In a show of solidarity, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, visited Muhammadu Sanusi II, the deposed Emir of Kano in his Lagos residence. The deposed Emir arrived Lagos Friday, March 13, 2020, sequel to an order by a Lagos court for his release from Awe, Nasarawa State where he been in confinement sequel to his dethronement and banishment on Monday, March 9, by the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje-led government.
According to Legit.ng, some of the dignitaries who have visited the former emir include Hadiza Bala Usman, former managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Tunde Bakare, a senior pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly and Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State.
Legit.ng had previously reported that a popular Islamic cleric, Abubakar Mahmud Gumi, reacted to the dethronement of former Sarki Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, by calling for the traditional institution to be abolished because “it is dragging us back.” It was reported that Gumi, a leader of the Nigerian Muslim Shura Assembly (NIMSA), made this known while speaking with media on issues bordering on Nigerian politics, insecurity and restructuring. Sanusi. The MIMSA leader stressed that monarchic institutions were “archaic and long overdue” because the United States which Nigeria models its democracy after abolished the system centuries ago. Gumi said the removal of Sanusi has nothing to do with politics but a power struggle in the north which has seen the region’s elites polarised along political borders, citing the removal of former Sultan of Sokoto by former military ruler Sani Abacha as a case study.
In another report, there was confusion in Kano on Monday, March 16, as the state assembly suspended five lawmakers for six months over a fracas that broke out last week which led to the disruption of the plenary process.The suspension trailed the removal of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the monarch of Kano by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led government. The crisis started on Monday morning, March 9, when the deputy speaker, Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari, sought the approval of the House to present a report by a committee which investigated a petition against the emir for alleged violation of culture and tradition of the state.