Former Kano Emir Not Appointed Tijjaniyya Leader in Nigeria, Says Group World Leader
The Islamic mystical group, the Tijjaniyya, has explained that it has not approved the appointment of former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, as its leader in Nigeria.
The grand world leader (Caliphatul Aam) of the group, Sheikh Mahi Nyass, gave this explanation to newsmen in Sokoto on Monday, saying to appoint the group’s leader in Nigeria, some processes must be followed which include scrutiny and nomination from scholars in Nigeria and Senegal.
“Such decisions have to be discussed at different fora, and agreement must be reached before the announcement.
“After nomination, a letter of credence endorsed by a group of scholars, duly signed and stamped by the Caliphatul Aam must be presented to the person appointed,” he clarified.
According to him, the former Kano emir has not passed through the laid down processes, and has, in fact, not indicated interest nor presented himself for the position.
“Unity of followers is paramount and I enjoin adherents of the sect to dedicate themselves in true worship, foster increased brotherhood and love among them” he said.
A viral video clip that emerged during the weekend showed the representative of Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass in Sokoto, Sheikh Makky Nyass, affirming the former emir as the leader of Tijjaniya in Nigeria.
But, Sheikh Ibrahim Dahiru-Bauchi, son of Sheikh Dahiru Usman-Bauchi, described the information about the appointment of Sanusi as fake news.
“The Dhariqa Tijjaniyya is base on knowledge and scholarship rooted in extant adherence to stipulated guidelines and obedience to Allah and those in charge of Dhariqa affairs.
“The junior brother of Grand Leader, Sheikh Makey Nyass was quoted out of context in the report. What he said was that Sanusi has been following the footsteps of his late grandfather, Muhammadu Sanusi I.
“Nyass only tried to compare the life experiences Sanusi and that of his late grandfather after being deposed from throne,” he said.