- The Tijaniyya Islamic movement in Nigeria now has a new leader
- Muhammad Sanusi II was on Sunday, May 9, turbaned to control the affairs of the religious sect
- The former CBN governor arrived at Senegal on Sunday where he was given the honour
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A former emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has been confirmed and turbaned as the Khalifa (leader) of the Tijaniyya Islamic sect in Nigeria.
The rare honour was given to the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by Sheikh Mahi Ibrahim Inyass, the grand Khalifa of the Tijaniyya movement on Sunday, May 9, in Senegal, The Cable reports.
The development was confirmed in a statement released by Auwal Shuaib, secretary-general of the Tijaniyya movement of Nigeria.
Part of the statement read:
“The Grand Khalifa of Tijjaniyya Sheikh Mahi Ibrahim Inyass, officially makes the announcement of appointing former Emir of Kano, Alh Muhammad Sanusi II, as Grand Khalifa in Nigeria,.
“We pray Almighty Allah to guide him towards discharging his duties and make it beneficial to mankind, Amin.”
Earlier, the report regarding the appointment of Sanusi as the new leader of the Dhariqa Tijjaniyya Islamic sect was described as fake news.
According to Sheikh Mahi Nyass, the grand world leader of the sect, such a high-profile decision could only be reached by prominent Muslim scholars in Nigeria and Senegal after strenuous scrutiny.
Moreover, in his address on Monday, March 15, 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.
"Such decisions have to be discussed at different fora and an agreement must be reached before the announcement."
On his part, Sheikh Ibrahim Dahiru-Bauchi, the son of Sheikh Dahiru Usama-Bauchi, referred to the claim which had already gone viral as false.
Dahiru-Bauchi explained that the younger brother of the grand leader, Sheikh Makey Nyass, was actually quoted wrongly.