A former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has been turbaned as the leader of the Tijaniyya Islamic sect worldwide.
Sanusi was turbaned as the Khalifa of the Tijaniyya sect in Nigeria by Sheikh Mahi Ibrahim Inyass, grand Khalifa of the Tijaniyya movement, in Senegal, West Africa.
In March, the former emir was announced as the leader of the Tijaniyya sect at its annual gathering in Sokoto.
The two factions of the sect appointed the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor as their leader during the Maulud celebration of Inyass.
Secretary-General of the Tijaniyya movement of Nigeria, Auwal Shuaib, confirmed the development in a statement.
The statement read in part:
“The Grand Khalifa of Tijjaniyya Sheikh Mahi Ibrahim Inyass officially makes an announcement of appointing former Emir of Kano, Alhaj Muhammad Sanusi II, as Grand Khalifa in Nigeria.
“We pray Almighty Allah to guide him towards discharging his duties and make it beneficial to mankind, Amin.”
The development comes one year after Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano governor, dethrone Sanusi as the emir of Kano.