Sanusi: Oba of Lagos pays solidarity visit to deposed emir of Kano
The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, visited the deposed emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, at his Lagos residence.
TheCable reports that Sanusi, who was dethroned by the Kano state government on Monday, March 9, arrived in Lagos on Friday, March 13, a few days after he was banished to Awe in Nasarawa state.
Among the dignitaries who have visited the former emir included 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.
Menwhile, it had previously been 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.
The MIMSA leader stressed that monarch institution is "archaic and long overdue" because the United States which Nigeria modelled 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.