The Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, on Friday installed the Governor of Central Bank (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as Dan-Majen Kano.
Dan Majen Kano, a historic title, which means Son of Emir-Maje, is reserved for the royal family members from the Kano Habe dynasty.
At Mr. Sanusi’s installation ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the emir’s palace the roll call of prominent personalities from within and outside the country read like the who is who of a prospective career in politics. Critics say Mr. Sanusi’s preparation for the event hinted at abuse of office as he sent invitations out signed on stationeries of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“We have seen this before during the Soludo era and now, tell me, which bank executive will not show up in Kano when the CBN governor is the lead actor in a drama?” queried a bank executive who pleaded not to be quoted for the report.
He said “Mr. Sanusi as a regulator acted poorly by turning a personal event into a corporate responsibility in an age when the morality and integrity of the Nigerian regulator is on the radar as a failure.”
Among those who graced the occasion were former Head of State Muhammadu Buhari, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar.
The emir said the decision to honour Mr. Sanusi was in recognition of his “track record of the services he rendered within and outside the country”.
“We are not unaware of your contributions to the economic growth and development of Nigeria and the services you rendered in the banking sector.
“We therefore, enjoin you to continue to render selfless service for the progress and development of Kano Emirate and the entire country”.
The emir also urged the CBN governor to continue to discharge his duties with the fear of God and without discrimination.
Mr. Bayero urged the appointee to accommodate the public while discharging his responsibilities.
Security has been tightened in and around Kano metropolis for the ceremony, as armed security operatives were deployed to the palace and all major roads in the city