The deposed Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II had been threathened not to be habitually resident in Lagos.
In a statement released by the Apapo Oodua Koya (AOKOYA) the Pan Yoruba group on Saturday 14th of March 2020 where it stated that; Sanusi’s plan of relocating to Lagos, one of Yoruba’s city is unhealthy for the culture and heritage of the Yoruba people.
“We caution you not to relocate and live permanently Lagos. As a former Emir of Kano, you have over 50 cities and villages you can live in the North. You do not need to come and live in Lagos. When the Alaafin of Oyo 1 was deposed, he didn’t choose Sokoto or Kano to live.”
AOKOYA claimed that Sanusi’ s relocation to Lagos is a deliberate attempt to challenge the dominion of Yoruba Obas, tradition institutions and possibly use the opportunity to build a counter Fulani Emirate in Yorubaland.
“We are aware that Sanusi coming to Lagos will draw many of his supporters to Lagos. They will be going to pay homage to him in Lagos. It will be an opportunity for him to coordinate Fulani activities in The South West. The millions of Fulani people in Lagos will seek to pay homage to him and differ to him as he becomes a major stakeholder in South West traditional and cultural affairs. This will have short and long term implication for cultural and social equilibrium in Lagos and the entire Yorubaland. All over history, Fulani settlement anywhere have led to pains and anguish not to talk of someone with penchant for Fulani supremacy.” The group said.
This statement however does contradicts the provisions of the Nigeria constitution and the federal character of the nation. Any citizen of Nigeria irrespective of their ethnicity has a fundamental right to live in any part of the country.
The claims hitherto may be baseless except it is otherwise proven that, there is eminent danger to the citizens as a direct result of Sanusi’s stay in Lagos.
In a contrary circumstance, the Oba of Lagos, HRM Akiolu among other well meaning Nigerians have paid a courtesy cum Solidarity visit to the deposed Emir in his Lagos home. Oba Rilwan Akiolu and the deposed Emir took time out to take photographs on Sunday 15th of March during the visit. See pictures below:
The press statement released by AOKOYA was attested by retired Col. Abimbola .
The statement further stated that;
“If in Lagos he will be receiving local and international visitors. Given his enormous wealth, It is a matter of time before he turns himself into a parallel traditional institution in Yorubaland. What Sanusi wants to achieve is to make Lagos another outpost of the Fulani hegemony.”
“Sanusi is a very opportunistic man who grandstands. He is cunny, tribalistic and vain. He claims to be fighting for the masses but has done nothing for them except owning a fleet of cars including Rolls Royce. He is a descendant of Uthman Dan Fodio whose long term ambition is to conquer and subjugate other nationalities in Nigeria. His great grandfather killed millions of people in the North in other to take over their land and resources. Mr Sanusi has not at any time condemned this crime except nursing the ambition to be the custodian of the blood stained crown. His preference for Lagos can only spell doom for the political economy and the culture of Yoruba people.”
Whether or not the deposed Emir is a risk to the Yoruba community is a matter to be proved beyond doubts in order to exempt the deposed Emir from the protection of his rights to live in any part of the country as entrenched in the Nigeria Constitution.