Dethroned Emir of Kano, and former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Muhammadu Sanusi II, said he has taken his removal as the Emir in good faith as he believed it was the will of Allah.
The now dethroned Emir had recorded a video clip shortly before he was moved out of the palace in Kano on Monday, stating that he had no reason to be sad as everything was already destined by God.
“With almost six years on this throne and (in charge of) our heritage, today (Monday), the Almighty Allah, who gave me the leadership, has destined to take it back.
“As I always say, leadership has predetermined tenure, the days Allah destined are numbered. When the days come to an end one must leave.
“We have accepted whatever Allah decides. We have agreed. We appreciate (God). We are happy and we know it is what is best for us.
“We enjoin everyone to remain peaceful. We have directed our family, our children and those that support us that whoever gets it and is endorsed by the people they should pay allegiance to him.
“They should follow him (the new emir). They should guard his honour and dignity because that is also the honour and dignity of this palace,” Sanusi said.
However, the Kano State Executive Council endorsed Sanusi’s removal at a special sitting held on Monday.
According to several reports, since Sanusi mounted the throne as the Emir of Kanu after leaving the Central Bank of Nigeria as a Governor, he has at all times spoken out against harmful traditions and practices in the North, oftentimes drawing the ire of elites in the region.
The state executive council led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State claimed that Sanusi was removed for displaying disregard for laid down traditional rules.
Sanusi has been banished to a town named Loko in Nasarawa State where he is expected to live quietly with his family.