Brave, oratory, intelligent and undisputedly outspoken, Sanusi was whisked out of the throne – albeit through banishment- after six years as the emir of Kano following aborted attempts to make the grudging parties bury their grievances.
And on Monday, March 9, it became clear that the former CBN governor had completely fallen down the pecking order with Governor Umar Ganduje-led government. He was removed!
A dream that never comes true
Six months ago, speaking in an interview marking his six years on the throne Muhammadu Sanusi II disclosed that his ultimate dream is to die on the throne.
Sanusi, who once declared that “no position is bigger than the emir’s throne”, stressed that he grew up knowing the beauty of the palace and its tradition as a prince, so no position was bigger than being the emir.
“My prayer is that I move from this palace to my grave,” Emir Sanusi said while expressing his view on the ephemerality of life.
“I don’t have any desire or aspiration that I’m targeting. It is natural, I grew up in the palace and for me, and there was never anybody that is more important than the Emir of Kano, both my grandfather and the late Emir of Kano.
“There is no house that a man will like to live in rather than this palace; there is nothing that a man wants in this life that Allah has not given to me.”
“I want to leave a reputation”
Emir Sanusi has always been known as a ‘dissent voice’ but what was paramount to him as the traditional ruler was leaving an enviable legacy that would be cherished by the people.
The former traditional ruler once said: “Positions are nothing; it is really what you do with them. So, ultimately, one will like to leave behind a good record of service.
“I want to leave a reputation where people of Kano would continue to pray for me in remembrance of the good service and leadership I provided to them.”
A legacy to remember
Sanusi was born on July 31, 1961, and his clan is traceable to the Fulani Sullubawa. He ascended the throne on June 8, 2014, following the death of his granduncle Ado Bayero.
But before becoming the traditional ruler of the commercial northern state, Sanusi was a banker and economist who created myriad of conversations about economy, corruption and poverty index.
He was a former governor of Nigeria’s apex bank the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), a position he held before being suspended by former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan administration amid claim and counter-claim.