Why Kano Emir Sanusi Lamido will not sleep with his new 18 yrs old bride till 2019

Emir Sanusi with new wife Saadatu

In the past few
months, the entire media sphere has gone viral with the news of the Emir of
Kano, North West, Nigeria and immediate past Governor of Nigeria’s apex bank, Central Bank of Nigeria,   Lamido Sanusi Lamido’s decision to take
an 18year old northern princess as wife number 4.

Penultimate Friday
afternoon, the wedding Fathia took place at a Central
Mosque in Yola, Capital of Adamawa State after the popular Jumat prayers between the
54 year old Emir of Kano and his 18
year old bride, Saadatu.
Though the marriage
has sparked controversy with many saying the girl has just barely turned an
adult, however another school of thought said the girl is of marriageable age.
The secret wedding was contracted in a low-keyed ceremony in the town of Yola on Friday. It was gathered that
the wedding Fatiha held inside the
palace of the Lamido of Adamawa (Traditional Ruler of Adamawa) minutes after Jumma’at prayer in the center of the

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HRM Sanusi Lamido with Family

Insiders say that
the influential Emir only sent out invitation to some dignitaries across the
country, with Kano State government officials sneaking into Yola
for the wedding Fatiha to avoid media attention.

The Kano State
Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, was
said to have acted as the guardian for the groom, while his Adamawa State
counterpart, Jibrilla Bindow, played
the role of the bride’s guardian, who gave her hand out in marriage to the
monarch. Emir Sanusi’s rumored
marriage to the princess was debunked in the past. “His decision to take a new
wife is in line with Islamic injunction. Islam allows having a maximum of four
wives for those who can treat all of them equally and provide for a large
family,” said a top Kano State government official who travelled to Yola
for the wedding. A social commentator, Dan’Amajiri Ibrahim, argued that in
ancient times, links between empires were tightened by marriages among royals
and nobles across boundaries. “So, the engagement of the Adamawa princess to Emir Sanusi II of Kano may also be a move
to deepen royal bond between Adamawa
and Kano.” You see, historically,
both emirates have similar origins in the 19th Century Uthman dan
Fodio’s Jihad,” he concluded.

HRM Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s first wife, Hajiya Sadiya Sanusi (Nee Bayero)

The plan according
to highly placed northern sources is that the bride will not move in
immediately but will be jetting out of the country to complete her education.
After her secondary education, she is to travel to the United Kingdom for an undergraduate course in computer science in
January 2016 whereby the marriage will be on hold till she completes her study
in 2019 and officially assume the position of Sanusi’s fourth wife”.

The Emir of Kano’s decision for his wife to
further her education is traced down to his advocacy for female education in
northern Nigeria and this is what he has put in place for his new bride to
pursue her education as she is such a brilliant student who scored distinction
in computer science at her O’level.
All of the former
CBN Governor’s 3 wives are also
university graduates, while one of them is currently undertaking a master’s
programme. The Lamido of Adamawa,
who holds a Ph.D in engineering, is said to be very excited at the examples the
northern royals are getting in giving education to women in a region considered
to be very conservative about female and western education.  


wife, Hajiya Sadiya, who is a
daughter of the late emir, Ado Bayero,
holds a bachelor’s degree in education (history) from the Bayero University Kano (BUK) and speaks, Arabic.

His second wife, Hajiya Maryam, holds a BA (combined honors) in Arabic and Islamic studies
also from BUK and is about completing her dissertation for a master’s degree in
education from the University of Abuja. She speaks Arabic and Italian.

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The third wife, Hajiya Rakiya, has an LLB (law) from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and in
LLM from the University of London.
will now
complete Sanusi’s Islamic marital
quota after her university education at the age of 21.
The relationship
that existed between Emir Sanusi and
his in-law, Lamido Adamawa dates back several years ago and as a statement of
friendship and family bonds between the 2 families the marriage was

Emir Lamido Sanusi’s new wife and daughter of Emir of Adamawa, Hajiya Saadatu Sanusi (Nee Musdafa)