By Mustapha Usman, Kano
The emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has suspended the district head of Takai, Bashir Ado Bayero, for alleged disloyalty.
Trouble began for Mr Bayero, who doubles as Dan Lawan of Kano, when the emir denied him permission to travel to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj and medical checkup.
The emir subsequently appointed an interim administrator for the district in person of Mahmudu Shettima, following Mr Bayero’s insistence to travel.
Palace sources said the emir may appoint his uncle, Yariman Kano Umar Sanusi, to replace Mr Bayero.
The emir had on October 28, 2015 sacked the eldest son of his predecessor, Chiroman Kano Sanusi Bayero, and stripped him of Chiroman Kano title for failure to pay allegiance to him.
The emir however conferred the title on Chiroman Kano’s younger brother, Nasiru Bayero.
“It would be recalled that since the present emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi ll was appointed emir on June 8, 2014, all the council members, district heads and other traditional title holders have registered their loyalty to the emir except the Ciroma despite his position as a senior member of the council,” the palace said in a statement in October 2015.
The latest suspension of the younger Bayero does not come as a surprise to the feelers in the palace.
DAILY NIGERIAN reliably learnt from palace sources that the emir and the district head have been on collision course as Mr Bayero does not accord the emir due respect.
“He would pay the normal homage whenever the emir holds court but he is not too loyal to the emir. But it is obvious the two are not in good terms.
“It took the intervention of some top councilors for the emir to spare him in the past,” said a source familiar with the palace intrigues.
Palace spokesman, Munir Sanusi, could not be reached for comment.