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His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano in northern Nigeria, has been deposed by the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for alleged "insubordination" against the regional government. The Emir of Kano is traditionally one of the most revered of Nigeria's subnational monarchies and wields significant influence among Nigerian Muslims. Sanusi II has had a difficult relationships with Kano's governor for some time, criticising the regional government's policies and refusing to participate in state functions; he also refused to appear in front of a panel investigating allegations of corruption against him.

As emir, Sanusi II was a defender of girls' education and an opponent of child marriage. He is considered a proponent of moderate Islam and an enemy of Wahhabi radicalism. He has received death threats from the leader of Boko Haram. Prior to ascending the Kano throne, Sanusi had served as governor of Nigeria's central bank, a role he was expelled from after revealing that some £12 billion in oil revenue had gone missing due to corruption.

Aminu Ado Bayero, son of Sanusi's predecessor as emir Ado Bayero, has been proclaimed the new Emir of Kano.

That which concerns the mystery of the King's power is not lawful to be disputed; for that is to wade into the weakness of Princes, and to take away the mystical reverence that belongs unto them that sit in the throne of God. - James VI and I of England, Scotland and Ireland
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