Sanusi dethroned as Emir of Kano

Outspoken Emir of Nigeria’s ancient Kano State has been dethroned in a long awaited move following months of tension between him and the state governor.

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II was dethroned by the state’s Executive Council special sitting that took place today. The council unanimously approved his dethronement according to a tweet by special assistant to state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The Emir has held the post since 2014. He had previously served as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. His outspokenness on critical social issues that was at variance with the state policy is believed to be at the heart of his rift with Ganduje.