Metro How the Military Govt Dethroned Sultan Dasuki.Can HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi be Dethroned?



With the emergence of Nigeria's former central bank governor, Sanusi Lamiso Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano every Nigerian has suddenly become interested in the Kano Emirate. The media is agog with rumours of the imminent arrest and possibly removal of Nigeria's latest Emir, Sanusi. The question on the lips of many Nigerians is "Can HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi be dethroned by the government? ".

The question gets even louder considering Sanusi's controversial personality and the revelation that his grandfather, Muhammadu Sunusi, who was the 11th Fulani Emir of Kano was deposed.

In January, 2013 National Mirror covered the story of a former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki who was deposed on April 20,1996 by the Nigerian government. National Mirror wrote, "On April 20, 1996, the eight-year reign of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, suddenly came to an end. Without smelling a rat, the Sultan responded to an urgent invitation to see the state’s military administrator, Colonel Yakubu Mu’azu, in his office. As was the style of first-class monarchs, the sultan responded to the invitation by being chauffeur-driven to the Sokoto Government House in a long convoy and with a retinue of palace officials. But certain things happened at that moment that shocked him. On getting to the state house, the military administrator did not come out to receive him as was the practice. Then, he was also surprised at the unusually high number of armed military guards at the government house. Also, as he made to enter the administrator’s inner office, Dasuki’s palace officials were denied entry with him. Since that was not the practice, the Sultan protested but he was curtly told that the administrator wanted to meet with him alone. At that stage, the monarch began to sense trouble.

"At the administrator’s office was also the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Tsav, and the state director of the State Security Service, SSS, Alhaji Aboki. To the sultan’s amazement, the administrator told him that he (the Sultan) had committed unpardonable offences against the people, Islam and the state. He added that after due consultation with the kingmakers, the sultan had been deposed and banished from Sokoto. To the monarch, it was like a bad dream as he could not believe his ears. He began to shiver while a letter of sack given to him by the administrator fell off his clasped hands. But Tsav, the commissioner of police, picked it up and tucked it into his hands. Dasuki at first was short of words as he quivered in disbelief. But at a stage, he found his voice and looked up straight at the administrator, “Why would you disgrace the Uthman Dan Fodio family like this?” But Mu’azu, the military administrator, having performed his brief, simply walked out of his office. This was during the rule of military Head of State, General Sani Abacha".

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Source: #NationalMirror

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