Monday, June 9, 2014

Sanusi Lamido emerges new Emir of Kano, protests in Kano

Former Governor of Central Bank, Lamido Sanusi Lamido was yesterday named the new Emir of Kano to succeed late Ado Bayero who died on Friday.

Sanusi, by his appointment becomes the 14th Emir of Kano.

The ex-CBN governor's appointment brought to an end, the succession battle which pitted the contenders and their supporters against one another.

The Bayero ruling house has ruled Kano for a century out of which the late Bayero was on the throne for 51 years.

As with most contests of this nature, Sanusi's choice did not down well with some Kano people, who expected the late Emir's first son to succeed his father.

There were reports of violence along the British Council area of the city which shares a fence with the Emir's Palace and around the Lodge Road where the state Government House is located.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, some residents of the neighbouring streets trooped out to the palace area in opposition to the choice.

They 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.

However, security officials who were prepared for any eventuality quelled it before it got out of hand.

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