Kano youths on the rampage over new emir

Kano youths on the rampage over new emir
June 08
18:34 2014

Some youths in Kano have gone on the rampage following the announcement of Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new emir.

Secretary to the Kano State Government, Alhaji Rabiu Bichi, had declared the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as the successor to Alhaji Ado Bayero, who died last Friday.

Rumours had circulated all day on Sunday that the first son of the late emir, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi Ado Bayero, had been picked as the successor.

Following the announcement of Sanusi, the youths took to the streets, chasing motorists off the road and making bonfires in protest.

They are rejecting the choice of Sanusi and aksing that Bayero’s son be installed.

They started chanting “we don’t want, we don’t want” in Hausa language.

Motorists were forced to display fresh leaves on their windshields as a sign of “solidarity” in order to avoid being attacked.

A similar scenario played out in Sokoto in 1988 when the sultan, Alhaji Siddiq Abubakar III, died.

Rumours had circulated that Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido had been chosen by the kingmakers as his replacement, but the military government announced Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki. Youths took to the streets in protest.

Dasuki was eventually deposed by the military government in 1996 and Maccido was installed, although he died in a plane crash 10 years after.


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  1. Harry Olufunwa
    Harry Olufunwa June 08, 19:28

    This was an accident waiting to happen. I had heard that the deceased Emir’s son had been groomed for the position, almost since birth, and that his coronation was a shoo-in. But given SLS’s power, money and ambition, I suspected that something might happen. I sincerely hope that this thing will be handled with the tact and maturity that it deserves. Can you imagine unrest in the north’s biggest city, and the limitless opportunities it could provide for Boko Haram? God forbid!

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  2. mandingo19
    mandingo19 June 08, 20:04

    what Allah has decreed will certainly happen,youth,accept your destiny for Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is your Emir now.

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    • JoeBoy
      JoeBoy June 08, 21:29

      This is quite an interesting advice. Sanusi is Allah’s choice and everyone should accept. I wonder why the people of the moslem North do not want to accept Allah’s choice of President Goodluck Jonathan as the President of Nigeria, as Allah is the only one that gives power. Is Allah only partial to Moslem-only situations? The hypocrisy in Nigerian life is killing me. What a nasty people!!!

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  3. buzozo
    buzozo June 08, 20:30

    That’s d way d cookie crumbles..d uproar will surely be quelled after spreading some money around.

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  4. James adebayo
    James adebayo June 08, 21:42

    That is kwankwaso choice

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  5. olawoore tajudeen
    olawoore tajudeen June 11, 22:08

    Allah is supreme and His will shall prevail in all human endeavours. Allah akbar!

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