Sunday, 8 June 2014

Announcement of Sanusi as new Emir of Kano triggers riot in Kano

Okechukwu Onuegbu

Kano Protest
Angry youths
The tweets of Jamil Abubakar, Son of Inspector General of Police, has said that riot has broken out in Kano state of Nigeria following the announcement of former Nigerian central bank chief, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano.
In his tweets, Jamil says the people of Kano are not happy with the announcement and are causing trouble in the town.
Jamil also said the situation has been brought under control with no life lost.

NAN also reported that rioting occurred on Sunday around the palace of the Emir of Kano as the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was announced the new Emir of Kano.
The rioting started at the Kofar Kudu area, near the Emir’s palace, shortly after the Kano State Government announced Sanusi as the successor to late Alhaji Ado Bayero.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who witnessed the rioting reports that soon after the announcement of Sanisu, residents of the neighbouring streets trooped out to the palace area in opposition to the choice.
The angry mob set tyres on fire and mounted road blocks as they shouted, “Ba muso, ba muso’’, meaning, “we don’t want, we don’t want’’ in apparent reference to the choice of Sanusi by the state government.
The mob threw stones at passing vehicles, a situation which was brought under control with the quick arrival of a detachment of policemen, civil defence personnel and the state Hisbah
Recalled, the immediate past governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, Lamido Sanusi,was, today named the new emir of the powerful Kano emirate, to succeed late Ado Bayero
Mr. Sanusi’s appointment was announced Sunday by the the secretary to the Kano state government, Suleiman Bichi.
The announcement followed the recommendation of the four members of the Kingmaker council who nominated the new emir to the governor.
The four kingmakers who nominated Mr. Sanusi include the Makaman Kano, Sarki Ibrahim, the Sarki Bai, Alhaji Adnana, the Sarki Dawaki Mai Tuta, Bello Abubakar, and the Madakin Kano Yusuf Na Buhari.
The man Sanusi
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was born in Kano Northern Nigeria, on July 31, 1961. He obtained degrees in Economics and Islamic Law from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the International University of Africa, Khartoum.
After teaching economics for two years at the Ahmadu Bello University, he started a banking career in 1985 with Icon Limited (Merchant Bankers) and later worked with the United Bank for Africa Plc and First Bank of Nigeria Plc.
His banking career spanned various fields including issuing House activity, Financial Advisory Services and Credit marketing.
However, it was in the field of Risk Management that he earned his professional reputation, having distinguished himself as the Chief Risk Officer in the two largest banks in the Country, UBA Plc and FBN Plc.
He rose to the position of Group Managing Director/Chief Executive officer of First Bank Plc, the largest bank in the country in January, 2009 and was appointed the 10th Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in June, 2009.
He was however, suspended from office by President Goodluck Jonathan on 20 February 2014 accused of “financial recklessness”.
Prior to his suspension, Mr. Sanusi had exposed a $20 billion shortfall in the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC




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