will always detest men who hate education.

His sins went beyond the abrogation of Almajeris, it extends to calling for the conversion of mosques to schools for quality western education.

His sin was that he told his people to reduce their number of wives and children. His sin, according to the statement released by Ganduje’s government is that of insubordination and disobedience to the State laws.

But history will remember Sanusi for good that there was an emir who wanted his people to have proper education, an emir who came with reform agenda to shut down Almajeris but was deposed by politics.

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