The former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, for the first time since he
was deposed by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state over five
months ago, visited the North.
In a visit to Kaduna, Sanusi has said Governor Nasir El-Rufai of
Kaduna state is the first person to show up whenever he was in need of
friends as can be attested by the whole world.
LEADERSHIP observed that large crowd who lined up the roadside were
waving ex-Emir Sanusi chanting “Sarki”.
Although, a close aide of Sanusi, Dr. Suleiman Shinkafi, said the
former Emir would be in Kaduna for a week to receive visitors who had
wanted to visit him in Lagos.
He was received at the Airport, were his admirers had gathered to welcome him.
The former Emir, who made this known when he paid a courtesy call on
the governor at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House on Sunday, explained that he
had decided that El-Rufai will be the first person he will visit
whenever he steps out of Lagos.
Sanusi II said that he was in the Government House Kaduna, to thank
Governor El-Rufai for his friendship, his service to the state and the
country at large.
The former monarch also expressed appreciation for his appointment as
Chancellor of the Kaduna State University (KASU), and Vice-Chairman of
the Kaduna Invest Promotion Agency (KADIPA).
According to him, Kaduna had already overtaken other states as the
leading destination for investments so, “whatever we do, will simply
be supporting work that has already been done, and results that are
The former Governor Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) assured El-Rufai
that he will continue to put in his best to support the governor’s
efforts at developing the state, and also make contribution to the
Kaduna State University.
“I am always ready to offer advice and counsel and to receive same. As
you know, I will be going to Oxford in October for a year, following
your footsteps to publish a few books,’’ he said.
The ex-Monarch also thanked the people of Kaduna for the warm
reception saying, “I was overwhelmed by the reception that I received.
I did not expect the crowd that I got. The people of Kaduna walked
from the Air Force base to Government House, and they are still there
waiting to escort me to my residence. I am looking forward to a
fruitful seven days in Kaduna, meeting friends and relatives, and also
meeting officials (of Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency) as it is
more or less a working visit,’’ he added.
Sanusi also prayed God to uphold the governor, bring peace to the
state and the country.
Responding, Governor El-Rufai expressed delight at the former emir’s
visit to Kaduna, adding that he is deeply touched that Kaduna is the
first place Sanusi decided to visit since his relocation to Lagos.
El-Rufai noted that Kaduna is lucky to have a person of Sanusi’s
caliber on the board of its investment agency because of his wide
global network, integrity and reputation.