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Kano Emirate Councils Fear Sanusi’s Return as Portrait Reappears in Coronation Hall

The portrait of dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has reappeared at the main Coronation Hall of the State, causing fear and uncertainty among the five Kano emirate councils created by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that there has been speculation that Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf is planning to reinstate Sanusi as the sole Emir of Kano instead of the five existing emirs.

Former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had fragmented the State Emirate Councils into five of main Kano, Rano, Karaye, Bichi and Gaya with the Emir of Kano as the Chairman of the State Councils of Emirs.

Recall that the state government denied moves to reinstate Sanusi. However, the recent resurfacing of his portrait at the main coronation hall has led to speculations.

In reaction to the speculations, Governor Yusuf’s spokesman, Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, said the portrait was replaced as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the coronation hall.

He said that the hall was built for Sanusi’s presentation of staff of office after he was crowned as the emir in 2014, and that his portrait is therefore traditionally supposed to remain there forever.

He said, “So traditionally, his picture shall remain there forever. Bringing back the picture of the 14th is part of the ongoing rehabilitation to give the coronation hall a face lift.