Sarki Sanusi Occupies His Palace


Indications emerge from the northern Nigeria city of Kano that the crisis which followed the appointment of former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi may have died down with the new Emir gaining entrance into his Palace at about 4:30 P.M. Friday.

Protesters had blocked the Emir from enjoying the comfort of his Place since last Sunday he was appointed by Governor Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso.

The impasse had further deepened rift between Governor Kwankwso and President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as Kwankwaso had accused Jonathan and his men of causing havoc in Kano because the new Emir was not in their good book.

The Kano Governor even accused the President of plotting to kill him alleging that his security men were withdrawn by half.

Emir Sanusi until Friday evening had been operating from Kano state Government House from where he had been receiving visitors and residents who paid homage to him.

Sarki Sanusi before heading to his Palace led the 7th Day Prayer for the repose of the soul of his predecessor, the late Ado Bayero.

There were accusations and counter-accusations between Governor Kwankwaso and handlers of President Goodluck Jonathan over which camp that instigated the violence that trailed the appointment of Sarki Sanusi, immediate past Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as the Emir of Kano.

P.M.NEWS, however gathered that the intervention of the Sulatan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Saa'ad and other notable traditional rulers from the North quelled the crisis.

Sarki Sanusi made his way to the Palace from Government House Mosque where he led prayers to commemorate the 7th Day Prayer session for the repose of the soul of the late Emir Ado Bayero, his successor.

On his long convoy include title holders, district heads , Kano state Deputy Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje , the Special Adviser on Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Tijani Mailafiya Wambai Kano and Senior Counselor of the Emirate, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi, among others,  escorted the Emir to the Palace.

The Emir was officially received at the Palace by the four king-makers Alhaji Yusuf Nabahani, (Madakin Kano), Alhaji Sarki Abdullahi (Makaman Kano), Alhaji Bello Tuta (Sarki Dawaki Mai-Tuta), and Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan (Sarki Bai).

His subjects cheered and jubilated as he waved at them through the open van of a black Jeep that drove him from Government House to the Palace.

As the tradition spells out, before the new Emir made his way into the Palace, three walls were broken and instantly amended by Palace Guards, a ritual which attracted traditional chanting and songs from his subjects.

After the breaking of wall rituals, the Emir rode in his White-Horse and entered through the Kofar Kudu where gun shots were fired and traditional trumpets blown to welcome him.

On entering the inner chamber, he headed straight to the grave yards where he prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed Emirs.