From Othman Salihu, Kano
The governor of the apex, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has conferred the chieftaincy title of Giwar Dan Maje on his wife, Sadiya at a ceremony held in his Nassarawa GRA, Kano country home on Sunday.
Literarily translated, the titled means, ’Elephant of Dan Maje’ which represents the strength behind the traditional title of the CBN boss.
And as if to rekindle their love which was solemnized 25 years ago, Lamido told the gathering that witnessed the occasion that Sadiya has been the pillar of success in his married life.
According to him, conferring his wife with the title is in appreciation of not just his love for her, but to mark the anniversary of their formal wedding twenty-five years ago and for her sense of purpose.
He said the title represents strength, stability and protection in his home, adding that the silver jubilee occasion of their wedlock incidentally coincided with the golden jubilee celebration of Emir of Kano, Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Bayero’s coronation.
Lamido said, “The title, Giwar Dan Maje which I am conferring on my wife today represents strength, it represents stability, it represents protection. In every household, the first wife is the pillar. She may be joined by one, two or three other wives.
“I give Sadiya a lot of credit for the peace and stability in my house, even those that has not known us but come to the house for the first time easily recognize her as the pillar of stability in the house.
“It is in recognition of this our living together for 25 years and in appreciation of her role that I give her this title.”
Some analysts have expressed that the CBN governor may have conferred the honour on Sadiya because of the understanding she has shown since the ‘campaign of calumny’ wedge against him that he (Sanusi Lamido) is in a steamy love affair with a married staff of the bank, Dr. Maryam Yaro which was awash in a section of the media few weeks back.