- The former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has added another feather to his cap
- The former traditional ruler was named as the leader of the Tijjaniya sect in Nigeria
- Sanusi's appointment takes effect one year after he was deposed as the Emir of Kano
- However, the sect's grand leader, Sheikh Mahi Nyass, has explained that a statement that mentioned Sanusi in relation to the position was quoted out of context
A former Emir of Kano and past governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammadu Sanusi II has been appointed as the leader of the Tijjaniya sect in Nigeria.
Daily Trust reports that Sanusi's appointment was announced in Sokoto state at the ongoing conference of the sect.
His nomination takes effect one year after he was dethroned by Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state.
The sect has not appointed any leader since the death of Sheikh Khalifa Isyaku Rabiu back in 2018.
It was gathered that Sanusi’s late grandfather, the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi I, was a leader of Tijjaniyah, a Sufi order.
Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state, confirmed Sanusi’s appointment at the formal inauguration of the KADIPA board on Thursday, March 4.
The governor thanked the former emir for accepting to serve the people of the state. He also urged the board, chaired by Hadiza Balarabe, his deputy, to double its efforts in making the state the topmost investment destination in Nigeria.
However, Sheikh Mahi Nyass, the grand world leader the sect, has denied the report about Sanusi's latest appointment, explaining such a high-profile decision can only be reached by prominent Muslim scholars in Nigeria and Senegal after strenuous scrutiny.
In fact, Nyass disclosed that Sanusi has not even indicated an interest in the said office, adding that the authorities are yet to fashion out modalities for the appointment.
Muhammadu Sanusi offered fellowship programme at Oxford University
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Sanusi went back to school after he was offered a fellowship programme at Oxford University.
The development was announced by the varsity's management committee of the African studies after the former emir's request was granted.
Sanusi resumed for the 2020-2021 academic year and use the period to write a book based on his experience as a banker, public analyst, economy expert, and former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor.
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