Former CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Emerges New Emir Of Kano

The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been appointed the new Emir of the Kano Emirate.

Sanusi becomes the 14th Emir of the second most powerful Islamic authority in Nigeria after the death of his predecessor Alhaji Dr Abdullahi Ado Bayero, who was the longest serving Emir in the history of the throne after ruling for 51 years.

Former Emir Ado Bayero (Right) with Ooni of Ife Oba Okunade Sijuade (left and Chief MKO Abiola (centre) Image: Ovationinternational/Instagram

Former Emir Ado Bayero (Right) with Ooni of Ife Oba Okunade Sijuade (left and Chief MKO Abiola (centre)
Image: Ovationinternational/Instagram

New Emir- Sanusi Lamido SanusiImage: Premium Times NG

New Emir- Sanusi Lamido SanusiImage: Premium Times NG

Sanusi was chosen for the exalted royal position by a four man committee including four elders of the council or ‘Kingmakers’ consisting of the Makaman Kano Sarki Ibrahim, the Sarki Bai Alhaji Adnana, the Sarki Dawaki Mai Tuta Bello Abubakar, and  the Madakin Kano Yusuf Na Buhari.

According to Premium Times NG, “the Secretary to the Government of Kano state, Rabi’u Bichi, announced the selection of Mr. Sanusi as the new emir of Kano following his recommendation by the kingmakers and approval by Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.”

In a statement at the Government House, Bichi told the press, “Under state customary law, the kingmakers had sat down and forwarded three names to the government to choose the one that will succeed the Late Emir Ado Abdullahi Bayero.

Turbaning Ceremony- Sanusi Lamido Sanusi image:

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

“Out of these three names the government has approved Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Dan Majen Kano, and former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,  as the new emir of Kano,” said Bichi.

Sanusi previously held the position of the Governor of the Central Bank Of Nigeria with his tenure coming to an abrupt halt after President Goodluck Jonathan Suspended him for ‘financial recklessness’.

The 52-year-old is seen by many as a progressive Muslim who will hopefully help tackle the problem of Nigeria’s insurgency.


Born 31 July 1961, the young Sanusi had most of his studies in Nigeria, obtaining degrees in Economic and Islamic law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the International University of Africa, Khartoum.

Sanusi cut his teeth in the banking industry working for various companies including Icon Limited, a subsidiary of Morgan Guaranty Trust Bank of New York, UBA and First Bank Of Nigeria where he became the Executive Director in Charge of Risk Management Control in 2005 and CEO in 2009. 

He was appointed Central Bank Governor on the 3rd of June 2009 and was well-known for sweeping reforms in the Nigerian banking sector.

He became embroiled in a controversy with the Nigerian government after blowing the whistle on some missing funds within the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) after which he was suspended.

He has received several notable awards amongst which is the central Bank Governor of the year award in 2010 and the Times 100 most influential people of 2011.



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