Update: Deposed Emir Sanusi II of Kano

Written By: Samuel

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi the second was dethroned from his position yesterday. Mixed reactions has trailed Emir Sanusi’s dethronement as Emir of Kano. Some term it to be Karma for the past actions of the Emir while some term it to be persecution for his virtues, adding that it may also possibly be a blessing in disguise as the Emir will now be able to move on to achievements that would have been hindered by his role as Emir.

Two major comments, each from the positive and negative reactions is a letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a tweet from Mr Reno Omokri, Spokesperson of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Obasanjo’s letter was among the positive reactions as he showed sympathy towards Emir Sanusi; it reads:

“I woke up this morning and after my morning exercise, devotion and my morning meeting with my staff, I heard the sad and the good news of your removal by the Executive Council of the Kano State Government.

“It is sad because it was undeserved. It is good because you have paid the price. My prayer is that God should give you the fortitude and courage to continue on the path that you have chosen for yourself in the best interest of our country and humanity.

“Please, accept, Your Royal Highness, the assurance of my highest consideration.”

Omokri on the other hand thought of the deposition as karma for the antagonistic actions of the Emir towards the GEJ administration while he was Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He wrote via his Twitter handle saying:

“Last year, I said everyone who falsely accused Goodluck Jonathan, would pay for it. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi facilitated the election of General Muhammadu Buhari. He has his Buhari. Is he happy?”

On the part of the Emir Sanusi II; a breakdown of the story so far sees the Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado Bayero announced as successor to the throne.

Emir Sanusi II according to the laws of the Emirate was banished from the land of Kano and he sought asylum at Loko in Nasarawa state. The laws also forbids him from coming back to Kano neither will he be privileged to be buried in Kano upon death.

The people of Nasarawa welcomed the Emir into the quiet town of Loko but it was reported that Emir Sanusi was later moved from Loko to nearby Awe local government area of Nasarawa state.

The reasons for his movement is not yet confirmed to the public but it was rumoured that it was due to convenience as reconstructions are ongoing in the new home at Loko. The fact that he was moved with a Police Helipad (numbered 5N-LEH) amidst heavy security left cause for concern, as to where he was being moved to; and why?.

The Police Helipad conveying Emir Sanusi landed at the government house in Lafia at about 2.11pm today, where he was received by the Emirs of Nasarawa state, some police officers and other government functionaries.

The lead counsel to the deposed Emir, Barrister Abubakar Balarabe Mahmud (SAN) has stated to newsmen that the deposition of Emir Sanusi II is illegal and would be challenged in court. He placed emphasis on the deprivation of the right of the Emir to fair hearing before his dethronement.

“we have not spoken to the Emir, but we have got an instruction through his Chief of Staff to take legal action and challenge the legality of the Emir’s detention and banishment.

“The Kano State Emirate Council Law which was recently enacted by the government of Kano State does not give the state executive council or the government of Kano State the powers to unilaterally remove the Emir.”

“According to the letter, the Emir was also alleged to have refused to attend official programmes and meetings organised by the government.

“As far as we are aware, there has not been any notice of such disrespect ever given to Emir Sanusi or a query issued to him for refusal to attend official functions.”

“He was not given any opportunity to defend himself against those charges. 

“Section 13 of the Kano Emirate Council Law 2019 cited in the letter of deposition empowers the governor to depose an Emir only after inquiry and consultation with the state council of chiefs.

“We were not aware of such due inquiry nor are we aware that the Kano State council of chiefs was at any time summoned to any meeting much less discuss the removal of the Emir or give any advice to the governor on the deposition.

Speaking on the banishment of the Emir according to the customs of the Emirate he referred to the 2015 banishment of deposed Emir Jakolo from Kebbi.

“We are totally perplexed at the resort to this practice in present day Nigeria by its political leaders.”

“The illegality of this practice was pronounced by the Nigerian Court of Appeal in Attorney General Kebbi State vs HRH Alhaji Al-Mustapha Jakolo and ors 2013 LPELR 22349/.CA, where the court pronounced it is illegal and unconstitutional and gross violation of the right of the Emir.

“This is what the court said in that case, ‘the banishment and deportation from Kebbi State by the governor of Kebbi… of the first respondent to Lafia in Nasarawa State and later to Obi also in Nasarawa State is most unconstitutional and illegal.’

“We call on the authorities, in particular, the Inspector General, the Director-General of DSS and Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to ensure the immediate release of HH Muhammadu Sanusi II, so that he can be reunited with his family.”

He also gave a twenty-four hours notice to the Kano State government to retract the banishment or face legal actions.

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