Nigerians have reacted to the dethronement of Sanusi Lamido Mohammad as Emir of Kano, on Monday.
For some, it was shock, disappointment, commendations, condemnations others, it was was overdue.
While some Nigerians, on their various Twitter handles, decried that Sanusi was drowned in the realm of politics for speaking the truth as a traditional ruler, others noted that Sanusi’s dethronement could serve as a springboard for him to attain to greater heights in the nation’s landscape.
In a letter addressed to Sanusi, former President Olusegun Obasanjo described Sanusi’s removal as a medley of sadness and goodness.
Obasanjo regarded Sanusi’s dethronement as undeserving, on one hand, and also good because Sanusi paid the price.
He prayed that Sanusi has the courage to continue to serve in the best interest of the country and humanity, at large.
“I woke up this morning and after my morning exercise, devotion and my morning meeting with my staff. I heard the sad and the good news of your removal by the executive council of the Kano State Government.
“It is sad because it was undeserved. It is good because you have paid the price. My prayer is that God should give you the fortitude and the courage to continue on the path that you have chosen for yourself in the best interest of our country and humanity,” Obasanjo said.
Tweeting at @Omojuwa, popular social media influencer, JJ Omojuwa held that though Sanusi had lost his traditional power, he will continue to have an impactful influence on politics in Nigeria.
“It was always Sanusi’s dream to make the throne. He made it. He has now been dethroned. I see it as destiny’s way of saying to seek bigger things he could never have sought as an emir.
The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II (KCOB) has finally been removed. This was coming. He has lost traditional power but his influence will always be telling on politics in Nigeria as a whole. This is the end of a season. The series hasn’t ended. It has not,” Omojuwa said.
Spokesperson to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, on his part, described Sanusi’s dethronement as retribution for antagonism to the Jonathan’s government.