Muhammad Sanusi II, former emir of Kano, has been turbaned as the leader of Tijjaniyya Islamic sect.
Sanusi was turbaned as the Khalifa of Tijjaniya sect in Nigeria by Sheikh Mahi Ibrahim Inyass, grand Khalifa of Tijjaniya movement, on Sunday in Senegal.
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.
Auwal Shuaib, secretary-general of the Tijjaniya movement of Nigeria, confirmed the development in a statement.
“The Grand Khalifa of Tijjaniyya Sheikh Mahi Ibrahim Inyass, officially makes announcement of appointing former Emir of Kano, Alh Muhammad Sanusi II, as Grand Khalifa in Nigeria,” the statement read.
“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, deposed Sanusi as the emir of Kano.