It is all the fault of HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II. Why did he leave the more vibrant, open and more active life of general public service just to go and “imprison” himself and his erudite capacities in that enclave of ceremony and tradition? Today’s world is about work, service and cultural rejuvenation and change, but not about ceremonies and traditions. It would have been wiser and more worthwhile if HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II remained the erudite, respected and indefatigable Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Now, our hero, our role model is there “imprisoned” in the enclave of ceremony and tradition – he has limited power and freedom, he has a magic-less wand to wield, he has pomp and pomp, but without pageantry. The metamorphosis from Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to Muhammadu Sanusi II was a bad turn – it was his own psychological “five minutes”.
That a First Class Emir would need to secure the permission of a Local Government Chairman, or a Governor, in order to travel or perform certain official duties certainly spells that Nigeria’s Traditional Institution (of leadership) is in tatters. Members of the institution themselves committed suicide by killing the institution themselves. The institution is now bedeviled with cheap and pretentious display of vanity, with very visible and much lacking in elegance and splendour.
I pray that HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II remake himself and then returns to being Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Just leave that enclave, Mai-Martaba. Your erudity and capacity are larger than life in that enclave, where a Gov Ganduje has the political will-power to belittle.
In case Mai-Martaba still wishes to continue as Muhammadu Sanusi II (at the mercy of a Gov Ganduje), may I beg that he hands over to me his Sanusi-Lamido-Sanusi crown. I may not be able, but I am willing!