Hundreds of people are still protesting over the emergence of the immediate past Central Bank Governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as the new Emir of Kano, Northwest Nigeria. And number of schools are closed due to the protest.
Hundreds of young people made bonfires on Emir palace road on Monday in Kano city. Vehicles and tricycles were forced to hold green leaves while chanting 'bamuayi.'
Following the protests, most parents became apprehensive and refused to take their children to school. A number of schools remain shut in the city while additional security was noticed in bank premises.
Although the protests were concentrated within the old city, city dwellers avoided the streets.
In Sabon Gari, a predominantly Christian quarters, business activities suffered hiccup as most shops remained closed for fear of looting by protesters.
Few minutes after his announcement as the new Emir of Kano yesterday, residents went wild, torching some houses and cars within Kano city. The protesters marched from the city through Kofar Nasarawa into the state road. They later moved towards Government House where they were stopped by security guards.
Last night, the Federal Government grounded a private jet that took Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and other leaders of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to Kano, disallowing it from flying back to Port Harcourt.
It was gathered this morning that a plane carrying Governor Tanko Al-Makura to Kano Airport was also not given clearance to land by the Commandant of the Airport.
Major General Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, confirmed the ban on flight of private jets to Kano by the military for “security reasons,” the nature of which he failed to explain.
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) also confirmed that the ban was imposed by the military.
Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, a former minister of Federal Capital Territory and a chieftain of APC said the ban was part of the ongoing persecution of Sanusi by the Jonathan administration.
The relationship between President Jonathan and the former CBN Governor had turned sour few months before the end of his tenure at the apex bank.
When the death of Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, was announced last Friday, many Nigerians had anticipated that the former CBN Governor will not to be the favourite candidate of the Presidency and the PDP for the new position.
This was why the PDP wasted no time in sending a congratulatory message when rumour filtered in yesterday afternoon that the eldest son of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero has been appointed as the new Emir of Kano. However, the PDP later withdrew the statement and had not deemed it fit to send another one to Lamido Sanusi.