His Highness, Sarki Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano, northwest Nigeria, on Monday assumed duties with an appeal to Kano residents to embrace peace, harmony and unity.
Members of the Kano Emirate Council, District Heads, including sons of the late Emir Ado Bayero came in to pay homage to the new Emir.
For security reasons, Sarki Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as at Monday was receiving visitors in Kano Government House, pending when all arrangements would be concluded to usher him into the Emir’s Palace.
Sanusi who is the 14th Fulani Emir of Kano kingdom urged those who contested the seat with him to accept the outcome and join him in taking Kano Emirate to greater heights.
The new Emir said his desire was to build on the legacies of his predecessor, Ado Bayero, adding that without peace and unity, the Emirate may not be able to carry out its responsibilities to the Kano people.
He told journalists shortly before receiving his appointment letter from Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, that he was determined to carry everybody along as long as he reigns as the Emir of Kano.
“I urge Kano people to always have the fear of God in all their undertakings so that peace and harmony will continue to reign in the state.”
Sanusi also advocated for unity amongst the Emirate Council, noting that, “I have no grudges or acrimony against anyone. Let me tell you that I am married to the first daughter of the late Emir who is my first wife at home and more so, the Turaki Kano, Nasiru Ado Bayero is my bosom brother. We slept together in one room for about 10 years and at this time, why should we go against each other? We are the same family.”
He also promised to be fair and just in carrying out his responsibilities as the father of all.
“In every contest, there is a winner and loser, so the loser should take the outcome of the result in good faith because power is given by God,” he said.
He also condoled with the family of the late Emir of Kano with the promise to continue with the good work of the late Emir.
Governor Kwankwaso who presented appointment letter to the new Emir thanked the people of Kano state for understanding and cooperating during the selection process.
“Whatever that must have happened on the emergence of the new Emir, the people of Kano should take it as an act of God because there were speculations that the whole process was politicised.
“I stand to say that such notions are wrong in the sense that three names were presented to me by the four king makers; but some people said the new Emir’s name was not included. That is not true. Let me be categorical state, he (Sanusi) was top on the list and as such, I can call the king makers as my witness.”
Governor Kwankwaso also offered houses to the family of the late Emir Ado Bayero and promised that the state government will continue to give them adequate attention in terms of support and welfare.
The keys to the houses were handed over to the Wali Kano, Alhaji Mahe Bashir Wali for distribution to the children of the late Emir.
Speaking on behalf of the Emirate Council, the Wambai Kano who is the Senior Councilor of the Kano Emirate, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi expressed happiness over the appointment of Sarki Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and pledged to give him all the necessary support.
P.M.NEWS reports that normalcy has gradually returned to the city and there were indications that Sarki Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is set to engage the family of the late Emir Ado Bayero in full-scale reconciliation.
Sarki Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was born in Kano on 31 July 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 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.
Sanusi 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, a position he held until his suspension by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in February, 2014.
He was appointed the Emir of Kano on 8 June 2014.