Protesters yesterday took to the streets of the ancient city of Kano following the announcement of former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, as the new Emir of Kano.
Sanusi had earlier been announced as the new emir by the Kano State government following the scrutiny of four contenders by the Emirate Council.
The former Emir, Ado Bayero, died on Friday at the age of 84 years.
The Secretary to the State Government, Rabi’u Suleiman Bichi, had announced the selection of Sanusi after his recommendation by kingmakers and approval by Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.
He noted that the governor chose Sanusi out of three candidates forwarded to him by the kingmakers.
“Under state customary law, the kingmakers, comprising the Madaki, Sarkin Bai, Makaman and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta, had sat down and forwarded three names to the government to choose the one that will succeed the late Emir Ado Abdullahi Bayero.
“Out of the three contenders, whose names were submitted to the Emirate Council, the kingmakers, it is resolved that due to the outstanding qualities of Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emirate Council who is vested with powers on the appointment of a new Emir of Kano at this point in time in accordance to its customs has appointed Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano,” the SSG said.
However, the announcement has triggered protests in the Kano metropolis. It was gathered that the emergence of Sanusi did not meet the expectations of some people.