Some Islamic scholars and leaders of various Islamic organisations have reacted to the appointment of the immediate past governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, as the new Emir of Kano.
The National Amir (President) of The Muslim Congress, TMC, Luqman AbdurRaheem, described Mr. Sanusi as a perfect successor for the late Emir Ado Bayero. Mr. AbdurRaheem said Mr. Sanusi possesses the good quality to continue the good work of the late emir. “The late Ado Bayero has left a big shoe and Allah has guided the Kano emirate to choose someone with great intellectual and professional capacity to fill the vacuum. Sanusi is well learned both in Islamic and western education. His ascendancy to the throne will definitely reduce the growing insecurity in the North,” Mr. AbdurRaheem said.
According to him, “The people at the Federal Government thought they could disgrace him out of office but look at how Allah has elevated him beyond CBN position. CBN job is tenured but emirship is till his demise. Sanusi’s successful story is for those who are patient, persevere and hold on to Allah in whatever circumstances they find themselves. His patience has been rewarded,” he said.
Also, the Director, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, Ishaq Akintola, expressed happiness that the kingmakers in Kano upheld the truth. “We are glad that those who wanted to ridicule Sanusi have seen the naked truth. Those who want to ridicule Sanusi by abusing power have failed woefully. We hope Sanusi will continue to stand by the truth,” he said.
The National Missioner, Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, AbdurRahman Ahmad, said Mr. Sanusi’s appointment shows that it is Allah alone that enthrones and dethrones. Mr. Ahmad enjoined Mr. Sanusi to bring his knowledge and vast experience to bear on the stool and particularly in restoring the glory of the metropolitan city. He prayed Allah to grant him the charisma, saintly wisdom, and measured courage the institution required.
The spiritual leader of the Conference of Islamic Organisations, CIO, Dhikrullahi Shafi’I, said Sanusi remains the best among the contenders for the stool, the former CBN chief has now assumed a position higher and different from his former office.
“This new position is different from the CBN job. The new emir should realize that he will be dealing with human beings of various characters and tribes unlike his dealings with currencies of different kinds while at CBN. This is a great responsibility. He should not forget history of past Islamic leaders in dealing justly with followers,” Shafi’I said.
The National Amir (President) of The Companion, Association of Muslim men in business and profession, Musibau Oyefeso, described Mr. Sanusi’s appointment as a welcome development. Mr. Oyefeso, the former Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission chief, said he hoped that Mr. Sanusi’s royal assignment will not confine his utility to the nation. He said his brilliance and bluntness have helped in shaping the nation’s economy in positive ways.
The Coordinator, Al-Mu’minaat Social Advocacy project, SAP, Mrs. Sherifah Yusuf-Ajibade prayed that Mr. Sanusi’s reign bring the much desired peace and unity in the country.
Her words: “We witnessed a significant sanity and progress in the banking sector during his tenure as the CBN governor; we hope and pray that his reign as the head of the traditional institutions of the Kano State emirate will bring further development to Kano State and the Nigerian nation as a whole.”
The head, Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, FOMWAN, Lagos State, Mrs. Sariyu Sanusi said Mr. Sanusi’s disciplinary nature and professionalism will help reduce tension in the north.
“It is a welcome development; we congratulate him. He is a go-getter and his appointment will bring progress to the nation,” she said.
Area Unit leader of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN, Lagos State, Mr. Kamil Kalejaiye, said Mr. Sanusi’s appointment will further bridge the gap between the North and the South.
“He has traveled wide, has friends across the world and with age on his side, he will help the nation evolve policies that would eradicate poverty in the North and stem the insurgency,” Kalejaiye said.