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Vol 55 No 13

Published 27th June 2014


Nigeria

Sanusi's political throne

The straight-talking former CBN Governor will find plenty of scope to promote his ideas and expand his influence from the Emir’s palace

From any angle, the appointment of Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi as the 57th Emir of Kano is bad news for President Goodluck Jonathan and his government. Sanusi emerged a moral if not a legal victor when Jonathan suspended him as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in February after he had claimed that the state oil company had failed to transfer some US$20 billion to the CBN between January 2012 and July 2013. As traditional ruler of the biggest city after Lagos, the Emir of Kano carries real political weight, even for a modernising monarch such as Sanusi. The city has a long tradition of radical politics, carried forward by such figures as Aminu Kano and some of northern Nigeria's pioneer trades union leaders.

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