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Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Racoon(m): 12:44pm On May 25
Twitter: @farooqkperogi

My Saturday Tribune column on the return of Sanusi as emir of Kano. Kano’s Muhammad Sanusi II has been rethroned the exact way he was initially enthroned and dethroned: in the melting pot of the politics of vengeance and recrimination.

And he just might be dethroned yet again by this, or another subsequent partisan government, given Sanusi’s infamous incapacity to rein in his tongue and to understand the wisdom in restraint and tact, which his position requires of him—and, of course, the juddering, hypocritical contradictions between what he says and what he does.

Recall that when he worked at the UBA, Sanusi had derided then Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as a scorn-worthy “rural aristocrat” who “surrounds himself with provincials and places key posts in the hands of rural elite.” He characterized the Kwankwaso administration as “the classic comedy of the Village Headmaster in a village council.”

Kwankwaso was so incensed by Sanusi’s boorishness and Kano urban condescension that he threatened to pull out the Kano State Government’s money in UBA if Sanusi wasn’t fired from his job. Yet it was the same Kwankwaso who, for partisan, anti-Goodluck Jonathan political considerations, enthroned Sanusi as the emir of Kano even when he wasn’t the choice of the kingmakers.

And let’s not forget that Sanusi is a vicious, unashamed enemy of common people. His entire economic philosophy revolves around sheepishly advancing the annihilating policies of the IMF/World Bank, such as removal of every kind of subsidy for the poor while leaving intact the subsidies that sustain the sybaritic extravagance of indolent but overprotected elites like him.

Well, after destroying properties worth billions of naira and restoring Sanusi as emir all in the bid to get even with Ganduje, I hope the government will now get down to actually governing and improving the lives of the people who elected it.

The sense I get from people in Kano (many of whom are supporters of the government) is that governance has been on hold in Kano in the last one year in the service of retaliation. Not even the dirty water that Ganduje’s government caused to be distributed to homes is available now, Kano people tell me.

Anyway, when Abdullahi Ganduje dethroned Sanusi in March 2020, I wrote a column titled, “Ganduje is a Monster, But Sanusi Is Not a Victim.” On the occasion of his rethronement, I reproduce portions of it below:

Governor Abdullahi “Gandollar” Ganduje is no doubt a contemptibly philistine monster of avarice and debauchery who dethroned Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Emir of Kano because he couldn’t stomach the former emir’s disapproval of the electoral fraud that brought him to power.

There is also no doubt that Sanusi’s unrelenting public censures of the rotten, if time-honored, cultural quiddities of the Muslim North discomfited many people who are invested in the status quo, and this became one of the convenient bases for his ouster.

But Sanusi isn’t nearly the victim he has been cracked up to be by his admirers and defenders. First, he rode to the Kano emirship in 2014 on the crest of a wave of emotions stirred by partisan politics and came down from it the same way.

Even though he wasn’t initially on the shortlist of Kano’s kingmakers, APC's Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso (who is now in PDP) made Sanusi emir in 2014 to spite PDP’s President Goodluck Jonathan and shield Sanusi from the consequences of his [false] unmasking of multi-billion-dollar corruption at the NNPC. Apart from his unceremonious removal as CBN governor for his [false] whistle blowing, he was going to face other untoward retributions from the Jonathan administration, but his appointment as emir put paid to it.

Now, Sanusi lost his emirship to the same partisan politics that got it for him in the first place. In an ironic twist, he was made emir by an APC government for making privileged [if false] revelations that disadvantaged a PDP government and was removed as an emir by an APC government for his overt and covert acts that could have benefited the PDP in 2019.

In other words, Sanusi’s emirship was molded in the crucible of partisan politics and was dissolved in it.

Nonetheless, Sanusi, given his intellectual sophistication and pretenses to being an advocate of egalitarianism, had no business being an emir. Monarchy is way past its sell-by date not just in Nigeria but everywhere. It’s an anachronistic, vestigial remnant of a primitive past that invests authority on people by mere accident of heredity. Any authority that is inherited and not earned, in my opinion, is beneath contempt.

Emirship isn’t only a primeval anomaly in a modern world, it is, in fact, un-Islamic. In Islam, leadership is derived from knowledge and the consensus of consultative assemblies of communities called the Shura, not from heredity.

Monarchies in the Muslim North, which have constituted themselves into parasitic, decadent drains on society, but which pretend to be Islamic, are grotesque perversions of the religion they purport to represent. Anyone, not least one who makes pious noises about equality, that is denied the unfair privileges of monarchy is no victim.

Most importantly, though, Sanusi embodies a jarring disconnect between high-minded ideals and lived reality. He rails against child marriage in public but married a teenager upon becoming an emir. When the late Pius Adesanmi called him out, he told him to “grow a brain.” He suddenly became the patron saint of conservative Muslim cultural values.

He expended considerable intellectual energies critiquing polygamy among poor Muslim men, but he is married to four wives. His defense, of course, would be that he can afford it, and poor Muslim men can’t. Fair enough. But transaction-oriented reformists lead by example.

Fidel Castro, for example, stopped smoking when he campaigned against it. It would be nice to say to poor, polygamous Muslim men, “Why are you, a poor man, married to four wives when Sanusi, a wealthy man and an emir, is married to just one wife?”

That would have had a much higher impact than his preachments. In spite of their moral failings, Buhari, Abba Kyari, and Mamman Daura would be much more effective campaigners against disabling polygamy by poor Muslim men than Sanusi can ever be because they are monogamists even when they can afford to marry four wives.

This is a legitimate critique since Sanusi has a choice to not call out poor Muslim men who marry more wives than they can afford since polygamy is animated by libidinal greed, which is insensitive to financial means.

Sanusi habitually fulminates against the enormous and inexorably escalating poverty in the north, but even though he is an immensely affluent person, he has not instituted any systematic mechanism to tackle the scourge of poverty in the region in his own little way.

Instead, he spends hundreds of billions of naira to decorate the emir’s palace, buy exotic horses, and luxuriate in opulent sartorial regality.

And, although, he exposed [what he thought was] humongous corruption during Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and dollar racketeering during Buhari’s regime, he is himself an indefensibly corrupt and profligate person. In two well-researched investigative pieces in 2017, Daily Nigeria’s Jaafar Jaafar chronicled Sanusi’s mind-boggling corruption as emir of Kano, which apparently didn’t abate until he was dethroned.

Sanusi was ostensibly a Marxist when he studied economics at ABU, which explains why he exhibits flashes of radicalism in his public oratory, but he is, in reality, an out-of-touch, unfeeling, feudal, neoliberal elitist who is contemptuous, and insensitive to the suffering, of poor people.

He supported Jonathan’s petrol price hike in 2012 and even wondered why poor people were protesting since they had no cars, and generators, according to him, were powered by diesel, not petrol!

When his attention was brought to the fact that only “subsidized” and privileged “big men” like him use diesel-powered generators, he backed down and apologized. But I found it remarkably telling that until 2012 Sanusi had no clue that the majority of Nigerians used petrol-powered generators to get electricity.

In a September 1, 2012, column titled, "Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s Unwanted 5000 Naira Notes," I noted that Sanusi was "one of the most insensitive, out-of-touch bureaucrats to ever walk Nigeria’s corridors of power."

Again, in my December 10, 2016, article titled, "Dangerous Fine Print in Emir Sanusi's Prescription for Buhari," I wrote: "If you are a poor or economically insecure middle-class person who is writhing in pain amid this economic downturn, don’t be deceived into thinking that Emir Sanusi is on your side. He is not. His disagreements with Buhari have nothing to do with you or your plight. If he has his way, you would be dead by now because the IMF/World Bank neoliberal theology he evangelizes has no care for poor, vulnerable people."
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Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by CodeTemplar: 12:49pm On May 25
Kperogi my dude. He exposed both sides and their manipulative ways. APC want Kano, so do NNPP.

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Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Racoon(m): 12:52pm On May 25
The bastardization and politization of the traditional institution have really set a bad trend for this once referred institution. The Kano case is a classical example.
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by RenaissanceGuy: 12:57pm On May 25
I was even thinking that the recently deposed emir is Hausa while Sanusi is Fulani, but they're actually both Fulani. So this should be very easy to resolve.
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Beautifulday: 1:03pm On May 25
He doesn't walk his talk
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Beremx(f): 1:07pm On May 25
Sanusi as Emir used as a political tool to pepper political opponents.
GEJ vs Kwakwanso
Kwakwanso vs Ganduje
Kano State governor/Kwakwanso vs Ganduje.

The game is still on and going....
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Akpakomiza2: 1:08pm On May 25
Racoon:
The bastardization and politization of the traditional institution have really set a bad trend for this once referred institution. The Kano case is a classical example.

Based on the above,the real emir is Ado bayero
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by TouchNfollow(f): 1:17pm On May 25
Emirship of ping-pong and bloated pockets.
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Pejah97: 2:01pm On May 25
it is a northern affair. Let them resolve it before it degenerate in into crisis of epic proportion.
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Ekaette1621990: 2:13pm On May 25
Too much big grammar for an average Northerner to read and understand.




Anyway I laugh in Swahili 😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Energist: 2:26pm On May 25
RenaissanceGuy:
I was even thinking that the recently deposed emir is Hausa while Sanusi is Fulani, but they're actually both Fulani. So this should be very easy to resolve.

Both Sanusi and Aminu share the same ancestor, Abdullahi Bayero. Bayero's eldest son is Sanusi's grandfather. Another son of his, Ado, is the father of Aminu.

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Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Lovelive: 3:15pm On May 25
Family' matter mixed with politics. When Sanusi was kicked out of the throne, he left without causing anything disturbances why Badero has chosen the road of war ?


Time shall tell.




Energist:


Both Sanusi and Aminu share the same ancestor, Abdullahi Bayero. Bayero's eldest son is Sanusi's grandfather. Another son of his, Ado, is the father of Aminu.

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Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Kukutente23: 3:23pm On May 25
Akpakomiza2:


Based on the above,the real emir is Ado bayero
Not so. It's the elder Bayero that's the original Emir
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by rayvelez(m): 3:25pm On May 25
Time shall tell.
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by LibertyRep: 3:28pm On May 25
If two cousins would allow outsiders to tear them apart this much just to settle political scores then the elders in that family have been sleeping.
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Akpakomiza2: 4:58pm On May 25
Kukutente23:

Not so. It's the elder Bayero that's the original Emir

And he bequeathed it to his junior brother
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Kukutente23: 5:07pm On May 25
Akpakomiza2:


And he bequeathed it to his junior brother
True
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Akpakomiza2: 5:10pm On May 25
Kukutente23:

True

The governor messed up the whole situation,he should have retained some of those Emirates so that both sanusi and Bayero are emirs.with that,everyone is happy
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by jimetagambo: 5:10pm On May 25
A very balanced article.
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by jimetagambo: 5:12pm On May 25
RenaissanceGuy:
I was even thinking that the recently deposed emir is Hausa while Sanusi is Fulani, but they're actually both Fulani. So this should be very easy to resolve.
They are all fulanis. Sanusi is a Bayero himself. His grandfather is the son of Emir Abdullahi Bayero. While the deposed Emir is the grandson of Emir Abdullahi Bayero. Politicians are just using them to play pingpong.

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Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Kukutente23: 5:12pm On May 25
Akpakomiza2:


The governor messed up the whole situation,he should have retained some of those Emirates so that both sanusi and Bayero are emirs.with that,everyone is happy
That can't work
You're not knowledgeable about how Kano is
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by Akpakomiza2: 5:19pm On May 25
Kukutente23:

That can't work
You're not knowledgeable about how Kano is

Lol,you can't know what will work until you try it.this thing requires a political solution.i am very knowledgeable about Kano that is why I was 100% that Atiku will fail woefully here
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by ElohimShenRa(m): 5:21pm On May 25
Na wa ooo.
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by System202: 5:32pm On May 25
RenaissanceGuy:
I was even thinking that the recently deposed emir is Hausa while Sanusi is Fulani, but they're actually both Fulani. So this should be very easy to resolve.

Even Abba Kabir Yusuf shares the same lineage with them in his 5 grandfather king Abdullahi Maje Karofi son of king Ibrahim dabo all of them fulani. And Ganduje also is a fulani
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by jimetagambo: 6:00pm On May 25
This thread may deserve FP.. nlfpmod
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by EmperorCaesar(m): 6:10pm On May 25
Prince of Persia
Emir of Kano

As much as I want SLS to be reinstated, I don't want him acting desperate


He's too nobel to be doing gutter fight with that Ado Bayero
Re: Sanusi Lamido And Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi by AcadaWriter: 9:16pm On May 25
He doesn't walk his talk ... However, need help with your academic papers? Contact us.

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