The deposed emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Thursday left Nigeria for Kaolack, Senegal to attend the burial of Sheikh Tijjani Nyass, the son of Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass.
The scholar died on Monday at the age of 65.
In his condolence message addressed to President Macky Sall, government and people of Senegal as well as millions of members of the sect in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed deep sadness over his demise.
President Buhari said: “It is really sad news for all of us to learn that our beloved Khalifa, Sheikh Ahmed Niass, has passed away in Senegal.
“Sheikh Ahmed Niass, who took over from his father, Sheikh Ibrahim Niass, did not at all disappoint the large followers of his greatly adored father.
”He will be remembered for his impeccable service to Islam and passion towards the sect’s followers, which has a large body in Nigeria.”