Nigerians from all walks of life converged on the ancient city of Kano to honour and witness the turbaning of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Dan Majen Kano, by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.
The title of Dan Majen Kano is very historic to the Kano Emirate. It commenced and became an inherited title by the Fulani dynasty which indicates Fulani rulership of Kano Emirate since about 500 years ago.
The event was indeed historic and without keeping the mammoth crowd waiting, the Emir announced why the apex bank chief was being honoured.
“We have bestowed on you the title of Dan Majen Kano in recognition of your experience and exposure as well as your good character. We are aware of your good work not only in Nigeria but also abroad.
“We are also aware of your patriotism and cordial relationship with the people as well as your support to the less privileged,” the royal father said.
The Emir said the nation also appreciated Sanusi’s effort at reviving the nation’s economy and urged him not to relent on the good work.
Sanusi was turbaned a few minutes after 10 am, as his friends and family members watched with admiration. The venue could hardly accommodate those who had thronged the place as early as 6am.
The title Dan Majen is exclusively reserved for the royal family members right from the Kano Habe dynasty and the Sullubawa dynasty as most prominent among those who held the title under the Sullubawa dynasty was the Emir of Kano Ali IbnAbdullahi alias Alu who reigned between 1894 and 1903.
According to history, the first category of the titles is reserved for royal family members while the second is for the descendants of the jihad leaders such as the Makama, and the third category for outstanding people who served and brought great benefit to the emirate.
Spokesman of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Committee of Friends (SLSCoF) Mr Olawale Edun remarked thus: “ Once he is convinced about the rightness of a cause, he would not shy from embracing the road least taken. He is never afraid of walking alone.
This is a rare trait in our public life these days when people in authority are eager to play to the gallery. It is a fast-vanishing but needed leadership quality, which Sanusi, happily, has in good measure.
“Another remarkable attribute of Sanusi is his simplicity and humility, despite that he actually carries the proverbial blue blood in his vessels. Every single drop of it. Yet he has not let the nobility of his birth confine him to the comfort of entitlement. He has worked hard for and earned everything that has come his way.
Beyond that, this is one prince blessed with a relentless hunger for social change—one who is privileged to have the good life but who desires the good society instead. From my earliest memories of him, Sanusi has always held that promise.
“The way he mixes spirituality and sociability is even more remarkable. Without doubt Sanusi takes his faith seriously. But in practice, he has demonstrated in his personal life how entirely possible it is to pay Godly dues without holding back from Caesar.
Acknowledging Sanusi’s love for culture, Edun, a former commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, described Sanusi as man of tradition and culture.
"He is seen as a man of great achievements. Interestingly, this great achiever is one that is true to his roots. His value of tradition, culture and history of his people is worth emulating and commendable. And with this title, he is following after the footsteps of his ancestors," Edun said at a news conference.
The success of the event is an indication that Sanusi has tremendous goodwill and support from people from all walks of life across the country. And that is why they willingly attended and commited resources to make the landmark event a success.
Among dignitaries who graced the occasion were Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, General Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Inspector-General of Police MD Abubakar, former Chief Judge of the Federation, Justice Muhammad Lawal Uwais, Mr. Bisi Olatilo, Senator Bukola Saraki.
Others were minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, former governors of Bauchi and Ondo State, Adamu Muazu and the governors of Kebbi, Sokoto, Gombe, Edo, Delta, Osun , Imo and the deputy governor of Zamfara state.