Clashes as Nigeria's former bank chief sworn in as Muslim leader

A picture taken on August 14, 2009 shows Lamido Sanusi speaking in LagosKano (Nigeria) (AFP) – Nigeria’s new Muslim monarch, the Emir of Kano, was sworn in on Monday, after a second day of violence fuelled by suspicions that politics, not religion, was behind the appointment. Thousands of well-wishers turned out at the Kano state government headquarters as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was given his official letter of appointment to the influential role by governor Rabiu Kwankwaso. Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor Sanusi’s nomination on Sunday sparked violence in the northern city, as supporters of the late emir’s eldest son took to the streets armed with sticks and stones, setting fires in protest. The violence worsened on Monday, as they clashed with supporters of Sanusi and Kwankwaso, who had turned out in their hundreds wearing white robes and red caps to march on the seat of state government.

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