Published On: Sun, Jun 8th, 2014


Lamido Sanusi, file pic

As bank governor, Sanusi had levelled accusations of high-level fraud and was suspended
The ousted central bank governor and prominent government critic, Lamido Sanusi, has been named as the new emir of Kano in Nigeria.

The new emir becomes one of the most influential spiritual leaders in the country’s largely Muslim north.

As bank governor, Mr Sanusi had levelled accusations of high-level fraud and was suspended in February.

The previous emir, al-Haji Ado Bayero, died after a long illness at the age of 83 on Friday.


The emir of Kano is the second-highest Islamic authority in Nigeria.

The state government in Kano made the decision after four “kingmakers” had met and submitted nominees.

Those eligible had to be male members of the Ibrahim Dabo family – whose clans include the Bayeros and Sanusis.

Correspondents say Nigeria’s traditional leaders hold few constitutional powers, but are able to exert significant influence especially in the north where they are seen as custodians of both religion and tradition.

The Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, pictured in 2006
Ado Bayero was a successful businessman and had worked as a banker, police officer, MP and diplomat

One of Mr Sanusi’s key roles will be helping tackle the mounting insurgency by Boko Haram militants in the north.

The group has accused traditional Muslim rulers of failing to enforce its strict interpretation of the Koran.

President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to suspend Mr Sanusi from the bank on accusations of financial recklessness and misconduct had led to concern among international investors.

Al-Haji Ado Bayero had been on the throne in the northern city since 1963.

He was the longest-serving emir in Kano’s history and sought to reduce tensions with Nigeria’s Christians.

He was also a critic of Boko Haram and survived an assassination attempt last year blamed on the Islamist group.

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