by Akan Ido
The crisis following the selection of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Emir of Kano is yet to abate as the newly crowned royal is yet to relocate to the palace.
Sanusi is said to be holding court at the Government House, Kano due to the precarious security situation in the state. Protests had broken out in the ancient city as soon as the state governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso announced Sanusi as the new Emir ahead of late Ado Bayero’s son, who many believed was the frontrunner in the lead up to the contest.
Sanusi who was presented with the traditional regalia and the instruments of office by the four Kano kingmakers yesterday met with Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, and his Imo counterpart, Rochas Okorocha.
As at yesterday night, the palace of the Emir was still under lock and keys with a heavy presence of security men noticed at the location. A Nigeria Airforce helicopter was also reported to have been hovering around the city for much of yesterday.
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who was the immediate past Central Bank Governor, got suspended by President Goodluck Jonathan after the former raised alarm over a ‘missing’ $50 billion accrued to the FG from Nigeria’s oil and gas proceeds.
President Goodluck Jonathan is yet to send a congratulatory message to the new Emir but his party, the Peoples Democratic Party sent a message urging Sanusi to rule with honour and eschew politics.