The inherent inheritance of Africa to Africa threatens a threat.
In our series of letters from African journalists, the editor-in-chief of Nigeria’s Daily Trust newspaper, Mannir Dan Ali, considers why politicians have taken aim at one of the most influential spiritual and traditional leaders in the country’s largely Muslim north.For the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi 11, 2019 looks set to be his “annus horribilis”.This is because one politician in particular, Kano’s Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, is determined to go to great lengths to clip his wings – or possibly remove his entire royal plumage.four or more than 1,000 years, the position of Emir of Kano has been revered. Traditional leaders hold few constitutional powers but are able to exert significant influence as they are seen as custodians of both religion and tradition.Presentational grey line The emir’s role Absolute power before British colonial rule.
Became part of colonial administration Few constitutional powers since independence
Seen as custodian of religion and tradition
Revered in the mainly Muslim north
Presentational grey lineBut last month, Mr Ganduje cut the historic Kano emirate into five. It left Muhammadu Sanusi II presiding over the smallest, though most densely populated, portion.It is a move that diminishes the emir’s prestige.