Emir Sanusi vows to punish imams, title holders who beat their wives

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll has warned Muslims clerics, Islamic title holders and District heads in the state who are in the habit of beating up their wives to desist from such act.

Speaking on Sunday during a mass wedding of 1,520 couples sponsored by the Kano state government, Sanusi warned that any title holder found wanting would “outrightly lose his title.”

According to Sanusi, “You should all come back to your senses and stop these barbaric [acts] because we will not allow these to continue in Kano.

“I have warned all district heads, village heads, ward heads and imams to also desist from the bad habit of beating their wives and whoever among them is reported to me to have beaten up his wife, would outrightly lose his title.”

The former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, noted that he won’t be backing down from making law against poor men seeking to marry more than one wife.

He explained that although the law was not meant to stop Muslims from marrying up to four wives, it regulates how a man should treat his wives and children according to the tenets of Islam.

He said: “We are going meet on Wednesday this week to review the over 80 pages of the law and make the necessary adjustment before presenting it to the State House of Assembly for passage into law.”

Emir Sanusi’s Daughter Sets For Royal Wedding (WATCH)

One of the beautiful daughters of Emir of Kano, Fulani Siddika Sanusi will walk down the aisle with her husband to-be, Malam Abubakar Umar Kurfi on December 23rd at the Emir’s Palace, Kano.

The brother of the bride-to-be posted a video showing Siddika burst into tears during the Kamu traditional ceremony held on Sunday, December 18th.


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Dangerous Fine Print in Emir Sanusi’s Prescriptions for Buhari By Farooq A. Kperogi

Emir Muhammad Sanusi II’s well-publicized December 2, 2016 public lecture on the Nigerian economy has divided Nigerians into two broad camps. In one camp you have the unreasoning, knee-jerk Buhari apologists who can’t brook the slightest criticism of their idol. This camp lashed out—and are still lashing out— at the emir for saying what all sensible people who are unencumbered by political and primordial loyalties already know: that Nigeria is collapsing under Buhari’s watch.

In the other camp you have a motley crowd of Sanusi groupies who are mesmerized by his brilliance and Buhari critics who either didn’t like Buhari from the get-go or who used to like him but have become inconsolably disillusioned by his uninspiring performance so far. This group vigorously defended the emir.

But this is a false, unhelpful binary that ignores the danger the emir poses to all of us.  While the emir’s diagnosis of Nigeria’s economic malaise was unquestionably sound, some of his prescriptions were sadly familiar neoliberal, IMF/World Bank deathly pills. You only need to read the PowerPoint slides of his lecture to know this.

For instance, the emir suggested that the government “firmly and unequivocally eliminate fuel subsidies.” But hasn’t the president already done that? How much more must Nigerians pay for fuel before the government can be deemed to have “firmly and unequivocally eliminated fuel subsidies”? Perhaps 500 naira per liter?

In other words, the emir’s grouse with Buhari is that the president isn’t going far enough with his anti-poor, IMF/World Bank-inspired neoliberal policies that have impoverished and continue to impoverish vast swathes of Nigerians. If you take the time to wade through the maze of pseudo-scientific economic gobbledygook in his presentation, you will actually discover that the emir isn’t the hero he is being made out to be by his cheerleaders. His economic template isn’t different from Buhari’s; it’s only more treacherous.

Those of us who are familiar with the emir’s immediate past antecedents aren’t the least bit surprised. He is a thoroughgoing neoliberal theologist who was one the most vociferous enablers and defenders of Goodluck Jonathan’s fuel price increase in 2012. In defending the increase, he protested that it was diesel, not petrol, that powered generators and that Nigerians should stop whining about how the increase in the pump price of petrol would deprive them of electricity.

When his attention was drawn to the fact that only “subsidized” and privileged “big men” like him use diesel-powered generators, he backed down and apologized. As I wrote in 2012, I found it remarkably telling that until 2012, Sanusi had not the vaguest idea that the majority of Nigerians use petrol-powered generators to get electricity for themselves. “Yet it is people like this who make policies that affect the lives of the vast majority of our people who are desperately poor. Why won’t there be a vast disconnect between policies and people when the people who make the policies live in a vastly different world from the rest of us?” I wrote.

In a September 1, 2012 article titled, “Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s Unwanted 5000 Naira Notes” I described him as “one of the most insensitive, out-of-touch bureaucrats to ever walk Nigeria’s corridors of power.”

If you are a poor or economically insecure middle-class person who is writhing in pain amid this economic downtown, don’t be deceived into thinking that Emir Sanusi is on your side. He is not. His disagreements with Buhari have nothing to do with you or your plight. If he has his way, you would be dead by now because the IMF/World Bank neoliberal theology he evangelizes has no care for poor, vulnerable people. So disband those “camps.”

What we should tell the emir and whoever in the world is Buhari’s economic adviser is that no country on earth has ever made economic progress on the basis of World Bank/IMF prescriptions. None whatsoever. As David Held and Anthony McGrew pointed in their book, Globalization/Anti-Globalization: Beyond the Great Divide, “Developing countries that have benefited most from globalization are those that have not played by the rules of the standard [neo]liberal market approach, including China, India and Vietnam” (p. 226).

Yet the emir wants government to basically return to IBB’s SAP era, which entailed rolling back the state (without, of course, rolling back the lavish, unearned privileges of the buccaneers of the state), privatization of public enterprises, retrenchment of workers, devaluation of the national currency, increase in taxes for the poor and middle classes, withdrawal of subsidies, and other obnoxious, suffocating economic policies.

But when the United States went into a recession between 2007 and 2009, it didn’t follow any of these neoliberal prescriptions. The dollar wasn’t devalued. Subsidies weren’t removed. The state wasn’t rolled back. Government didn’t retrench workers. Taxes weren’t raised. On the contrary, government increased expenditure. The financial burden on the populace was eased with lower taxes.  Government, in fact, sent lots of money, called tax rebate checks, to lower- and middle-income families so they could have money to spend, since recession is essentially the consequence of people not having enough money to spend. I was a beneficiary of the tax rebate, so I know what I am talking about. Financially distraught private companies (particularly car manufacturers and banks) were bailed out by the government.

These policies fly in the face of the neoliberal canard spouted by the emir and his ilk: that government should step back and leave market forces to regulate society unaided.

Buhari, please just do nothing!

I used to say that it was impossible for any Nigerian president to be worse than Jonathan. That was how much I despised him. So in May 2015, I started out investing enormous hopes in Buhari to transform Nigeria and to build enduring institutions. After waiting 6 months to appoint a predictable, lackluster cabinet, it became clear to me that my hopes were misplaced, that Buhari wasn’t prepared to be president, so I scaled backed my expectations and hoped that Buhari would at least be minimally better than Jonathan.

But when Buhari hiked fuel prices, reversed the few miserly subsidies that sustained the poor, and became prisoner of the “Washington Consensus,” I scaled back my expectations again and hoped that Buhari would be just as bad as Jonathan was.

When his government’s incredibly inept husbandry of the economy continued to deepen the recession it instigated in the first place with its wrongheaded policies, I hoped that Buhari would just be slightly worse than Jonathan for the sake of Nigeria’s survival.

Now with the unceasing rash of counter-intuitive, mutually contradictory, insanely irrational, and thoughtless policy prescriptions from this government every day, the very foundation of the country is tanking before our very eyes, and I just hope Buhari never does anything again till 2019 when his tenure will expire—and with it the torment he is inflicting on Nigeria. A stagnant, do-nothing Buhari is now better for the country than this madness we’re witnessing! Nigeria is fast sinking to the nadir of despair and ruination.

Vintage Emir and constructive criticism for national development – By Kayode Ajulo

I salute His Majesty, Muhammadu Sanusi II, better known as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, for staying true to type; staying the course irrespective of whose Ox is taken and whose Ox is gored and for allowing the chips to fall where they may.

Sanusi was a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He was appointed on June 3, 2009 for a five-year term, but was suspended from office by President Goodluck Jonathan on February 20, 2014 after claiming that a $20 billion fraud was committed in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Sanusi is the grandson of Muhammadu Sunusi (11th Fulani Emir of Kano). He was a career banker and ranking Fulani nobleman and also serves as a respected Islamic scholar.

The global financial intelligence magazine, The Banker, published by the Financial Times, conferred on Sanusi two awards – the global award for Central Bank Governor of the Year, as well as for Central Bank Governor of the Year for Africa. He was also listed by the TIME in its TIMES 100 list of Most Influential People of 2011.

His Majesty has redefine bureaucracy, royalty and the true meaning of public trust via-a-vis much taunted politics and political considerations for National Developments despite his banking and aristocrat pedigree.

He is a super critic and I believe many critics need to study him to learn one or two lessons on constructive criticism as as against the destructive ones.

His recent expose on President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and loans from Central Bank of Nigeria is a vintage SLS, a well researched knell jerk.

As expected from garrulous and sycophant presidential aides, instead of adorning a sober reflective kaftan, they raced to the market square to spew spurious spins and diatribe on SLS.

It is low on their part to demand that SLS should resign as Emir of Kano and join a political party to run against Buhari if he wants to criticize Buhari.

I pray Nigerians to note that if our political class failed to provide the needed leadership of serving as the much needed compass for a drifting government, SLS and other Royal leaders are welcome to join hands in salvaging the country and put things aright for the benefit of all.

– Ajulo writes from the Castle of Law, Abuja, Nigeria.

Emir Sanusi Denies Attacking Buhari

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has denied quotes attributed to him on some social media platforms, which denounced President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and All Progressives Congress, APC, as failures.

Sanusi, in a message sent to online publication, yesterday, said: ‘’The quotes were fabricated and attributed to me to create misunderstanding and disharmony between myself and the President. I do not know who is behind these quotes.

“But they seem to be part of a new and insidious strategy where quotes are attributed to individuals in order to mischievously score cheap political points and plant disaffection between persons.
“These so-called reports never state exactly where my statements were made and in what forum or in whose presence, nor do the faceless cowards behind them have the courage to write their names.”

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Why Boko Haram Has Not Been Defeated- Emir Sanusi

Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II has said Boko Haram has not been defeated because the undercover and the physical security agencies are working in parallel line.

Emir Sanusi, who spoke in Abuja yesterday at the second edition of the Nigeria Security Exhibition and Conference, added that deplorable conditions at the Internally Displaced Peoples’ camps may force some of the refugees to join Boko Haram.

Represented by the Katukan Kano and District Head of Albasu, retired AIG Bashiru Albasu, Emir Sanusi said Nigeria could not succeed in its fight against terrorism if the agencies in charge of intelligence gathering and other security agencies like police and the military are not cooperating between themselves.

The emir said rather than cooperating between themselves, the intelligence gathering agencies and the physical security agencies are engaged in “superiority fight.”

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President Jonathan Reconciles with Sanusi

President Goodluck Jonathan and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II,  have been reported to have reconcile their differences in Abuja on Thursday.

Sources say that the Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister Aminu Wali and the National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki were with the President as they welcomed the emir who arrived at Aso Rock accompanied by senior members of his royal council.

Reports also say President Jonathan cleared the airwaves by saying he had nothing against the crowned emir, while Muhammad Sanusi II agreed with the idea of burying what happened in the past.