Return of a King: Sanusi Reinstated as Emir of Kano

After four years of absence, Muhammadu Sanusi II has returned to his position as the Emir of Kano, courtesy of Governor Abba Yusuf’s reinstatement.

In a gathering at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House, Governor Yusuf, amidst cheers, announced the reappointment of Mallam Sanusi Lamido with the full support of the kingmakers.

This reinstatement came immediately after the signing of the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law by Governor Yusuf. The new legislation nullifies the previous Kano State Emirates Council Law of 2019 and dissolves the emirate councils created under Governor Yusuf’s predecessor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

Ganduje’s administration had split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019, leading to the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II in March 2020. The creation of additional emirates sparked controversy, with Governor Yusuf referring to it as a law that fragmented the historic Kano Emirate.

The repeal of the 2019 law signifies a restoration of the original Kano Emirate’s status, prompting Governor Yusuf to declare the reinstatement of Sanusi II as the Emir.

Present at the bill’s signing were the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Aminu Abdussalam, and the Speaker of the Assembly, Jibril Falgore. Prior to the signing, closed-door meetings were held with traditional rulers and kingmakers.

Muhammadu Sanusi II, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, began his reign as the Emir of Kano in 2014. However, tensions arose between him and Governor Ganduje’s administration, particularly over criticisms regarding the state government’s financial management.

The disagreement culminated in the creation of four additional emirates in 2019, reducing the powers of the Emir. Despite legal challenges from Sanusi, the Kano State High Court upheld the creation of the emirates. Subsequently, Sanusi was removed from his position as Emir, citing insubordination and other allegations.

The reinstatement of Sanusi II has sparked hope and celebration among his supporters, marking a significant turn of events in Kano’s political landscape. This historical moment echoes past instances where attempts to alter the traditional power structure of the Kano Emirate were ultimately reversed, signifying a return to its original form.


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