The deposed Emir is no stranger to controversy, as it has trailed throughout majority of his life. It is because of controversies why he is the most popular traditional ruler from the North.

1. The beheading of Gideon Akaluka

Sanusi is one of those fingered in the 1995 beheading of a trader, Gideon Akaluka. It is alleged that Sanusi and several other jihadists beheaded Akaluka and paraded his bodiless head around the streets of Kano after his wife was accused of desecrating the Koran.

He was allegedly saved from paying for his crimes by Alhaji Umar Mutallab, former Chairman of First Bank and father of Underwear Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who took him under his wings and steered him towards a career in banking.

2. CBN

In 2009, Sanusi was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. His tenure was filled with multiple controversies

· Islamic BankingSanusi came under fire for allegedly trying to Islamise Nigeria after he made moves to introduce Islamic banking into Nigeria. Although he insisted that it had nothing to do with Islamic beliefs, CBN described the planned introduction as “a ploy to turn Nigeria into an Islamic country.”

· Bank reforms

Immediately after his appointment as CBN Governor, he carried out banking reforms popularly known as ‘Sanusi tsunami.’ Many claim that these reforms signified a personal war against bank CEOs; others claim it was a war against the South.

· Missing 20billion

As CBN Governor, Sanusi woke up one morning and claimed that 20billion USD of oil money was missing. He granted interviews, pointed fingers at the NNPC, the petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and the Goodluck Jonathan administration, accusing them of theft. This was the controversy that led to his exit from office. An audit by PWC later stated that no money was missing.

3. Gamji articles

For years, the Emir has written loads of articles posted on Gamji, defending Sharia and the feudal system up North. In an article: http://www.gamji.com/sanusi/sanusi8.htm the Emir defended the introduction of Sharia to Zamfara.

4. Appointment as Emir

Sanusi’s appointment as Emir was unexpected. Many say his appointment was politically motivated so he could be immune for prosecution for his ‘bad behaviour’ at the CBN.

5. Hajj Stampede

After the Hajj Stampede in 2015, the Emir was in the news again for saying that refusal to perform the stoning of the devil would not in any way invalidate one’s pilgrimage. He was harshly criticised by Islamic scholars.

6. Ese Oruru

During the Ese Oruru abduction saga in 2016, the Emir’s name popped up. It was alleged that he was aware of her abduction and marriage to abductor Yunusa. Although he publicly denied supporting the abduction and marriage, the Emir was accused of turning a blind eye and not doing enough.

7. Young Bride

The Emir’s latest wife, Sa’adatu Barkindo-Musdafa, the daughter of the Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo-Musdafa is still a teenager. In 2015, when PREMIUM TIMES first broke the news, there was mass outrage. Emir defended himself by writing an epistle on how he should be allowed to practice his religion in peace.

8. Criticism of the North

The Emir has spent the past few months critiquing northern leaders and their various methods. He has complained about Sharia in Zamfara, early marriage, poverty and poor education in Northern Nigeria. His criticisms are said to be responsible for his current probe, although the official reason is ‘’financial misappropriation.’’ The Emir is keen on criticising things he once endorsed or turned a blind eye to.

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