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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II : The Last Emir of a Once United Kano Emirate

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Despite the fact that Emir Sanusi was caught in the web of his own contradictions. His emergence and eventual dethronement as Emir of Kano was one of those circumstances where fate and politics crossed each other’s path at the wrong point in history.

Looking at a man who invested ₦200million to purchase over 40,000 books and journals catalogued in his library shows the level of education, exposure and temperament he presides with over the 21st century nation-state but he chose to become an Emir whose authority and influence are largely symbolic and ceremonial.

Ever since his ascension to the throne, the stage was set for such implacable ending. This is because, the type of public role he envisioned and struggled to carve for himself was incompatible with royal life. This also includes his nostalgic decision to model his reign after the order of his grandfather, adopting the name and style of the latter which lead him to this fate.

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Emir Sanusi’s collision with political power was actually inevitable which was why he was queried twice over disagreements with the state government in the few months he spent as Emir with Kwankwaso as Governor. It is obvious that Emir Sanusi’s biggest contradiction is his attempt to cast himself as a royal revolutionary, an activist Emir that is far ahead of his time

However, revolution and royalty don’t mix- it only explodes with the bearer. All over the world, even in constitutional monarchies, royals are expected to lead a life of relative quietude and discretion. To Emir Sanusi, he became an activist Emir who is not hindered by the traditional gag of the Amawali. The people are accustomed to seeing their Emirs rather than hearing them.

In spite of those contradictions, Emir Sanusi occupies a higher moral pedestal than his ‘dethroners’ will ever dream of. And above all, his vision of the society closely aligns with mine, and with that of all lovers of National Progress.

When he chose to speak the truth, I believe Emir Sanusi was fully aware of the potential consequences of his choices and actions. He was willing to pay the ultimate price; I guess he told after the fate of his grandfather. Even in the last few weeks of his reign when the reality of his dethronment began to manifest as Ganduje’s schemes appear unrelenting, he carried on with a sense of divine resignation. 

More disturbing was the manner Ganduje went about his misadventures, by first balkanizing the Emirate into five smaller emirates and significantly eroding its royal reputation. The fact that any politician in power could depose a first-class Emir and disfigure a historic emirate with such ease and arbitrariness should send shivers down the spine of every northern royal. By that singular action, Ganduje delivered a blow from which the emirate will never fully recover.

Ganduje couldn’t have attempted or succeeded in this without the active connivance of rival members of the Kano royal family. Both sides of the royal family have their fair share of blame in this crisis, for allowing themselves to become willing tools at the hands of politicians. At the end, with the splitting of the emirate into 5 smaller emirates, they ended up losing the very emirate they were fighting so hard to rule.

For Emir Sanusi, this is obviously the beginning of another interesting chapter. Because even outside emirateship, Emir Sanusi will continue to divide opinions along very sharp lines. Many people see the Emir as a symbol of reform in a region wallowing in the abyss of poverty and underdevelopment. His supporters see him as a royal eccentric and reformer, who is out to redefine Emirship in the 21st century.

Caught in a web he could not break from, Emir Sanusi’s reign has ended before it started through politics. He paid a huge price as a royal revolutionary. If it were in the past when emirs had real power, he will make a great emir given his erudition and the visionary prowess to roll out reforms that are capable of pushing his backward subjects forward. But today, the reality is quite different, and he will be remembered more for his glittering reign than for his role in the history of Kano.

Even as the throne is taken away from him, Emir Sanusi’s reaction to his dethronment has become a royal class act that’s reserved for the history books. His manner of acknowledging his deposition letter and his video address to the people accepting his dethronment and calling for calm demonstrate. Those pristine qualities that transcends the realm of Emiral power is Emir Sanusi’s biggest victory as the Last Emir of a once united Kano Emirate.

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‘I want to be a police officer to fight corruption’- boy in ‘mummy calm down’ video

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I want to be a police officer to fight corruption, says boy in ‘mummy calm down’ video

Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, a little boy who inspired the viral “mummy calm down” video, says he wants to be a police officer in the future so as to fight corruption.

The 4-year-old boy spoke of his dream career when he featured on an Instagram Live chat with City People TV on Friday.

“I want to be a police officer to fight corruption,” he said while fielding questions from Seyi Kehinde, the host.

The little boy said his comment in the video was to plead with Toluige Olokobi Babalola, his mother, not to administer disciplinary action on him.

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He expressed excitement about the attendant popularity the video has brought to his family, while also lauding his mother.

On her part, Toluige, who also featured on the live session, said she never envisaged that the video clip — which was done out of sheer fun — could become an internet sensation in the blink of an eye.

“It was God that destined it this way, I never envisaged it would fetch us such popularity,” she said.

She said the development had turned her from the usual “everyday person with nothing special” and his boy to a celebrity, whom many people now crave to speak with.

The mother of two, however, dismissed claims that she was abusing the little boy in the video, noting that her action was borne out of her desire to correct him from further wrongdoings.

On how the video found its way online, Toluige said she had shared it with her sister in America to catch a glimpse of Ore’s trademark theatrics whenever she wants to spank him for wrongdoing.

She said unknown to her, her sister, who could also not contain her laughter after watching the video, shared it to a group she belonged to and consequently hit the internet.

She also revealed that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state — who earlier requested to meet Ore — had already reached out to inform them he is working something out for him.

Toluige enjoined Nigerian parents to always dissipate attention into discovering the inherent potentials in their children, adding that such could be their ticket to stardom.

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Eid-el-Kabir: DSK Fecilitates with muslims, urges selflessness, brotherliness

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Eid-el-Kabir: DSK felicitate with Muslims,urges selfleness,brotherliness

As Muslims all over the world celebrates this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, A philanthropic Chief David Sabo Kente (DSK) has felicitates with Muslim faithfuls in Taraba state and Nigeria in general task on the need to imbibe the spirit of selflessness, brotherliness and sacrifice that symbolizes the Sallah.

Kente laid the task in a Sallah message to the people of the state, on Thursday in Abuja.

While congratulating the Muslims on the celebration, the philanthropist enjoined the faithful to see the Eid-el-Kabir as a test, in commemoration of the total submission by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to the call for sacrifice.

“This, indeed, symbolizes a call to all Muslims to live a life of selflessness, brotherhood, sacrifice and adherence to Allah’s commands,”Kente Said

He pointed out that occasions such as this, calls for all Muslims to reflect on their relationship with God, as well as fellow human beings, as a guide for righteous living, love and peaceful co-existence in the society.

Kente further urged the faithful to continue to preach peace, show love, understanding, tolerance and good neighbourliness in Taraba State and Nigeria.

He used the opportunity to draw the attention of the Muslim faithful on the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing the need to adhere to all preventive measures such as maintenance of social distancing, wearing of face mask, regular hand sanitizing, amongst others.

Aluta News report that
Chief David Sabo Kente, A chieftain of APC is also the Founder of DSK Foundation,
The NGO is in the forefront of providing scholarship for the less privilege, empowering widows and orphans in Taraba State.

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NAF Opens Investigation Into Flying Officer’s Death, Two Suspects Arrested

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NAF Opens Investigation Into Flying Officer’s Death, Two Suspects Arrested

The Nigerian Air Force opens an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of its Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in a road accident as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.

In an interview, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said two suspects are being held over Arotile’s death.

NAF had earlier explained that Arotile was “inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force secondary school classmate while trying to greet her.”

Speaking in an interview with Saturday PUNCH on Friday, NAF spokesman, Daramola, said, “First of all, in my first statement, I said she died from a road traffic accident. I further clarified the nature of the road traffic accident where one of her excited classmates who saw her reversed his car which led to him hitting her and knocking her down. This led to head injuries and a lot of haemorrhaging which ultimately resulted in her death.

“The two boys are in custody and the NAF will do a thorough investigation into the matter. It is a routine process – our own processes that are ongoing because it happened inside a NAF base. At the appropriate time, whatever information needs to go out will go out. But we cannot pre-empt that investigation process.

“Whatever needs to be known will be known; it is standard practice. So, we are investigating the circumstances leading to her death by a road traffic accident. It is an investigation because it may go beyond NAF.

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