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Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, named the new Emir of Kano. Residents protest
| June 09, 2014
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has been chosen as the 14th Emir of Kano. The Secretary to the Kano State Government announced the selection saying, âI have the honour to announce that after a careful study of the kingmakersâ selection and advice, we have chosen the former CBN Governor, and the DanâMajen Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new Emir of Kanoâ. The emir's throne became vacant after the death of the former Emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero. Alhaji Sanisu Lamido Sanusi was chosen from a group that included, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi, his uncle, and senior counselor of the Kano Emirate council, Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero, the eldest son of the late emir, Chiroma Kano and Alhaji Tijjani Hashim. However, there were several protests around the city of Kano after his selection was announced. Some people around the city took to the streets chanting, ââBa muso, ba musoââ, which means, ââwe donât want, we donât wantââ. Implying that they were not happy with the selection of Sanusi . Most of them had expected Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero, the eldest son of the late emir to be the next Emir. Also, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Northern States Governorsâ Forum had initially issued statements congratulating Sanusi Ado Bayero, the son of late Ado Bayero, as the new Emir but they withdrew the statements after the Secretary to the Kano State Government announced the selection.

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OMOTAYO, J. A.    Accra, GHANA    June 24, 2014
Accept my congratulations, Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Leadership comes with responsibilities. There are personal sacrifices to make for the collective good. There are tough choices to make for the collective good. There are unlimited kindness to extend to the underprivileged so that they can survive.

I challenge our new Emir of Kano to look back and use that as a pedestal to move forward.
Kano has a long history. There was a time when Kano was central to everything called Northern Nigeria because of her socio-economic and cultural influences.

One of such times, I learnt, was when the late Othman Dan Fodio had to seek permission from the Emir of Kano to settle in the remotest part of the kingdom, Sokoto village. The journey to Mecca and Medina for spiritual cleansing and anointment, the trans-Saharan trade, etc remain part of Kano history.

There was a time when Kano State alone had more dams than all other States in Nigeria combined.
The political influence of the Emir of Kano has dwindled. The restriction of the Emir of Kano to his local government in the 1980s marked the beginning of unwanted history.

So also was the attempted attack on the late Emir by restive and aggressive group within kingdom. The groundnut pyramid has disappeared. Nature itself is turning another way. Sahara desert is fast encroaching. Flooding is more rampant. Socially, the series of bombings in Kano in recent years has created an impression that peace and security are flying away.

Restoring Kano to her old glorious state will be a Herculean task. But it is possible. It is possible if the leadership is committed to honesty, human kindness, accommodation of opposing views, and most importantly a deep trust in Allah (God). You will make history if Kano is restored. I challenge you to think in this light.

I leave the rest till another time. Once again, CONGRATULATIONS.
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