Four years after, Sanusi Now Reinstated As Emir Of Kano

By Chris Udochukwu KANO – Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano and banished from the town, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne. “With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Mallam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday. Emir Sanusi II, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, was known as Lamido Sanusi before becoming king. Governor Yusuf reinstated him right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law. The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019 and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor, Abdullahi Ganduje. That law was used by Ganduje to split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and depose the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano. The decision …

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Timeline of Kano Emirate’s Game of Thrones

KANO – The politics of the ancient and prestigious Emirate of Kano has thrown up some controversial twists and turns in the last ten years. While not as dramatic and shocking as the popular American fantasy drama series, ‘Game of Thrones’, its latest twist is the stuff of a movie script where either a centuries-old tradition or politics wins. Two royal families have been in a supremacy battle in the ancient city: the Bayero and the Sanusi families. Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II beat Aminu Ado Bayero to succeed the latter’s father, Emir Ado Bayero, in 2014. Three months shy of six years later, he would be deposed for his predecessor’s son, Aminu Ado Bayero, amid a fallout with the state governor at the time, Abdullahi Ganduje. Four years and a change of governor later, he is heading back to the throne. Here is a timeline of the good, the bad and the ugly: June 1, 2009: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, then Chief Executive Officer of First Bank, is nominated as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria by President Umaru Yar’Adua. …

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Bill to reinstate old National Anthem passes 2nd reading in Senate

ABUJA- A bill to revert to Nigeria’s old National Anthem, on Thursday, passed second reading in the Senate. This followed the presentation of the lead debate on the general principles of the bill by the sponsor, the Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele during plenary. The bill titled “A Bill for an Act to Provide for the National Anthem of Nigeria, and for matters related thereto, 2024” which was read for the first time on Thursday was given accelerated hearing. Presenting the bill, Opeyemi said that the bill sought to make provisions for Nigeria to revert to its old national anthem that would promote better symbol for unity, peace and prosperity- compared to the current one. He recalled that Nigeria had at independence in 1960, adopted the national anthem titled “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”. “The concept, phraseology and the ideological connotation of the anthem, conveyed and epitomised the significant historic heritage of our dear country, Nigeria. “The anthem upon rendition inspired and stimulated deep sense of patriotism in Nigerians. It was symbolic of Nigeria’s cultural heritage and nationhood. “In retrospect, the national …

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Continued power outage in NorthEast very embarrassing, annoying – Sully Abu

By Viashima Sylvanus, Jalingo JALINGO – After several weeks of total blackout in most parts of the North East region, a veteran Journalist Mr Sully Abu on Thursday said Government’s inability to fix the situation expediently is not only very annoying but embarrassing to the nation. Abu made the remarks while welcoming journalist across selected northern states to Gombe State for a Two Day workshop on Audit Reporting Training, X-raying State Government audit reports. He noted that Nigeria is regrettably on a wrong trajectory in so many ways and the journalists must be able to wake up to their responsibilities by holding leaders accountable and drawing public attention to issues as they affect the people. “I feel so angry that for over a month, most parts of the North East has been in total darkness because of some vandalization of power infrastructure. This does not only happen here. Public infrastructure suffer vandalization all over the world. That does not warrant such neglect of the people. The government must a machinery in place to ensure that these things are fixed quickly. …

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Like SIEC, Governors Will Hijack State Police – Senator Maidoki

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – Senator Garba Musa Maidoki representing Kebbi Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly has said that the statev Police is an excellent idea, but he will not support it because, like the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), the governors will hijack it. He stated this on Wednesday while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the plenary at his National Assembly office Abuja. Reacting to whether he does not think State Police is the solution to the insecurity in the country, Senator Maidoki said: “If you allow state police, what is the likelihood that it will not be like they are controlling State INEC? They have not given us confidence that they can hold elections without subverting the opinion of the people and their mandate. “You subvert their opinion and their mandate, you give it to whosoever you wish, then what right have you to tell us you can defend them? They said we don’t want X, we want Y. You say no, you must take X. Who are you to tell us you have mandate …

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At least 5 dead, 50 injured as stage collapses at Mexico presidential campaign rally (Video)

MEXICO- At least five people were killed and dozens others injured when a part of a stage collapsed on May 22 during a campaign rally in Mexico. The rally was attended by a presidential candidate who escaped injury, according to officials. Terrifying video shows a strong gust of wind forcing the top of the stage to crumple while at least seven people stood on stage for the Citizens Movement party event in the city of San Pedro Garza Garcia in the state of Nuevo Leon. The party’s presidential nominee Jorge Álvarez Máynez was seen smiling and waving his hands as the crowd chanted his name before looking up to see the beams shake loose. He and several others ran for safety toward the back of the stage, while some were spotted cowering in place. At least five people died, officials said. An estimated 50 people were injured, including some who were trapped. Meanwhile, a Mexican journalist, in an update, said the death toll has risen to 9, but this has not been confirmed by officials. Álvarez Máynez said on social …

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Chinese deputy air chief seeks greater cooperation with Nigeria

ABUJA- The Deputy Commander of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Lt.-Gen. Jia Zhigang, has called for greater cooperation with the Nigerian military. Zhigang made the call during a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa, on Wednesday in Abuja. A statement by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Tukur Gusau, indicated that the Chinese officer was in Nigeria on the invitation of the Chief of Air Staff for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) 60th anniversary. He said the cooperation would be in the areas of research, innovation, development of Unmanned Area Vehicles, and training of younger Nigerian air force officers. He expressed gratitude for the invitation by NAF, and commended the Armed Forces of Nigeria for the successes recorded in the fight against terrorism, insurgency and other crimilities. In his response, Gen. Musa said that Nigeria and China had come a long way and thanked China for supporting Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and insurgency. The CDS expressed gratitude to China for the progress so far recorded in the areas of production of …

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Countering fake news is responsibility of all stakeholders– Minister

ABUJA- Alhaji Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, says the duty of addressing and countering fake news is the responsibility of all stakeholders. Idris stated this on Wednesday in Abuja at the Ministerial Press Briefing to herald activities lined up to mark President Bola Tinubu’s first year in office. “Misinformation is a cancer that may lead to a breakdown of law and order in the country; it is also useful to understand that democracy cannot grow without media and press freedom,” he said. He explained that the media space in Nigeria was largely free, adding that President Tinubu was determined to make it even freer. “The freedom that the media enjoys also carries along responsibility. “While it is the right of media practitioners to report, they should also have a duty to ensure it is done responsibly, honestly and with a deep sense of patriotism. “You cannot say something is free while it is also fake or not true. Press freedom relates to the ability of a practitioner or anybody to relate a story responsibly, honestly and …

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Impeachment: Security presence greets Cross River Assembly complex

CALABAR- Security personnel have taken over the Cross River House of Assembly complex, following the impeachment of the Speaker, Mr Elvert Anyambem, on Wednesday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the speaker’s removal almost resulted in a clash between his supporters and other members of house The state Commissioner of Police, Gyogon Grimah was sighted in the mist of other security personnel around the assembly complex. Analysts say the presence of the security personnel is to forestall breakdown of law and order around the complex. It would be recalled that the speaker was impeached on Wednesday on grounds of  gross misconduct, high-handedness and misappropriation of funds. Anyambem’s impeachment was carried out at a sitting of the assembly in which he was preceding. The impeachment notice was singed by 17 out of the 25 members of the assembly. (NAN)

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Insecurity: Army now waits until State Governor gives them grant before doing their job – Sen Maidoki

Federal lawmaker representing Kebbi South senatorial district, Sen. Garba Musa Maidoki has expressed sadness over the recent killing of his twelve constituents by insurgents in the Kebbi state. In this exclusive interview with our National Assembly correspondent, Senator Maidoki narrated how the Kebbi State governor said he commits five hundred million naira (N500m) to keeping security in the state as a whole. Senator Maidoki asked: “where is the money we (Senate) passed for the Army to do their job, what is it for? Adding that Army now have to wait until the State Governor gives them grant before they do their job? He also gives insights as to why he cannot support state police in the ongoing constitition review in the 10th National Assembly. Excerpts: Qstn: Distinguished Senator, yesterday at the plenary, there was a point of order by Senator Jibril Isah, Kogi East, on the state of insecurity in his area, specifically at Omala Local Government Area, where there were clashes and some people allegedly killed. During your contribution, you made a very salient point that in Kebbi State, …

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