The dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi has reacted to his dethronement by the Kano State Executive Council.
His reaction was contained in a recording made available to Premium Times.
In the over four minutes video message, the Emir said he had accepted the dethronement as the will of Allah and an act of destiny.
He said, “With almost six years on this throne and (in charge of) our heritage. Today, the Almighty Allah, who gave me the leadership has destined to take it back,” Mr Sanusi said.
“As I always say, leadership has predetermined tenure, the days Allah destined are numbered. When the days come to an end one must leave.
“We have accepted whatever Allah decides. We have agreed. We appreciate (God). We are happy and we know it is what is best for us.”
According to Premium Times, the video was recorded at the palace before the ousted Emir was whisked away from the palace by security men.
He appealed to all titleholders and security personnel to give their support to whoever emerges as his successor.
“We enjoin everyone to remain peaceful. We have directed our family, our children and those that support us that whoever gets it and is endorsed by the people they should pay allegiance to him.
“They should follow him (the new emir). They should guard his honour and dignity because that is also the honour and dignity of this palace.”
Mr Sanusi said he took pride in the way he ended like his grandfather who was also dethroned as the Emir of Kano in 1963.
“It is a thing of pride that made us to rule and end in the same fashion as Halifa,” he said using his grandfather’s sobriquet.
A son of late Ado Bayero, Sanusi’s predecessor has been announced as his successor with approval of the Kano Emirate Kingmakers.