Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was on Monday, June 9, 2014 officially presented with a letter, confirming his appointment as the new Emir of Kano, by the governor of Kano state, governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso at the government House in Kano.
Shortly after presenting the letter, governor Kwankwaso stated that amidst controversies surrounding his appointment, Alhaji Lamido was appointed based on his outstanding qualities and importantly, in view of his lineage as member of the royal family, as required by Kano traditions.
”Your appointment into the exalted position of Emir of Kano was guided by our collective and careful judgment of your ability, credibility and capability to provide the required purposeful leadership to enhance the Emirate Council at this crucial period of Kano State history.
The governor further disclosed that the appointment was not a political issue as speculated but that the committee of Kano King Makers presented a list of three nominees to the government as required by law and tradition, and after proper screening of all variables, the Alhaji Sanusi Lamido was eventually selected.
“The appointment of the Emir is not a political issue. However, we are aware that enemies of the state and of this government have politicised the appointment matter and disseminated misleading information in across section of the media”, leading a political party to start congratulating one of the contenders for the exalted position, before the official announcement,” he said.
Governor Kwankwaso appealed to traditional leaders as well as people in the state to shun violence and accept the new Emir as the will of Allah and support him towards taking Kano to greater heights.
The new Emir, Alhaji Sanusi expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for choosing him to rule Kano state as the 14th emir and thanked the governor, the Kano kingmakers and all others that made the selection.
He also promised to rule according to the tenets of Islam, urging members of the ruling family to give him their support and continue to promote peace and harmony in Kano.