Apparently the uncouth attacks on Shia Islam in general and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria was this time not sufficient to save Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido from Humiliation by those he tried to impress by attacking the Movement anytime he tries to save his reign on the hitherto vast Kano domain.
Abasement and humiliation were brought down upon him as the Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, when the later signed the bill into law that balkanized the Kano Emirate. His recent outburst against Shi’ah Islam could not save him this time around.
True were the words of God in Qur’an Chapter 39 verse 26 that “Allah gave them a taste of humiliation in the present life, but greater is the punishment of the Hereafter, if they only knew!”
It will be recalled that since becoming the Emir of Kano under some controversial circumstances in 2015 and the accusations that he is a Shi’ite himself that trailed his appointment, he sought every possible avenue to distance himself from Shiism and take an unpolished swipe at Shi’a Islam and the Islamic Movement.
The first opportunity presented itself in December 2015, soon after the genocide in Zaria. Emir Sanusi was one of the very few who gave an open approval with his diatribes against the Islamic Movement and its leadership.
He was again soon seen secretly meeting with some paid agents in his palace as they plotted how to completely “eradicate Shi’ah and the Islamic Movement completely” from Kano and indeed Nigeria. In fact, he was said to have exchanged emails with the Kaduna state governor, Nasiru Ahmed Elrufai, stating that it was their last chance to do away with Sheikh Zakzaky and his Movement.
Again, he joined the victory party of President Buhari in Mecca early in 2016 along with many of the Wahabi clerics who supported the genocide in Zaria in what they termed “lesser Hajj” at the time, but what clearly was a celebration of what they considered to be victory over Sheikh Zakzaky and his Movement.
Only recently when he started falling out of favour of the current Governor who regards him as supporting a former governor’s choice to contest his office, he sought to defuse the pressure by attacks on Shi’ah Islam again since it was obvious to him that it is the only thing they have in common with the governor. He was caught on tape saying that Kano and indeed Nigeria was built on the basis of Sunni Islam and would therefore never tolerate Shi’ah Islam.
Emir Sanusi again vehemently critiqued Prof. Dahiru Yahya’s paper presented at a recent national conference on Kano’s politics, economy, and society since the earliest times to the present, where the Professor of History claimed that Emir Abbas (1903-1919) (the 8th Fulani King) was a Shi’ite.
In any case, his open show of animosity towards Shi’ah and the Islamic Movement has not saved him from tasting a degrading humiliation in this worldly life in the hands of those he tried hardest to impress. The bill that split Emir Sanusi’s vast area of influence was presented on Monday, passed on Tuesday and signed into law on Wednesday.