Islamic clerics react to Sanusi’s appointment as Kano Emir

Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi

“This new position is different from the CBN job. He should not forget history of past Islamic leaders in dealing justly with followers.”

Some Islamic scholars and leaders of various Islamic organisations have reacted to the appointment the immediate past governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, as the new Emir of Kano.

The National Amir (President) of The Muslim Congress, TMC, Luqman AbdurRaheem, described Mr. Sanusi as a perfect successor for the late Emir Ado Bayero.

Mr. AbdurRaheem said Mr. Sanusi possesses the good quality to continue the good work of the late emir.

“The late Ado Bayero has left a big shoe and Allah has guided the Kano emirate to choose someone with great intellectual and professional capacity to fill the vacuum. Sanusi is well learned both in Islamic and western education. His ascendancy to the throne will definitely reduce the growing insecurity in the North,” Mr. AbdurRaheem said.

According to him, Allah has vindicated him over the way and manner Federal Government treated him as CBN governor.

“The people at the Federal Government thought they could disgrace him out of office but look at how Allah has elevated him beyond CBN position. CBN job is tenured but emirship is till his demise. Sanusi’s successful story is for those who are patient, persevere and hold on to Allah in whatever circumstances they found themselves. His patient has been rewarded,” he said.

The TMC leader urged the new emir to work closely with the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, to bring about an end to insurgency in the North and build a united northern and Nigeria as a whole.

Also, the Director, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, Ishaq Akintola, expressed happiness that the kingmakers in Kano upheld the truth.

“We are glad that those who wanted to ridicule have seen the naked truth. Those who want to ridicule Sanusi by abusing the power have failed woefully. We hope Sanusi will continue to stand by the truth,” he said.

According to Mr. Akintola, Nigerian leaders should know that power is transient and it is like a football. If it falls on your side now, it will roll to another person later.

“Those who oppress while in power should know that Allah’s power is the only permanent one. Man’s power could vanish at anytime but Allah’s power is eternity. Those who wanted to disgrace Sanusi by removing him unduly in office should have a lesson or more to learn from this new development.

“What Allah wants to give somebody, no human can withhold it and what Allah wants does not wants to give to somebody, no one can give it…. Those who claim to be power brokers are lying. It is only Allah that can give or take away power,” Mr. Akintola said.

The National Missioner, Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, AbdurRahman Ahmad, said Mr. Sanusi’s appointment show that it is Allah alone that enthrones and dethrones.

Mr. Ahmad enjoined Mr. Sanusi to bring his knowledge and vast experience to bear on the stool and particularly in restoring the glory of the metropolitan city.

He prayed that Allah grants him the charisma, saintly wisdom, and measured courage the institution required.

Also, the spiritual leader of the Conference of Islamic Organisations, CIO, Dhikrullahi Shafi’I, urged Mr. Sanusi to forgive all those who tried to humiliate him out of the Central Bank because Allah has vindicated him.

Mr. Shafi’I, who said Sanusi remains the best among the contenders for the stool, said the former CBN chief has now assumed a position higher and different from his former office.

“This new position is different from the CBN job. The new emir should realize that he will be dealing with human beings of various characters and tribes unlike his dealings with currencies of different kinds while at CBN. This is a great responsibility. He should not forget history of past Islamic leaders in dealing justly with followers,” he said.

The cleric enjoined him to build on the legacy of the late Ado Bayero and bring into fore his exposure and experience to unite the country.

While urging him to remember the Day of Reckoning, Mr. Shafi’I said he should always seek forgiveness for his past misdeeds and prayer for guidance in his new position.

Also, the National Amir (President) of The Companion, Association of Muslim men in business and profession, Musibau Oyefeso, described Mr. Sanusi’s appointment as a welcome development.

Mr. Oyefeso, the former Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission chief, said he hoped that Mr. Sanusi’s royal assignment will not confine his utility to the nation. He said his brilliance and bluntness have helped in shaping the nation’s economy in positive ways.

The Coordinator, Al-Mu’minaat Social Advocacy project, SAP, Sherifah Yusuf-Ajibade, prayed that Mr. Sanusi’s reign bring the much desired peace and unity in the country.

Nigeria, Mrs. Yusuf-Ajibade said, “witnessed a significant sanity and progress in the banking sector during his tenure as the CBN governor; we hope and pray that his reign as the head of the traditional institutions of the Kano State emirate will bring further development to Kano State and the Nigerian nation as a whole.”

She urged the new Emir to forget whatever friction transpired between him and the Presidency and work together with the government for the development of the north and Nigeria.

She enjoined media to verify information before releasing it to the public.

“The earlier newsflash on the electronic media earlier today that Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero had been chosen is quite unfortunate. That may actually be the reason for the skirmishes of protests around Kano city after the kingmakers and the state government made the genuine announcement,” she said.

The Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, FOMWAN, Lagos State head, Sariyu Sanusi, said Mrs. Sanusi’s disciplinary nature and professionalism will help reduce tension in the north.

“It is a welcome development; we congratulate him. He is a go-getter and his appointment will bring progress to the nation,” she said.

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit leader, Kamil Kalejaiye, said Mr. Sanusi’s appointment will further bridge the gap between the North and the South.

“He has travel wide, has friends across the world and with age on his side, he will help the nation evolve policies that would eradicate poverty in the North and stem the insurgency,” Mr. Kalejaiye said.


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