Friends spoil for war as Sanusi accepts dethronement

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The dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ii, has said that his removal is nothing new because every power is transient except that of God.

“The throne of an emir is not permanent, every king and leader should know this, If it were a permanent throne, I wouldn’t have been the emir of Kano”, Sanusi said in a video posted on his Facebook page.

He added, “Before I came, someone was the emir and before him someone else was there, therefore, it’s nothing that would shock anybody.”

Muhammadu Sanusi II added that “Whenever God says your time on the throne is over, if you don’t leave with your legs, people will carry your body out of the palace.”

Sanusi insisted that the most important thing to a leader is a sound and peaceful end, “therefore I thank God that brings to me a peaceful end without any rancor or chaos”.

“We thank the prophets, Imams, those who have been behind us all this years. We call on the entire Umah to remain in peace.

“Any person who succeeds me should be accepted by the people of Kano so he can end well.

“God does not make a mistake, whatever he gives is the best, and today don’t be disturbed, whatever thing that God started, it is the end we hope for and may God help this to end well.

“We thank the entire Muslims who have been supporting us year by year, the entire people of Kano and may god help them to continue to live in people. May god give us a good leader and give our land back to us.

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“We leave you people with sweetheart and thanks.”

Meanwhile, his close associates are said to be warming up to challenge his deposition and banishment to Loko in Nasarawa State.

They believe Sanusi was not given a fair hearing and condemned the shabby treatment given to such a prominent Nigerian.

A corporate giant, Atedo Peyerside, expressed sadness at the development and described it as “unacceptable.”

On Twitter, he wrote: “The Nigerian Constitution makes it clear that a person accused of wrong doing must be afforded a fair hearing. Emir Lamido Sanusi’s accusers cannot be the ones to pronounce him guilty. This is unacceptable in 21st Century Nigeria.

“In 1888 King Jaja of Opobo was exiled by the British to St. Vincent in the West Indies. This act of injustice still hurts us in Opobo Town till this day. The Nigerian Constitution makes such acts illegal. How can Kano Governor exile Emir Sanusi in 2020?”

Security agents whisked him away from the residence where he was kept upon his arrival around 2.30am on Tuesday morning to an unknown location.