Stop Kano State from trampling on the basic human rights of HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II

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His Royal Highness (HRH) Muhammadu Sanusi II now “former” Emir of Kano was once called the “most intelligent man in Nigeria” by former IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde.

HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, by TIME Magazine in 2011. HRH is a household name in Nigeria and indeed Africa. He is regarded as one of the most educated and progressive traditional rulers in Nigeria.

The Governor of Kano State – Abdullahi Ganduje, in what has been referred to as “political vendetta” dethroned HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II for “insubordination'' and “disrespect,” and exiled him first to Loko town and then to Lafia in Nasarawa State. This act of banishment is as medieval as it is antiquated in this digital age and is intended to inflict maximum suffering.

Every Nigerian citizen is guaranteed the right to personal liberty according to Section 35 of the Nigerian constitution. The government is clearly perpetuating an illegal and unconstitutional act against HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II.

The Nigerian Diaspora Ombudsman Voices therefore call on you to sign this petition asking for:

1. The immediate release of HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II so that he can regain his liberty and be reunited with family members

2. Help bring to the attention of the International Community the abuse of the human rights of HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II and the genuine concerns about his personal safety and security.

Thank You,

Nigerian Diaspora Ombudsman Voices

Professor Isa Odidi, Executive Director.