The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has spoken about the reaction to his removal from office on Monday.
Sanusi said that his removal is nothing new because every power is transient except that of God.
In the video message which appeared to have been recorded at the Kano Palace on Monday before he was whisked away into exile by security personnel, Mr Sanusi said he accepted his dethronement as an act of destiny.
Full speech translated from Hausa to English:
“In the name of Allah, peace be unto you all.
“We are always thankful to Almighty Allah. God in his infinite mercy made me the Emir of Kano on the 8th of June, 2014
“I live in good health for almost six years on the throne. Today, God that has given me the royalty Has withdrawn it. We do say this everyday that being on the throne has a fixed time and only God knows when your days will expire. Whether you like it or not, you must go. So, we have accepted and we are thankful to God. We would like to thank the people of Kano for the love they have shown to us and loyalty.
“We are also thankful to our disciples and our aides. We call on the people of Kano to remain calm. We wish to plead to you to support whoever emerges as the new emir and show solidarity to him and protect his integrity.
“We thank all our relatives and plead with them to be patient. We are reminding them that God does not make mistakes. What God has chosen is the right thing.
“We also thank God for given us the opportunity to erect new structures in the palace and renovate old ones. We pray that God brings us even more closer to Him. May Allah give Nigeria good leaders.
“Thank you! We have left you in peace!”
A son of late Ado Bayero who was Mr Sanusi’s predecessor, Aminu Bayero, has been announced as the new emir with the endorsement of the four Kano kingmakers.