While Ganduje Reduces Sanusi’s Status In Kano, Sanusi Gets UN Appointment + MTN Non-Eexcutive Director Positions
Sanusi, the Emir of Kano, can aptly be described as the proverbial cat with nine lives. This is because, while all the attempts by Ganduje to enthrone more Emirs into the Kano Emirate was going on, in the absence of Muhammadu Sanusi who was on a lesser hajj in Saudi Arabia, the latter was getting international appointments.
Sanusi only returned to Kano last Sunday, and many residents of Kano trooped to Aminu Kano International Airport to welcome him. The crowd cheered him and pledged their loyalty to Sanusi, as the Emir’s convoy headed for the palace from the airport, but with the crowd, the journey lasted for hours.
The traditional rulers who welcomed him at the airport were Makama Kano, district head of Wudil; Abdullahi Ibrahim, district head of Doguwa; and Aliyu Umar, district head of Warawa.
The Kano House of Assembly had previously transmitted the bill to break up the emirate to Abdullahi Ganduje, on Wednesday and he gave assent to it a few hours later. And despite a court order restraining him from implementing the law, Ganduje swiftly appointed four new emirs and handed them staff of office on Saturday, thus splitting the emirate into five.
The new emirs are Aminu Ado Bayero (Bichi), Ibrahim Abdulkadir (Gaya), Tafida Abubakar (Rano), and Ibrahim Abubakar (Karaye). And they will all share the 44 LGA’s previously under Sanusi with him. Sanusi now has just 10 LGA’s under him.
Since his return Sanusi, has not made any public comment on this issue. The enthronement of new Emirs by the governor is believed to be an act of vendetta against Sanusi, who was said to have worked against his re-election.
Interestingly, while the enthronement saga was ongoing, the United Nations, announced the appointment of His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, as one of its new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates, for 2019-2020.
António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, who made the announcement on in New York, said the appointment is sequel to the UN member states’ agreement to accomplish the SDGs by 2030.
Emir Sanusi is the only Nigerian on the 17-man secretary-general’s list of SDGs Advocates, co-chaired by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, of Ghana, and Prime Minister Erna Solberg, of Norway.
The responsibilities of the selected advocates include, to promote the goals, raise awareness with new audiences, maintain global commitment and call for greater ambition, and quantifiable actions to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
Emir Sanusi’s latest appointment also came few days after Nigeria’s telecoms giant, MTN, appointed the former Central Bank Governor as a Non-Executive Director effective July 1, 2019. His appointment is part of a board room shake-up at Africa’s biggest wireless carrier, which will also see the on-boarding of South Africa’s former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas as a new group chairman.
As a reaction to the enthronement of other Emir’s, a District Head of Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano, Haruna Sanusi, resigned his appointment 48 hours after the installation of four new emirs in the state.
Sanusi’s Monday resignation was a proof of his loyalty to Muhammadu Sanusi, and his displeasure over Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s actions. The traditional ruler, Sanusi, cited “health ground and recent changes in the emirate system” as reason for his resignation.
As it stands, Kano emirate headed by Sanusi has 10 local governments: Kano Municipal, Tarauni, Dala, Nassarawa, Fagge, Gwale, Kumbotso, Ungogo, Dawakin Kudu and Minjibir.
Rano emirate will control Rano, Bunkure, Kibiya, Takai, Sumaila, Kura, Doguwa, Tudun Wada, Kiru, Bebeji.
While Gaya emirate has Gaya, Ajingi, Albasu, Wudil, Garko, Warawa, Gezawa, Gabasawa LGAs.
Karaye emirate, now has Karaye, Rogo, Gwarzo, Kabo Rimin Gado, Madobi, Garun Malam LGAs.
Bichi emirate will control Bichi, Bagwai, Shanono, Tsanyawa, Kunchi, Makoda, Danbatta, Dawakin Tofa, Tofa LGA’s.