I thought I would die before Wigwe – Former Emir, Sanusi breaks down in tears as he pays tribute to late bank chief

Fomer Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, broke down in tears on Wednesday March 6, while paying tribute to former Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe.

I thought I would die before Wigwe - Former Emir, Sanusi breaks down in tears as he pays tribute to late bank chief

Addressing the crowd present for the night of tribute held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos state on Wednesday, March 6, Sanusi said he thought he would die before Herbert.

‘’About two years ago, I put all my savings into a Trust for the education of my children, I have many and my priority as a father is to make sure that when I pass away, they will have good education. I told Herbert  I am placing you in charge of this Trust for the education of my children because I know that even if I die and did not leave any money, you will educate my children. I thought I would die before Herbert.” the former monarch broke down in tears as he said this


He went on to recall how the late banker stood by his side all through his travails after being removed as Emir of Kano by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Sanusi said, Herbert assured him of his unflinching support and loyalty. He said to match words with action, Herbert provided a plane for him at the tarmac in Kano to convey him to Lagos after his dethronement.


“When I had problems in Kano, I called him about six months before I was told to leave Kano. I said to him, Herbert I know you are doing all your best to solve all these problems, but I am convinced that this is what is going to happen.

Your Highness, don’t worry. Whatever happens, don’t worry. We are here for you. On the day I heard on the radio that I was dethroned, I called him and said I wanted to come to Lagos.

The announcement was made about 9 am, by noon Herbert had a plane at the tarmac in Kano. The plan then was to take me into exile for many years. I put my family on that plane and sent them to Lagos, with no phone calls. Herbert received them and put them in a hotel.

Later, he got them accommodation. For months, when I came, they stayed there. Your Highness, if you want to travel, just call Shola.” he said

Watch a clip from the tribute below…


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