Tension as former Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi plans to visit Kano
Political and security stakeholders have raised concerns over the alleged plans by former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, to visit Kano State.
Some of the concerned stakeholders who spoke to LEADERSHIP Weekend urged the revered former emir to shelve any plan of visiting Kano at the moment as tension is high and could lead to a clash between his supporters and those against him.
However, the state government, speaking through the commissioner of information, Muhammad Garba, said it was unaware of any such planned visit but that it was not against the deposed emir visiting his home state.
Also, officials at the emirate council also claimed ignorance of the planned visit but were clearly apprehensive at the prospects of it happening.
One of the stakeholders, a top security source, who pleaded anonymity, said there was indication already that the former monarch is allegedly pushing for a South West president in 2023 and this may have angered some persons who could capitalise on his visit to unleash violence in Kano.
He also said the fact that after Sanusi was deposed, he still goes to public functions in the full emir attire would also likely cause problems in Kano as there is a sitting Emir of Kano.
He argued that other traditional rulers had been deposed before now without them being active politically and publicity-wise like this one.
The source said that Sanusi, who has been residing mainly in Lagos since he was deposed as Emir of Kano, is believed to be a strong force in the North ahead of the 2023 elections, a region South West politicians are counting on.
He said, “It is a known fact that Sanusi is an old boy of Kings College, Lagos, and he has friends from the school in the South West, but it’s still unclear who he is supporting for the presidency from the area.
“It would also be noted that Sanusi had maintained that he was not interested in political positions but would rather prefer to be a leader of the Tijjaniyya Islamic movement in Nigeria, a position which was first held by his grandfather in Nigeria.”
However, some security experts have called for circumspection in the alleged Sanusi’s visit to Kano.
A security expert, Ibrahim Mohammed, said the current political tension ahead of the 2023 elections is one to be followed with caution.
He further argued that if the alleged visit of Sanusi to Kano will cause any form of violence, it is better the popular former emir reconsiders the visit.