CAIRO – The appointment of Lamido Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano has sparked mixed reactions across Nigeria's Muslim community after the country’s largest Islamic organization regarded his choice as “God Made” , while angry youth protested his appointment, demanding the job to pass from late Emir to his son..
“The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, congratulates Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on his appointment as the new Emir,” Ishaq Oloyede, the Secretary-General of the Council, stated in a statement on Monday, June 9, in Abuja cited by Nigeria’s Premium Times.
“His reputation as a public social commentator and unequivocal support for the emancipation of the poor and the deprived (is well known).”
Nigeria Muslims Bid Farewell to Emir of Kano
Oloyede added that Sanusi’s appointment “convinced us that a good choice has been made”.
“His unambiguous program for the advancement of our great country and nationalistic disposition and clear understanding of contemporary issues and known commitment to God, convinced us that a good choice has been made’’, NSCIA said.
Oloyede, a professor, said the entire Muslim community in Nigeria “wishes His Royal Highness Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, a long fruitful and productive tenure in the advancement of Kano emirate, the nation and the humanity”.
The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria was announced as the new Emir of Kano on Sunday following the demise of Abdullahi Ado Bayero on Friday at the age of 84, having reigned for 51 years.
He has been buried according to Islamic rites, with his funeral attended by prominent Muslim figures including the Sultan of Sokoto and head of the country's Muslim community Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar.
As warm wishes showed Sanusi from NSCIA, hundreds of youths protested on Monday against his appointment after the demise of his great uncle and backing the late emir eldest son.
"They are really wild and angry with the state governor about the choice of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the emir ... They stopped our vehicle and insisted that we must put tree branches on it as solidarity with their protest," tailor Alhaji Adamu Scorer told Reuters.
According to Reuters, protesters backing the late emir's oldest son, Lamido Ado Bayero, chanted "Ba ma son", or "We don't want" in the Hausa language, and "Kariya ne", meaning "It's a lie", near the emir's palace in Kano, the north's main city.
Sanusi is known as an outspoken critic of the government's record on corruption.
He was suspended from his post at the bank in February by President Goodluck Jonathan after presenting parliament with evidence that the state oil firm Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had failed to pay $20 billion into federal coffers.
The new Emir of Kano was popular among international investors for his inflation-fighting policies.
But his past clashes with the government could make him a more divisive figure on the local stage than his predecessor, who largely stayed out of politics.
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