Today saw the glimpse of what the 2015 presidential race will resemble as the Central Bank Governor [CBN], Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was turbaned as the Dan Majen Kano – in Kano State. The former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu and the former military dictator of Nigeria, Malam Muhammadu Buhari both arrived together to the event.
As 247ureports.com gathered, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, turbaned the CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi at minutes after 10 a.m. While installing the CBN Governor, the Emir pronounced that “we have installed you, Dan Majen Kano, in recognition of your experience and exposure as well as your good character. We are aware of your good work not only in Nigeria but also abroad. We are also aware of your patriotism and cordial relationship with the people including your support to the less privileged, plus your effort at reviving the economy and urge you not to relent on your good work.”
Some indigenes of Kano who spoke with our correspondent explained the significance of the new titled given to the CBN Governor. It is gathered that the title Dan Majen was exclusively reserved for the royal family from Kano Habe dynasty and the Sullubawa dynasty. The most prominent among those who held the title under the Sullubawa dynasty was the Emir of Kano Ali Ibn Abdullahi alias Alu who reigned between 1894 and 1903. According to history, the first category of titles is reserved for royal family members while the second is for the decedents of the jihad leaders such as the Makama, and the third category for outstanding people who served and brought great benefit to Kano people.
Among dignitaries who graced the occasion were Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, ACN leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, General Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, Inspector-General of Police MD Abubakar, and former Chief Judge of Federation Lawal Uwais.
Former Kwara State governor, Senator Bukola Saraki, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, former governors of Bauchi and Ondo state, Adamu Muazu and Gbenga Daniel, the governors of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Gombe, Edo, Delta, Osun , Imo were also in attendance. Former Vice President and chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alex Ekwueme, former Defense Minister, Theophulos Danjuma and Business Mogul, Aliko Dangote were present at the occasion. The Kano state government was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Umar Ganduje, just the Oba of Lagos Rilwanu Akiolu and other traditional rulers were also spotted at the occasion.
In a related development, the joint arrival of both the Presidential Candidate of Congress for Progressive Change [CPC], Malam Buhari and the former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu raised eyebrows as to the rumored talks between the ACN and the CPC for a possible joint ticket in 2015 presidential race.
But Buhari was quick to quell the rumor adding that no deal has been struck on the on-going merger talk between the ACN and the CPC. The former dictator admitted that talks are in progress. In his words, “I can tell you that the merger talks are on but the outcome is not yet for you. We are here to witness the turbaning ceremony of the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Dan Majen Kano. No deal yet on the merger talks. As soon as the deal is struck, you will know, we met in Kaduna on Thursday but no decision was taken.” –