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Emirates Airline suspends ‘oversized passenger services’


Emirates remains committed to Nigeria and we look forward to resuming passenger services to Dubai for our customers when conditions allow.

Emirates Airline has suspended passenger services from Lagos and Abuja until February 28, 2021.

The airline, which disagreed with the Nigerian authority over extra COVID-19 protocols, however, said the suspension would affect only outbound passengers from Nigeria.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) recently reversed the suspension of Emirates flights into Nigeria, following the UAE’s cancellation of the antigen rapid tests earlier imposed on Nigerians departing on Emirates Airlines.


But since the reversal at the weekend, Emirates has been flying passengers into Lagos and Abuja, and refrained from carrying outbound passengers from Nigeria.

A memo issued by the airline yesterday stated: “In line with UAE government’s directives, passenger services from Lagos and Abuja to Dubai are temporarily suspended until 28 February 2021.

“Itinerants from Abuja and Lagos will not be accepted for travels prior to or including this date. Passengers, who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days, are not allowed entry into the UAE, whether terminating in or connecting through Dubai.

“Emirates flights from Dubai to Lagos and Abuja will continue as per the normal schedule. We regret the inconvenience caused and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call centre for rebooking. Emirates remains committed to Nigeria and we look forward to resuming passenger services to Dubai for our customers when conditions allow.”


The Guardian had earlier reported that some international carriers had begun enforcement of fresh safety protocols much to the discomfort of Nigerian travellers. Emirates, especially, was conducting mandatory antigen tests on Nigerian passengers, in addition to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test approved by the Federal Government and the global standard.

The test costs additional N25, 800 per traveller at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja and N36, 800 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, until the Federal Government banned the airline to enforce reversal of the antigen test.



[Nigeria] Kano govt appoint new Rano Emir.


The Kano State Government has appointed Alhaji Muhammad Kabir Inuwa as the New Emir of the Rano Emirate.

The appointment was announced on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji.

According to him, Emir Kabiru was selected out of three candidates submitted.

Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has urged the new emir to continue to discharge his duties in accordance with tradition.


The appointment comes days after the passing of the former Emir, Tafida Abubakar-Ila.

Abubakar-Ila died at a hospital in Kano on Saturday, almost one year after the state government created four new Emirate Councils and made him a first-class emir in Rano.

New Rano Emir, Alhaji Muhammad Kabir

A member of the House of Representatives and Turakin Rano, Alhassan Rurum, confirmed the death of the emir.


The lawmakers said he died at a hospital after a brief illness.

He is survived by 17 children and two wives.



Kano’s Mysterious Deaths: Buhari Meet With NCDC Boss – Aminu Ado Keep Mute. [Nigeria]


>>> Kano’s Mysterious Deaths: New Emir, Aminu Ado Keep Mute <<<

The new emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has reacted to the mass deaths recorded in Kano State.

Recall that scores of people, including elites and prominent sons of the state, have died in Dala, Fagge, Tarauni, Nasarawa, Gwale and Kano Municipal.


Among those already buried are academics, administrators, bankers, media practitioners and businessmen.

Reacting, a statement the Emir personally signed maintained that the deaths were not COVID-19 related.

“We have been informed by the ministry that the deaths were not as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.


“This report is really important, the report has further confirmed to us that COVID-19 is real and that as of today about 73 people have tested positive for the pandemic.

“My people, with regards to this situation, it has become necessary for us to remind you of the need to follow all the necessary medical advice,” he said.

He further urged Kano residents to stay away from crowded places, wash their hands regularly and avoid stigmatizing others.


“I equally call on you to look after your children and make sure they do not continue to play football on the streets, once you notice any symptoms please do not hesitate to report such to medical experts,” he advised.

The Emir while calling for more prayers, commiserated with families of the deceased.

>>> Kano’s Mysterious Deaths: Buhari Meet With NCDC Boss, DG (Details) <<<

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met with the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


It is believed that both Ehanire and Ihekweazu gave updates to the president, over their efforts in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, announced the meeting on his Twitter handle.

“FLASH: President @MBuhari receives briefing on Nigeria’s #COVID19 situation, from Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire and Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu this evening at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,” Ahmad wrote.


The meeting took place a few hours before the expiration of the 14-day lockdown the President ordered in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States.

Buhari is expected to make his position on the lockdown public on Monday.

Details of meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday night received the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and the Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu.


The trio held a closed-door meeting at the State House, Abuja.

The parley was on the strange disease in Kano, the lockdown and the coronavirus crisis.

Ehanire told State House correspondents that his ministry had been communicating with relevant agencies, including Kano State Government with a view to addressing the problem.


The minister said further updates will be provided.

He disclosed that he and Ihekweazu briefed the president on the activities of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

They also discussed the restriction in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States, as the lockdown caused by the disease expires Monday night.


The Nigerian leader is expected to announce a 14-day ban on inter-state movement as requested by governors.

Ehanire said they gave Buhari the summary position of the PTF and the ministries, weighing health and socio-economic factors.

The minister assured that Nigeria was winning the fight against the outbreak as all relevant health institutions were working in collaboration.


He said: “The fight is going on very well. As I said, all countries have continued with the struggle against coronavirus, using the strategies that they have developed for their own countries.

“We have developed a strong strategy as we are working with other expert groups like the NCDC and relevant health organisations. So, we are also working with the states and the governors.’’

Ihekweazu said NCDC will continue to build up its testing strategies.


“At the moment, 14 testing centres have been activated across the country. We want to bring the test closer to every state. Everybody is working very hard to solve this problem.

“I can see that some people are already procuring Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits. They don’t work as far as we know. So, I will really recommend that we all stick to the National Strategy, build on it, support its expansion and together we will get on top of the pandemic,’’ he stated.



Letter poorly written – I could easily challenge this case – Sanusi mock Kano govt.

says, I have done my best in 6 years

I need to move on

Following his dethronement, Mallam Lamido Sanusi has mocked the Kano State Government for the poor manner in which his deposition letter was written.

Sanusi said going by the way in which the letter was written, it was easy for him to challenge his removal in court.

He also criticised the state government for not giving him fair hearing prior to his dethronement.

However, Sanusi said he was going to move on and did not want to return as Emir, saying he did all he could while he was the Emir of Kano for six years.

In a 45-second video clip that went viral on social media on Saturday, Sanusi said, “I have done what I could in six years, I’m moving on. I don’t want to go back. The truth is, if I had wanted to go back, the dethronement letter was so badly written, it was not done professionally. The easiest thing is just to go to court.”

“It’s simple… fair hearing. ’Did you query him? Did you ask him to defend himself? Did you even call him to ask him any question?’ No. That’s all but I think we should go on to a new phase in life,” Sanusi added.

Sanusi, who once headed the Central Bank for five years, became the 14th Emir of Kano in June 2014, following the death of his great uncle, Ado Bayero.

However, the 58-year-old was dethroned last Monday by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, over “total disrespect for lawful instructions from the office of the state government.”

According to a statement by the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, the removal of Sanusi, whose grandfather, Muhammadu Sanusi I, was deposed in 1963, was unanimously approved by the state executive council.

Reading the statement, which conveyed the dethronement of Sanusi, the Secretary to the State Government stated that the Emir was dethroned for “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state Governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organised by the government without any lawful justification which amount to total insubordination.”

The SSG further alleged that Sanusi breached Part 3 Section 13 (a-e) of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019, adding that if left unchecked, the deposed monarch would “destroy the good and established image of the Kano Emirate.”

The statement added, “This removal is made after due consultations with the relevant stakeholders and in compliance with Part 3 Section 13 of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019 and other reasons stated above.

“This removal was reached in order to safeguard the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige of the Kano Emirate built over a thousand years.”

About six hours after Sanusi’s deposition, the state government announced a new Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, a son of the 13th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who died in 2014.

The SSG said Aminu Ado Bayero’s appointment as the 15th Emir followed the recommendation received by Ganduje from the kingmakers.

The new Emir is also from the same Fulani dynasty as Sanusi.

Meanwhile, after his dethronement, Sanusi was driven to the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, from where he was taken to Nasarawa State, where he was banished to.

The deposed Emir was first taken to Loko, then Awe, both in Nasarawa State.

However, the former Emir’s lawyers on Friday secured a court order granting him freedom from illegal detention.

After the development, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, who is believed to be a close friend of the deposed Emir, travelled to Awe to visit Sanusi.

The duo later left Awe for Abuja. Hours later, Sanusi left Abuja for Lagos.

El-Rufai, Bakare visit deposed emir in Lagos

Meanwhile, Kaduna State Governor, El-Rufai and the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, were among a few people that visited the deposed emir in Lagos on Saturday.

El-Rufai posted the pictures of the visit on his verified twitter handle, @Govkaduna.

He wrote, “After the presentation of These Times, Mallam @elrufai and Pastor Tunde Bakare led a team to visit HH Muhammadu Sanusi 11who arrived Lagos last night(Friday).

Traditional rulers must accept governors as superiors –Yakasai

In the meantime, an elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, says Sanusi’s dethronement should serve as a lesson to all Emirs and other traditional leaders to accept and respect the governors in their respective states as their superiors.

Yakasai, who was Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters to a former President, the late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, said many traditional rulers found it difficult to reconcile with and respect the government of the day, hence the reason they always found themselves in trouble.

“There is a problem that I have observed. It has been happening on many occasions and it is that traditional rulers find it difficult to be under the supremacy of the government of the day,” Yakasai said in an interview with one of our correspondents.

The elder statesman, however, blamed the media for Sanusi’s crisis, saying the media persistently published the deposed emir’s utterances.

He said, “I have my opinion and the media should bear the blame. You overblew the utterances of the former emir such that he was talking.

“A large number of traditional rulers that we have don’t like to talk much. They speak less because in talking too much, you are bound to say something that will not be pleasing to some people.”

Yakasai, therefore, advised traditional rulers to continue with the tradition of talking less so as not to be misunderstood or misrepresented in their opinions.

“Everybody has to make sacrifices at one time or the other. The man who accepted to be a traditional ruler has to sacrifice to talk less. Yes, he has the right to speak but he should choose to speak less because that will be better.

“The dethronement was an unfortunate event but it has happened on many occasions before,” Yakasai said.

Sanusi to take up el-Rufai, Fayemi’s appointments

Following his deposition, sources close to Sanusi said he had decided to take up the three appointments he received from both el-Rufai and the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

Less than 48 hours after his dethronement, el-Rufai had appointed Sanusi as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University.

A statement by el-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, said the dethroned Emir succeeded the pioneer Chancellor of KASU, His Highness, Mallam Tagwai Sambo, the Chief of Moro’a in southern Kaduna.

Earlier, the Kaduna State Governor had named Sanusi as the Vice-Chairman of the Kaduna State Investment and Promotion Agency. Thus, Sanusi got two appointments from the Kaduna State Governor.

El-Rufai said the Kaduna State Government was grateful that Sanusi would support the realisation of the governance objectives of the state government.

Similarly, the Ekiti State Government said it would retain the appointment of the deposed Kano Emir as the Chancellor of the Ekiti State University.

The institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eddy Olanipekun, in a letter dated March 12, 2020 and addressed to the former emir said the university would continue to recognise Sanusi as the chancellor despite his dethronement.

The state governor, Fayemi, had appointed the deposed emir as the Chancellor of EKSU in 2019.

A source said Sanusi, who arrived in Lagos on Friday night and checked in to a popular hotel on the Island, would take up the three appointments. N.Rs culled

It was learnt that the deposed emir would move to his residence, which is also located on the Island, at a later date.

The former CBN governor, according to investigations, had been advised to also keep a low profile.

The source said, “Emir Sanusi is relaxing at a hotel on Lagos Island. He has yet to move into his house. He is going to take up the three appointments. Both el-Rufai and Fayemi are his friends. That is why he will never turn down the appointments.

“Thank God, none of the appointments is full-time. He will also not abandon his friends who have stood by him during his travail.”

It was also gathered that none of the family members of the deposed emir complained about the action of the Kano State Government.

“I think what worried them was the banishment of their father. Now that he is a free man, they are not worried anymore. What they wanted was freedom for him and they already have it.

“They are happy seeing their father, husband, uncle, cousin and breadwinner at home,’’ the source said.

Sanusi’s uncle calls for peace, unity in Kano Emirate

Meanwhile, an elder statesman in Kano and uncle to Sanusi, Alhaji Bello Isah Bayero, has advised the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, to be fair to all people irrespective of their lineage for the sustenance of peace and unity in the emirate.

Bayero in an interview with one of our correspondents said the call was necessary in order to enable the new Emir to discharge his duties effectively and with the support of all family members.

He said, “Both the former Emir and the new Emir are from the same root. So we expect nothing from the new Emir but patience with the people. If there is patience, everything will go smoothly.

“What happened in the state should be a lesson to all people as it is only God that gives power to whoever he so wishes and he takes it from whoever he so wishes.

“When the former Emir was appointed, nobody expected it and likewise when the new Emir was appointed, nobody expected it but all that happened was the will of God.

“We hope the deposed Emir will consider what happened to him as a will of God as he said in his farewell speech while the new Emir should ensure fairness to all during his reign.”

Bayero advised those who felt offended as a result of Sanusi’s dethronement to forget and forgive in order to move the Kano Emirate forward and to ensure the economic growth and development of the state.

The elder statesman urged the people of Kano State to give the new Emir all the necessary support and cooperation to ensure the success of his reign.


My dethronement known of God – Sanusi II.

Muhammadu Sanusi II on Friday said his removal from was approved by God.

Speaking in Awe, where he led Muslim prayers, Sanusi urged Muslim faithful to always obey God. He also urged them to accept his judgement in whatever happened them.

He added that there was no way anything God had not destined would come to pass. “Nigerians should continue to pray for peace and progress of the country”, he added

According to N.Rs, Sanusi also urged Muslims to fear God in all their deeds. He reminded them that every one of them must give an account of his or her deeds hereafter.

The Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai who was in Awe to visit the dethroned Emir arrived at the palace at about 12:45 pm. They quickly went into a closed-door meeting, after which they drove straight to the mosque for Friday prayers.

There was a heavy security presence during the prayer.


Sanusi arrives Lagos from Nasarawa after freedom.

Muhammadu Sanusi II has now put the horrors of the past five days behind him as he landed in Lagos in a private jet at 11.35pm on Friday.

It was a relieving climax for a day that began with the visit of Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Sanusi’s leading the Friday prayer in Awe and his speaking about his dethronement philosophically.

Then came the order from a Federal High Court in Abuja asking his captors to release him immediately.

Sanusi’s nightmare began on Monday, when he was suddenly dethroned as the Emir of Kano by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, for what his government called ‘insubordination’ to lawful authority.

Moments after the police and the DSS operatives stormed the palace to drive him, first by flying to Abuja and then by road on a seven hour gruelling journey to Loko, a town on the banks of Benue River in the central state of Nasarawa. They had rejected Sanusi’s appeal to let him go to Lagos.

The security agents, ignorant of the Nigerian constitution said the emir was banished to Loko, based on a colonial law. But the following day, the Emir was moved to Awe, in the same state, on the intervention of Nasarawa governor Abdullahi Sule and the Emir of Lafia, Sidi Bage.

Sanusi’s lawyers went to court on Friday and got an exparte order to free him from his abductors.

He is now in Lagos, where he attended secondary school as a youngster, graduating in 1977 and returned later to spend decades in the banking sector before his appointment as Central Bank Governor in 2009.

He became the emir in 2014.

“We’ve finally arrived in Lagos, In Shaa Allah this drama is behind us now”, tweeted Ashraf Sanusi, one of the emir’s children.

Ashraf also thanked the people of Awe for hosting his dad since Tuesday:


Court grants interim order to release deposed Sanusi.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted an interim order releasing the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, from house arrest.

Justice Anwuli Chikere granted the order in line with the prayers of the ex-parte motion filed on behalf of Sanusi by his lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).

Fagbemi and other Senior Advocates of Nigeria filed a lawsuit to challenge Sanusi’s banishment to Nasarawa State at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Kano State Executive Council approved Sanusi’s dethronement at a special sitting held on Monday.

Since coming on the throne, Sanusi, who rose to become governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank as a professional, has always spoken out against harmful traditions and practices in the North, often times drawing the ire of elites in the region.

He has been banished to a town named Awe in Nasarawa State where he is expected to live quietly with his family.


Sanusi moving out of Nasarawa where he was exiled to.

Following an order of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordering the release from house arrest of deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, the ex-monarch is now on his way out of the Awe tow in Nasarawa State where he had been held up.

His exit from the community comes shortly after a visit by Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday.

Kano State Executive Council approved Sanusi’s dethronement at a special sitting held on Monday.

Since coming on the throne, Sanusi, who rose to become governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank as a professional, has always spoken out against harmful traditions and practices in the North, often times drawing the ire of elites in the region.

It is not clear yet where the former Emir of Kano is headed.


Wole Soyinka slam Ganduje over Sanusi’s dethronement.

Playwright and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has taken a swipe at Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State over the dethronement of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.

Soyinka stated that Ganduje’s action is an ”innate travesty of justice, at a par with the repudiated colonial order and synonymous with authoritarianism of the crudest temper.”

Recounting how a governor in Ogun State almost removed a monarch before a friend pleaded with him to give it a second thought, the nobel laureate stated that the Kano State Governor does not have good friends.

Soyinka wrote in his statement;

“I was a participant, albeit on the sidelines, when a similar scenario began to unfold in my own state, Ogun some years ago. The then governor, on account of an imagined slight by one of the monarchs in his domain, was actually poised?—?not virtually but physically?—?poised to sign the dethronement and banishment order on that traditional ruler.

“His office was invaded by some of the panicked chiefs and stalwarts of Ogun state who rushed to ward off the impending order. One of them stopped at my home after the pacification session to narrate what had transpired, and how some of them had actually gone on their knees to plead with that governor to stay action. I was furious. I knew every detail of that affair, had listened to a recording of the speech that was supposed to have given this mighty offence. It was pure piffle!

“‘Why did you people plead with him? Don’t you realise you were making him feel a god? You should have let him carry on, then we would see what a cataclysm he had launched on the state!’

“The man, an independent businessman of absolute integrity, and one of that governor’s intimate circle, smiled and said, ‘No, we couldn’t do that. We are his friends. We were pleading with him to save him from himself.’

“What a pity Ganduje lacked friends who could have saved him from himself! Insofar as one can acknowledge certain valued elements in traditional institutions, the man he thinks he has humiliated has demonstrated that he is one of the greatest reformers even of the feudal order.

“That is beyond question, a position publicly manifested in both act and pronouncements. By contrast, Ganduje’s conduct, apart from the innate travesty of justice in this recent move, is on a par with the repudiated colonial order, one that out-feudalized feudalism itself, and is synonymous with authoritarianism of the crudest temper.

“The record shows, in this particular instance, that it is one that embodies modernised cronyism and alienated pomp and power – never mind the cosmetic gestures such as almajiri reformation. It has proved one of the worst examples of a system that enables even the least deserving to exercise arbitrary, unmerited authority that beggars even the despotism of the most feudalistic traditional arrangements.”

Soyinka who described Sanusi as one of the greatest reformers, recounted how he sanitized the banking sector when he was governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He also disclosed that as an Islamic scholar, Sanusi was also one of the early warning voices against religious extremism.

Recalling a conversation with the dethroned monarch during a recent visit, the playwright added;

“Sanusi had sounded much aware of the impending fall of the axe of vengefulness and power primitivism. I can testify that he remained totally unfazed.

“I do have the feeling that the palace gates of the Kano emirate are not yet definitively slammed against this Islamic scholar, royal scion and seasoned economist. It is just a feeling. Closed and bared, or merely shut however, the doors of enlightened society remain wide open to Muhammad Sanusi.”


Group mount pressure of Govt to release exiled Sanusi.

… Deposed emir sues IG, DSS

… Evacuates 42,000 books from Kano palace

… Remain with us forever, Awe residents beg Sanusi

The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, yesterday instituted a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order for his release from detention and confinement. Also, lawyers and civil society groups have continued mounting pressure on the federal and Kano State governments to allow the dethroned emir enjoy his freedom.

In a fundamental rights enforcement application filed by his lawyers led by Lateef Fagbemi, Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi and Abubakar Mahmoud, all Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Sanusi sought for two reliefs: “An interim order releasing him from detention and/or confinement of the respondents and restoring the applicant’s rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria (apart from Kano State) pending the hearing and determination of the Applicant’s Originating Motion.” Respondents in the suit include the Inspector General of Police, the Director General, Department of State Service (DSS), Attorney General of Kano State and the Attorney General of the Federation.

The application was brought under sections 34, 35, 40, 41 and 46 of the Nigerian Constitution, and Articles 5, 6, 10, 12(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9 LFN 2010 and Order IV Rules 3 and 4 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009. The Kano State government had on Monday, March 9, dethroned Emir Sanusi II over alleged “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organised by the government without any lawful justification which amount to total insubordination.”

The 14th emir of Kano was hours after his removal banished to Nasarawa State, a development that elicited outcry from different quarters. He was subsequently replaced by Aminu Ado Bayero, the son of the 13th emir of Kano. Deposed Emir Muhammadu Sanusi’s N200m library before and after Two days after the development, the Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Ibrahim Muktar said Sanusi II was only dethroned and not banished.

“The decision of the government was the emir was removed from office and a new emir was appointed. The issue of banishment was not part of the decision of the Kano State Government,” he said. The deposed emir now lives in Awe town of Nasarawa State amid tight security by federal forces including the police and operatives of DSS.

And following an allegation of complicity by the former governor of Kano State, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidency in a statement on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari has no hand in the travails of the deposed emir. The unfolding drama climaxed yesterday with the decision of the deposed emir to drag both the federal and the Kano State governments to court.


Why Emir Sanusi moved to Lafia from Awe in Nasarawa.

The Nasarawa state government is to provide alternative place of exile for the deposed Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II due to deplorable state of infrastructure in the remote Loko town of Nasarawa local government area of the state where he was to spend the rest of his life.

N.Rs gathered that a helicopter belonging to the governor of the state ferried Sanusi some minutes ago to Lafia the state capital amidst cheers from local residents who said they wanted him to stay with them.

His final destination is however in awe local government area, a couple of hours away from the Nasarawa state capital.


Peter Obi hits hard on Ganduje over Sanusi’s dethronement.

...says, it’s a reckless action from the executive

Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state, says the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano has impacted more negatively on Nigeria than on the former emir himself.

Obi who was the running mate to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 elections said Sanusi’s removal portrays Nigeria’s recklessness.

The former governor made this known via a thread of tweets on his personal Twitter handle, @PeterObi, on Wednesday, March 11.

Obi said the “recent reckless executive action in Kano” validates the fears on foreign investors regarding the “unceasing lawlessness and insecurity” in Nigeria.


Apostle suleman react to Emir Sanusi’s dethronement.

says, it’s not criminality to disobey the Governor

Apostle Johnson Suleman has reacted to the dethronement and banishment of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Recall Emir Sanusi’s removal was confirmed on Monday March 9 by Secretary to Kano State Government, Usman Alhaji who alleged that he (Sanusi) disrespected the lawful instructions from the office of the Governor and lawful authorities. The Kano monarch was also accused of persistently refusing to attend official meetings and programmes organized by the government without any lawful justification.

Following the removal of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor Ganduje appointed one of the sons of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, Aminu Ado Bayero as the 15th Fulani Emir of the state.

Reacting to the development, Apostle Johnson Suleman stated that disrespecting a Governor is not a criminal offence. The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries who however admitted that a Governor has the right to depose a traditional ruler, stated that a Governor does not have the right to detain anyone who has not committed an offence.

Suleman tweeted;

I can understand the dethronment of the former emir of kano.what I dont understand is the detention.over what?a governor has right to depose a traditional ruler but has no right to detain anyone who has not committed an offence.disrespecting a governor is not a criminal offence.


Buhari meets with Nasarawa governor, sule abdullahi.

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, on Wednesday met in Abuja.

The brief meeting, which held at the President’s office, was before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Sule came to the Presidential Villa about 10 am.

Though no official reason was given for his visit, it may not be unconnected with the dethroned former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, banished to his state on Monday by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.

The Kaduna State Government had on Tuesday appointed the deposed Emir of Kano, into the board of the state’s Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA) about 24 hours after his removal.

A statement from the Governor’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adekeye, on Tuesday, said that “the appointment is part of the reconstitution of the board of KADIPA, which is statutorily chaired by the Deputy Governor, and has as internal members, other senior officials of the Kaduna State Government.”

The statement added that “Kaduna State hopes to benefit from the profile, experience, intellect and networks of His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi, who before becoming Emir, had built a solid reputation in global financial circles.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai said that Kaduna State is honoured to be able to call on the services of a man of such calibre to drive its development,” the statement added in parts.


We didn’t banish Sanusi, we only took him out of Kano – AG.

The Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar, says the state government did not banish the deposed Emir, Muhammad Sanusi II.

Muktar said the state government was clear in its press statement on Monday that Sanusi was deposed but never made any reference to any banishment.

The Kano AG said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Wednesday.

He said, “If you listen to the Secretary to the State Government when he was addressing the press on the issue of the removal of the emir from office, there was nowhere he stated that the emir was banished from Kano State.

“So, the decision of the government when the emir was removed on Monday was that he was removed from office and a new one appointed. The issue of banishment was not part of the decision of the Kano State Government.

“We have been hearing from the media that he has been banished but what I know is that he was taken out of Kano State but banishment was not part of our decision. There is no such decision to the best of my knowledge.”

Muktar said security agents decided to whisk Sanusi away from Kano State due to intelligence reports they had.

He said it was normal practice for deposed emirs to be moved away to maintain peace in the state, adding that such an action was not in contravention of the constitution which guarantees freedom of movement.

The AG further stated that Sanusi was not removed because of the corruption probe but strictly because of insubordination.

He said, “The state government has not taken the law into its hands. Let me explain that the decision to remove the emir from office is administrative and was not based on the issues pending before the court. All the issues pending before the court have not to do with the removal of the emir or the dethronement.”

When asked if the anti-corruption agency in Kano would continue with Sanusi’s probe, Muktar responded, “No decision on that actually. I cannot pre-empt the position of the government on whether investigation will stop or will continue. I cannot say as of now.”

Sanusi has been in Nasarawa State since his removal on Monday and has been denied access to visitors, according to his lawyers.


Emir Sanusi flies in an Helicopter to Awe community in Nasarawa. {Video}

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the deposed Emir of Kano, was this afternoon whisked away in an helicopter from his new abode in Nasarawa state.

According to reports, he has been taken to another home in Awe town still in Nasarawa state. Awe is considerably remote compared to Loko. Loko is a small mini-port town along the bank of the River Benue. The reason for the change in location has not been disclosed.



Hushpuppi condemn Emir Sanusi’s dethronement.

Hushpuppi has condemned the dethronement of Muhammad Sanusi II, who was removed as the Emir of Kano on Monday, March 9.

Reacting via his Instagram page, the Dubai-based Nigerian big boy said the removal of Sanusi as the Emir of Kano signals ‘the beginning of the end of Nigeria’

Seriously, yesterday’s historic event of the Emir’s removal by a governor caught on camera taking hundreds of thousands of dollar bribe just dawned on me that Nigeria will never get better, only worse from things like this happening.

I think this is the beginning of the end of Nigeria and it’s happening right before our eyes! Until that country is taken out of the hands of this old corrupt and manipulative politicians, there will be no hope for our children and their children. Actions needs to be taken so it doesn’t continue like this.


Emir Sanusi accept dethronement in ‘Good Faith’

The former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has spoken after he was dethroned by the Kano State government.

In a video that went viral, Sanusi said he has accepted his dethronement in good fate and described it as the will of God.

The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who spoke in Hausa language, noted that his removal was best for him, according to God’s plan.

He insisted that there was no reason to be sad over his removal and urged the people to be appreciative and believe in God’s decision.

The former emir said:

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings of God be on his messenger, Muhammad, the son of Abdullah.

All glory be to God for the favours he bestowed on us. Part of those favours was my enthronement as Emir of Kano on the 8th of June 2014.

I am grateful to God for sustaining me in good health for nearly six years on the throne of my forefathers.

Today, the only power that gaveth authority has taken it away from me. As I use to say, power has a life span.

Days on any throne are numbered, once your time is off you have to leave whether you like it or not.

I have, therefore, accepted this destiny in good faith. I am grateful and happy for God knows what is best for me.

I am also grateful to the good people of Kano State for their love and obedience to me and all those who assisted me in my rulership.

I must also thank my kinsmen who stood by me through thick and thin. I urge you people to remain calm and peaceful.

I have also instructed my immediate family and those under me to pledge allegiance and respect whoever succeeds me for the integrity of the Kano throne.

What Allah has destined is right. Do not be angry.

#Newsworthy. …

Emir sanusi’s lawyers make threats on legal actions amidst sanusi’s dethronement.

Lawyers of the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi (II), have threatened to take legal action if the state authorities don’t release him within the next 24 hours.

The lawyers said this while briefing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja while the emir was being moved from Loko Development Area of Nasarawa State to Awe Local Government Area.

This comes barely 24 hours after the Kano State Government removed Sanusi as Emir of Kano.

The Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji, made the announcement during the State Executive Council meeting which held at the Government House in Kano.

Alhaji explained that the state government took the decision to remove the traditional ruler over allegations of consistently refusing to abide by instructions given to him.

According to him, the removal was in line with the recommendation of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission which had summoned the emir.

The commission had asked the traditional ruler to respond to a petition accusing him of selling lands belonging to the Kano Emirate to the tune of N2 billion.

But in documents obtained by Channels Television and signed by the chairman of the commission, Sanusi was accused of obstructing the investigation of the commission by securing a restriction order from a court.

#Newsworthy. ..