Controversy As Reinstatement Of Sanusi’s Portrait At Coronation Hall In Kano
Controversy raged in the ancient city of Kano during the week, sequel to the reinstatement of Malam Muhammad Sanusi II potrait at Coronation Arena, Kano Government House.
The facility that is currently undergoing face lift was built by the former governor of the state, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in 2014 where the deposed emir was installed as the 14th Fulani emir of Kano.
Sanusi II potrait was subsequently removed from the hall by the last administration shortly after he was removed as emir, and was replaced by the current holder, Aminu Ado Bayero.
A visit to the multi purpose historical facility by Daily Independent shows that portraits of Mr. President, and the Commander in Chief, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, and that of the incumbent governor of Kano state, Abba Kabir Yusuf adorned the spacious building that is now wearing new colours, red, and white.
Residents appeared divided over the development on the social media, while a large chunk of NNPP supporters saw it as a welcome development, a number of residents saw it as a sign of returning the deposed emir to throne of his forefathers.
Kano State Government React
But in a reaction, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor said “the history of the coronation hall is synonymous to the 14th emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sanusi”
The soft spoken image maker explained that the arena “was built for his presentation of staff of office after he was crowned as the emir succeeding late Alhaji Ado Bayero in 2014 during the administration of Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.”
Mr. Dawakin-Tofa stressed that “So traditionally, his picture shall remain there forever. Bringing back the picture of the 14th is part of the ongoing rehabilitation to give the Coronation hall a face lift”.