Tomorrow, Friday, December 11, 2015, marks the twentieth anniversary on the throne, for His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Nuhu Muhammad Sanusi, the Emir of Dutse. Two weeks ago, I received a call from him; he had called to inform me of the ceremony and asked that I sent my office address so he could send an invitation letter to the anniversary. HRH Muhammad Sanusi was a Delegate to the 2014 National Conference, and was one of the very silent influencers who spent time helping to build bridges across the suspicions which marked most of our time at the Conference. He spoke sparingly but was always a dignified presence amongst the delegates.
My relationship with Dutse became especially strong from 2013, when I was appointed a member of the Technical Committee Governor Sule Lamido tasked with helping to midwife the Jigawa State Television. I travelled to the Jigawa State capital almost on a weekly basis and was delighted at the impressive turnaround that Dutsehas seen in the 20 years that HRH Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi has been Emir.
The transformation had been particularly rapid in the past eight years of Lamido’s governorship of the state. A sleepy town was transformed into a modern capital with well-laid out streets, offices, new housing developments, shops and commercial enterprises; even a brand new Federal university came into the remarkable transformation of the past 20 years.
There must be a lot going for the Emir of Dutse, especially because he never fails to carry himself with dignity. While providing the stability of tradition with so much grace, at a period of fast-paced changes as well the challenges characteristic of a civilian political era, HRH is said to be a passionate golf player and he uses that as a very personal and social form of finding inner peace and calmness.
HRH MuahmmadSanusi is a man of tradition who is nevertheless knowledgeable in the ways and dictates of modernity too. The changes that his city and emirate have witnessed in the past 20 years are testimony to the Emir’s leadership and the ambience that has provided for the development of his community. On this occasion of 20 years on the throne, I will like to extend best wishes to HRH Muhammad Sanusi, Emir of Dutse. Allah yajazamaninsarki. Amin