Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is the 14th Emir of Kano, who was crowned on 8 June 2014 after the death of his granduncle Ado Bayero. Emir Sanusi was a banker and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He was appointed on 3 June 2009 for a five-year term, but was suspended from office by the then President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan on 20 February 2014 after an accusation of a $20 billion fraud in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Sanusi is the grandson of Muhammadu Sanusi I, the 11th Fulani Emir of Kano. A banker and Fulani nobleman, he is also a respected Islamic scholar. Sanusi received two awards from The Banker magazine: Central Bank Governor of the Year (worldwide) and Central Bank Governor of the Year for Africa. Sanusi was born into the Fulani Torobe (Sullubawa) clan of Kano on 31 July 1961. As the grandson of Muhammadu Sunusi, he was automatically a member of the Sullubawa clan of the Torobe Fulani. His father, Ambassador Aminu Sanusi, was a career diplomat who was the Nigerian Ambassador to Belgium, China and Canada and the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.