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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II : The Last Emir of a Once United Kano Emirate

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Despite the fact that Emir Sanusi was caught in the web of his own contradictions. His emergence and eventual dethronement as Emir of Kano was one of those circumstances where fate and politics crossed each other’s path at the wrong point in history.

Looking at a man who invested ₦200million to purchase over 40,000 books and journals catalogued in his library shows the level of education, exposure and temperament he presides with over the 21st century nation-state but he chose to become an Emir whose authority and influence are largely symbolic and ceremonial.

Ever since his ascension to the throne, the stage was set for such implacable ending. This is because, the type of public role he envisioned and struggled to carve for himself was incompatible with royal life. This also includes his nostalgic decision to model his reign after the order of his grandfather, adopting the name and style of the latter which lead him to this fate.

Also Read: The Dethroned Emir of Kano Gets New Appointment in Kaduna State

Emir Sanusi’s collision with political power was actually inevitable which was why he was queried twice over disagreements with the state government in the few months he spent as Emir with Kwankwaso as Governor. It is obvious that Emir Sanusi’s biggest contradiction is his attempt to cast himself as a royal revolutionary, an activist Emir that is far ahead of his time

However, revolution and royalty don’t mix- it only explodes with the bearer. All over the world, even in constitutional monarchies, royals are expected to lead a life of relative quietude and discretion. To Emir Sanusi, he became an activist Emir who is not hindered by the traditional gag of the Amawali. The people are accustomed to seeing their Emirs rather than hearing them.

In spite of those contradictions, Emir Sanusi occupies a higher moral pedestal than his ‘dethroners’ will ever dream of. And above all, his vision of the society closely aligns with mine, and with that of all lovers of National Progress.

When he chose to speak the truth, I believe Emir Sanusi was fully aware of the potential consequences of his choices and actions. He was willing to pay the ultimate price; I guess he told after the fate of his grandfather. Even in the last few weeks of his reign when the reality of his dethronment began to manifest as Ganduje’s schemes appear unrelenting, he carried on with a sense of divine resignation. 

More disturbing was the manner Ganduje went about his misadventures, by first balkanizing the Emirate into five smaller emirates and significantly eroding its royal reputation. The fact that any politician in power could depose a first-class Emir and disfigure a historic emirate with such ease and arbitrariness should send shivers down the spine of every northern royal. By that singular action, Ganduje delivered a blow from which the emirate will never fully recover.

Ganduje couldn’t have attempted or succeeded in this without the active connivance of rival members of the Kano royal family. Both sides of the royal family have their fair share of blame in this crisis, for allowing themselves to become willing tools at the hands of politicians. At the end, with the splitting of the emirate into 5 smaller emirates, they ended up losing the very emirate they were fighting so hard to rule.

For Emir Sanusi, this is obviously the beginning of another interesting chapter. Because even outside emirateship, Emir Sanusi will continue to divide opinions along very sharp lines. Many people see the Emir as a symbol of reform in a region wallowing in the abyss of poverty and underdevelopment. His supporters see him as a royal eccentric and reformer, who is out to redefine Emirship in the 21st century.

Caught in a web he could not break from, Emir Sanusi’s reign has ended before it started through politics. He paid a huge price as a royal revolutionary. If it were in the past when emirs had real power, he will make a great emir given his erudition and the visionary prowess to roll out reforms that are capable of pushing his backward subjects forward. But today, the reality is quite different, and he will be remembered more for his glittering reign than for his role in the history of Kano.

Even as the throne is taken away from him, Emir Sanusi’s reaction to his dethronment has become a royal class act that’s reserved for the history books. His manner of acknowledging his deposition letter and his video address to the people accepting his dethronment and calling for calm demonstrate. Those pristine qualities that transcends the realm of Emiral power is Emir Sanusi’s biggest victory as the Last Emir of a once united Kano Emirate.

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Lagos govt set to ease home ownership

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July 16, 2021

Lagos State Government says it is upscaling its housing delivery performance and subsidising the cost of the homes to reduce the barrier to home ownership in the state.

Lagos State Commissioner for Housing, Mr Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, made this known on Friday in a statement signed by Mrs Adeola Salako, Spokesperson of the ministry.

The commissioner said this was a response to the growing gap in housing demand in relation to the available accommodation in the state.

Akinderu-Fatai said the government was committed to the provision of affordable mass housing units in spite of the increasing cost of building materials occasioned by the current inflationary trend.

He said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had directed that cost of homes built by the state should be lower than the market price to make home ownership easier for the people.

Akinderu-Fatai said that the government was pursuing the agenda of housing provision with increased vigour to ensure that more homes are available for residents before the end of the year.

“We are engaging multinationals along with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies to build and support the financing of buildings in the state.

“This is the viable option, given the fact that land is a limited resource in the state,” he said.

He said with population upsurge, meaningful impact could be achieved through space maximisation by the construction of high-rise buildings where progress was being recorded.

According to him, the state’s housing schemes, located in Odo-Onosa Ayandelu, Agbowa, Sangotedo Phase 1, Gbagada and Omole Phase 1, will be delivered soon.

The commissioner explained that the projects were being financed through direct budgetary allocation for the benefit of low and middle-income earners to come on the home ownership ladder.

He said this would be accomplished through a convenient mortgage system where homes shall be allocated through the Rent-to-Home Scheme and whereby the tenure of payment would be 120 months.

Akinderu-Fatai said that an initial payment of five per cent of the value of the homes by the allottees was required before spreading the balance.

He listed other schemes that were being constructed through direct budgetary allocation to include Egan-Igando, LASU, Ita-Marun in Epe and Ajara.

The commissioner said though these schemes were inherited from previous administrations, the government was committed to speedy delivery in line with the THEMES agenda.

“Housing provision is pivotal to the transformation of the lives of the people,” Akinderu-Fatai said.

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Tributes, tears as multitude views TB Joshua’s corpse

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July 8, 2021

Tears flowed and tributes continued on Thursday at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Ikotun, Lagos, as its late Founder, Prophet T.B. Joshua, was laid in state.
Joshua died after a church service at SCOAN on June 5 , few days to his 58 birthday anniversary.
He will be buried on Friday (July 9).
The lying-in-state was part of his burial rites as announced by SCOAN.
SCOAN had at a news conference on June 29  said that July 5 to July 11 would be  dedicated for a series of Joshua’s  ‘laying to rest’ activities tagged: ‘Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Prophet Joshua (1963 to 2021)’.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports hundreds of people from different cultures and  countries lined up on Thursday to pay last respect to the SCOAN founder.

 The Manager of Super Sport, DSTV, Mr Felix Awogu, told newsmen at the event that Joshua had been a major financier of sports in Nigeria.
He said that the prophet pulled the national team out of financial crisis during the 2013 Nation’s Cup.
According to him,  the prophet donated a huge sum of money to the national team to support  the project.
“A lot of people don’t know what he has done for sports in Nigeria, he made us become successful in sports.
“He has also been a major supporter of special sports for disabled athletes in Nigeria.
“I wonder how they are going to survive. He was supporting them quietly,” Awogu said.
He also said that Joshua donated  $150,000 to support the Olympic Village Project in Brazil.
“He was so passionate about sports that he had a football club called My People FC, which has produced a lot of young players in the national team,” Awogu added.
The Founder of Belema Oil Producing Ltd., Mr Tein Jack-Rich, and his wife,  Elizabeth, described the late prophet as a kind and great philanthropist.
According to the couple, the prophet preached love and never discriminated against anyone.
Pastor Modesta Montero from Ecuador  said that the SCOAN founder helped his community to rebuild a school destroyed by earthquake.
He said that Joshua donated  $400,000 to the school and built an information technology  centre for the community.
Montero added that Joshua taught him that “Christian life is practical and should be lived out of love for others”.
NAN reports that there was a large crowd outside the church premises as people waited patiently for their turns to see the prophet for the last time.
The programme was anchored by two comedians, Mr Gbenga Adeyinka and K.C Brown, who invited special attendees
to the podium to speak about Joshua’s life.
NAN

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Ensure Kano remains home to all Nigerians, Buhari tells new Kano emir

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July 4, 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero, to ensure that Kano remained home to all Nigerians, regardless of their religion, tribe and ethnic affiliations.

The President gave the advice on Saturday at the presentation of Staff of office to him as the 15th Emir from the Fulani ruling class of Kano Emirate.
Represented by Vice President Yomi Osinbajo, the President said: “we are proud of Kano’s legacy of tolerance.
“Your Royal Highness, it is this city which God has given you good fortune of being its owner. Privilege, which you know, comes with obligations. Your great father was known for his courage, honesty and integrity.
“Your Royal Highness, I need not say to you that Kano is not an ordinary city, in both historical and modern times. It is a major commercial and economic center in Africa and melting pot of diverse tribes and cultures, assimilated into a vibrant and cohesive home.
“We are all proud of the city. It is a home and city of the socialist man of the people, late Malam Aminu Kano, and many of his disciples.
“It is also the home of the capitalist richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote. Wherever you are from and whoever you are, you must feel at home in Kano,” the President said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the epoch-making event was well attended by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar and traditional rulers from different parts of the country, including from neighboring Niger and Cameroun republics.
Govs. Aminu Masari of Katsina, Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Aminu waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos also attended the coronation.
Others included the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, President of the  Senate,  Sen. Ahmad Lawan, members of  the diplomatic corps, as well as religious leaders from different parts of the country.
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje appointed Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero as the new Emir of Kano in April 2020, to replace deposed Muhammadu Sanusi II.
The new emir, son of the late Emir Ado Bayero, was until his appointment, the em3ir of the newly created Bichi emirate.
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