Monday, 9 June 2014

Kano Protests Announcement of Sanusi as new Emir, Kano Residents Riot (PHOTOS)




According by the tweets of Jamil Abubakar, Son of Inspector General of Police, riot has broken out in Kano state following the announcement of former CBN governor Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano. According to his tweets, Jamil says the people of Kano are not happy with the announcement and are causing trouble in the town. He however says the situation has been brought under control and no life was lost.

Some residents of Kano State on Sunday took to the street following the announcement of the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as the Emir of Kano State.



A witness said the aggrieved residents at the Kofar Kudu area of the state, near the Emir’s palace started the riot as Sanusi was announced the successor to late Alhaji Ado Bayero.
He said the residents of the neighbouring streets trooped out to the palace area in opposition to the choice, shouting “Ba muso, ba muso”, meaning, “We don’t want, we don’t want” in apparent reference to the choice
of Sanusi by the state government.
According to him, the angry residents set tyres on fire, mounted road blocks and started throwing stones at passing vehicles.
He said the situation was, however, quelled by the swift arrival of a detachment of police officers, Civil Defence officials as well as members of the state Hisbah.




The supporters of Sanusi Ado Bayero, the son of the late Emir of Kano, who was defeated by Lamido Sanusi to emerge the emir of the ancient city, have taken to the streets to protest the rejection of their preferred candidate.
A resident of the town, Ibrahim Hamisu, told PREMIUM TIMES that the protesters set up bonfires using tyres around the Emirs’ palace.
He also said another group of protesters, who were marching to the Government House, were stopped by armed soldiers and policemen who formed a barricade to stop them from getting near the seat of government.
Another resident, Bala Usman, said the protesters were also destroying all government properties in sight.
The Secretary to the Government of Kano state, Rabi’u Bichi, had earlier announced the selection of Mr. Sanusi as the new emir of Kano following his recommendation by the kingmakers and approval by Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Mr. Bichi made the brief announcement at Government House, Kano, on Sunday. He disclosed that the government chose Mr. Sanusi’s out of three candidates forwarded to him by Kano Kingmakers.
“Under state customary law, the kingmakers comprising the Madaki, Sarkin Bai, Makaman and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta had sat down and forwarded three names to the government to choose the one that will succeed the Late Emir Ado Abdullahi Bayero.
“Out of these three names the government has approved Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Dan Majen Kano, and former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,  as the new emir of Kano,” the SSG said.
Secretary to the Kano state Government , Alhaji Rabi'u Sulaiman Bichi, (3rdfrom left) announcing the appointment of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new emir of Kano. From left are the kingmakers the Sarkin Dawaki Maituta, Alh. Bello Abubakar, the Sakin Bai, Alh. Mukhtar I Adnan, the Makama, Alh. Sarki Obrahim and the Madaki, Alh. Yusuf Nabahani Ibrahim, while on the right are the commissioners of Information and State Affairs, Dr. Abubakar Nuhu Danburam and Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam respectively. Photo: Govt. House, Kano. 8/6/2014
Secretary to the Kano state Government , Alhaji Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi, (3rdfrom left) announcing the appointment of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new emir of Kano. From left are the kingmakers the Sarkin Dawaki Maituta, Alh. Bello Abubakar, the Sakin Bai, Alh. Mukhtar I Adnan, the Makama, Alh. Sarki Obrahim and the Madaki, Alh. Yusuf Nabahani Ibrahim, while on the right are the commissioners of Information and State Affairs, Dr. Abubakar Nuhu Danburam and Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam respectively. Photo: Govt. House, Kano. 8/6/2014
The SSG was accompanied to the briefing by the kingmakers which include the Sarkin Dawaki Maituta, Bello Abubakar; the Sarkin Bai, Mukhtar Adnan; the
Makama, Sarki Ibrahim and the Madaki, Yusuf Nabahani Ibrahim.
The state commissioners of information and state affairs, Abubakar  Danburam and Aminu Abdulsalam were also in attendance.

Reasons for protests

A source at the Emirate council said the supporters of Mr. Bayero were protesting because they felt shortchanged.
“Earlier in the day, message came to the Prince while he was at the palace receiving condolences that he needed to go and get set for turbanning in case he was the one selected, so, many of his supporters followed him to his private residence and most of them assumed that he must have been selected since he was getting set for turbanning,” our source said.
“Unknown to many, both nominees were required to be ready whether they will eventually be selected or not, but many misconstrued the order and were shocked when Sanusi Lamido was eventually announced and they are the ones protesting now.”



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