… His opposition to Sharia put him on a collision course with many conservative Muslims in the north – and his modernising approach is anathema to Boko Haram, which says it is fighting to create a strict Islamic state and opposes all Western values.
The militants had already tried to assassinate his predecessor, Al Haji Ado Bayero, who died last month at the age of 83 after a long illness. Many are waiting to see what the new emir’s line on the insurgency will be.
The governing People’s Democratic Party (PDP), however, has been affronted by his appointment and in what seemed like a comedy of errors tried to congratulate another candidate on the appointment before the Kano state governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, announced his choice.
President Goodluck Jonathan, who suspended Mr Sanusi in February as bank governor, has yet to congratulate him.
The former bank chief’s whistle-blowing over $20bn (Â£12bn) allegedly missing from the state oil company still rankles and Mr Sanusi is currently challenging his suspension in court….