The Kano State government has dethroned the emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.
On Monday, the Kano State Executive Council unanimously approved the dethronement of the Emir of Kamo Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II at a special sitting held today by the council.
The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji disclosed this to newsmen immediately after the special council meeting where the decision was reached.
He said “This removal is made after due consultation with the relevant stakeholders and in compliance with Part 3 section 13 of the Kano State Emirate law 2019 and other reasons stated above.
“The removal was reached to safeguard the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige of the Kano Emirate built over a thousand years.”
He added that a new Emir will soon be appointed.
“His Excellency, Dr. Ganduje calls on the General public to remain calm, law-abiding and to go about their normal businesses, while a new Emir of Kano Emirate will soon be appointed,” the SSG, Alhaji said.
Sanusi was the 14th emir of Kano under the Fulani dynasty. He was appointed as the Emir of Kano on June 8, 2014.
He was born on July 31, 1961, in Kano to a ruling class Fulani family of the Sullubawa clan.
He was educated at King’s College, Lagos, where he graduated in 1977. He then proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1981.
He later received a master’s degree in economics two years later from the university and lectured at the faculty.
His father, Aminu Sanusi, was a career diplomat who served as the Nigerian Ambassador to Belgium, China and Canada.
His grandfather, Muhammadu Sanusi I, was the 11th Emir of Kano from 1953 until 1963, when he was deposed by his cousin Sir Ahmadu Bello.
On June 1, 2009, Sanusi was nominated as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua; his appointment was confirmed by the Nigerian Senate on 3 June 2009.
Sanusi was selected to succeed his granduncle, Ado Bayero, as the Emir of Kano on June 8, 2014.