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Kano mysterious deaths: What dethroned Emir Sanusi II should do for his people



Kano State is passing tough period recently as the State’s Capital and ancient city of Kano loses more prominent individuals to mysterious deaths amidst coronavirus pandemic.

However, many times, the Governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the commissioner for health have come out to deny reports that claims the mysterious deaths in Kano are connected the novel coronavirus disease.


The mysterious deaths in Kano had not gained much attention this days, until Friday when it started to claim lives of prominent personalities in the State.

On Friday, Prof Aliyu Dikko of the Department of Physiology, Bayero University Kano died of an ‘unknown illness’.


Barely 48 hours after the Aliyu’s death, another professor of the Department of Mass Communication at BUK, Balarabe Maikaba, also succumbed to the ‘strange’ illness.

Again, last Saturday, another prominent person in Kano State, Dr Sabo Kurawa, died after a brief illness, Kurawa was said to be one of the pioneering founders of the Department of Sociology and a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor at BUK.


Prof Ibrahim Ayagi, a foremost economist in the country also died of a ‘strange illness’ in Kano last week, he was said to be a prominent face during the Structural Adjustment Programme debates in the 1980s.

Another prominent person who lost his life in the past few days in Kano was Alhaji Dahiru Rabiu, who was a former Grand Khadi (judge of the Sharia Court of Appeal) in the state.


Other public figures who have died due to strange illness in the past few days in the state includes Dr Musa Umar Gwarzo; Mallam Nasir Maikano Bichi; Musa Tijjani (Editor of Kano-based Triumph Newspaper); and Adamu Isyaku Dal, a former Executive Secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board; Alhaji Salisu Lado, Hajiya Shamsiyya Mustapha, Hajiyaj Nene Umma, Alhaji Garba Sarki Fagge, Dr Nasiru Maikano Bichi, and Ado Gwanja’s mother.

Not satisfied, Kano ‘strange illness’ took a bigger one yesterday when the Emir of Rano, one of the newly created Emirates in Kano state, Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Ila II died few hours after he was rushed to hospital over a critical illness.


Barely 24 hours after the Emir’s death, several claims are being attributed as the cause of his death. A lot of people who reacted to the news of his demise on social media believed the cause of his death and others recorded in Kano are traditional consequences that follows the dethronement and banishment of of former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II.

See some reactions below.


Meanwhile, Sanusi who has accepted his dethronement as an act of destiny should not forget his people during this period as they face various challenges that are claiming the lives of residents in Kano State.

The dethroned emir who has always put the welfare of the people as priority in his concern, but he’s presently far away from his hometown but can still take some actions that will help the people of Kano.

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