Game of Throne in Kano: Sanusi and Bayero Vie for Emirate Throne

27 May 2024

Power Tussle in Kano: Sanusi and Bayero Vie for Emirate Throne


The historical Kano Emirate is currently embroiled in a significant power struggle between two prominent figures, former Emir Muhammad Sanusi II and the current Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero. This conflict, rooted in political maneuvering and historical legacies, has led to heightened tensions in Kano State.

Background of the Tussle

The controversy began in 2020 when former Emir Sanusi was deposed by the Kano State government led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. The reasons cited for his removal included allegations of insubordination and corruption, which Sanusi has vehemently denied. His ousting was seen by many as politically motivated, particularly due to his outspoken criticism of the government’s policies. Following his deposition, Aminu Ado Bayero, the son of the late Emir Ado Bayero, was appointed as the new Emir of Kano ( (

Federal Government Interference

The federal government's involvement in the tussle has further complicated matters. Recently, the deployment of troops to the Emir's palace has been criticized by various political groups, including the New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP), which condemned the move as a violation of constitutional principles and a "show of shame." The deployment was seen as an overreach of federal powers into state affairs, exacerbating the already tense situation (

Civil Society and Public Reaction

Civil society organizations, such as the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), have called for immediate action to preserve peace and stability in Kano. They stress the importance of legal and peaceful resolution mechanisms to address the dispute. CISLAC has urged both state and federal governments to engage in dialogue to prevent further escalation of violence (

Protests and Public Unrest

The power struggle has sparked protests across Kano, with supporters of both Sanusi and Bayero taking to the streets. The demonstrations have occasionally turned violent, prompting the state government to consider imposing a curfew to restore order. The unrest highlights the deep-seated loyalties and divisions among the Kano populace regarding their preferred leader

The ongoing conflict in Kano's emirate is a multifaceted issue involving historical grievances, political power plays, and significant public interest. As the situation develops, the need for a peaceful and constitutional resolution remains paramount to ensure the stability and peace of Kano State.


- Punch: [Emirate Tussle: Tension in Kano as Sanusi, Bayero Jostle for Throne](

- Blueprint: [Kano Emirate Tussle: CISLAC Calls for Immediate Action to Preserve Peace, Stability](

- Leadership: [No End in Sight to Kano Emirate Tussle, Protests Erupt](

- The Guardian: [Emirate Tussle: Protest Rocks Kano as Govt Considers Curfew to Curtail Violence](

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