Sanusi Turbaned New Emir Of Kano Amid Tight Security

Former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Lamido Sanusi, has been turbaned as the new Emir of Kano. The turbaning, which took place on Monday in Kano, was held amid heavy Police presence.


The policemen condoned off the area, restricting the movement of people from the venue of the installation.


Sanusi was announced the 14th Emir of Kano to replace the late Ado Bayero, who died on Friday, at the age of 83.


EARLIER UPDATE as the turbaning ceremony commenced at about 12.40pm:


2.15pm – Ceremony over with closing prayers. Have paid homage to the new Emir and on my way back home.

The Emir’s Palace is still completely surrounded by the Police that are refusing all entrance or exit. It appears that Federal coercive power is being deployed to interfere with a 200 year tradition… Sad… Kano has a new Emir. End of the story. God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. – Nasir El-Rufai

1.27pm – The new Emir is now addressing us. His first royal speech. I am so happy and proud of my brother  –  El-Rufai


1.21pm – The princes are now paying homage to the new Emir one after the other – El-Rufai


1.06pm – “HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was not only on the recommended list of the kingmakers but was on top of the list,”  – Gov Kwankwaso.


1.02pm – “The Kano State Government has built a befitting building for the large family of the late emir in Sharada. The keys will be handed over today to the family to move in,” – Gov Kwankwaso.


12.56pm – “The appointment of an emir is not a political issue. It is unfortunate that some enemies of Kano State attempted to politicise this process,” – Gov Kwankwaso, speaking as the turbaning process continues.


12:47pm – Walin Kano Mahe Wali gave the opening prayers. The Madaki of Kano that is responsible for the formal turbanning is speaking now. The Governor will then give his opening speech in Hausa in accordance with a 200 plus year tradition – Nasir El-Rufai


12:44pm – The Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has entered the hall and seated. The formal coronation ceremonies are about to begin. Alhamdulillah – Nasir El-Rufai


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Preparations are in top gear in Kano State for the turbaning of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the 14th Emir of Kano.


Information gleaned from the Facebook page of Nasir el-Rufai, former Minister of the FCT, indicates that dignitaries including el-Rufai are currently in Kano State, for the official turbanning of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano.


He said on his Facebook page, “Right now, we are in Gov Kwankwaso’s office awaiting the commencement of the coronation ceremonies. The Emir is being dressed up for the occasion in the Kano State Government House. Ceremonies will start in Arewa Hall in the next hour by God’s Grace.”


“Gov. Kwankwaso and his cabinet are now seated in Africa Hall of the the Kano Government House. The kingmakers are also seated. All the requirements for coronation are in place but the Jonathanians are yet to give up!


Nasir on Twitter


“The AIG of Police in charge of Kano has taken over the Palace and refused the movement of the royal regalia for the coronation to Government House on orders from the Villa.


“The ceremonies will commence as soon as the Emir makes his entrance.”


More details later…

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