Emir Sanusi prevented from visiting Cyprus


The Emir of Kano and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammadu Sanusi II has been barred by Nigerian Ambassador to Turkey, Amb. Ilyasu Audu Paragalda from entering Turkish Repulblic of Northern Cyprus.

This was following the Emir’s planned visit to give a lecture at the Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus on the 15th of March.

The Nigerian Ambassador to Turkey giving reasons for his actions stated that Emir Sanusi’s request to the country was turned down based on diplomatic reasons.

According to him, Northern Cyprus is not safe for Royal Highness.

“The Emir should not come to Northern Cyprus for diplomatic reasons. Also because Northern Cyprus is a non-recognized country therefore not a safe place.”

This stirred up reactions from Nigerian students in Northern Cyprus, querying why a Nigerian Leader would be stopped from visiting Nigerians for academic purposes whereas the Ambassador had kids studying in North Cyprus under a scholarship scheme granted by the university.

A student of Eastern Mediterranean University who pleaded anonymity called on Nigerian government to come to their aid.

He said “An annual academic event tagged ’Career week’, which is to be held at Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus from the 12th to the 15th of March to have in attendance the Emir of Kano, HRH Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been cancelled.

“The Emir had accepted our invitation to grace the career week event, which is strictly for academic purpose, as well as to address international students which includes Nigerians.

“Several weeks and months of vigorous planning had been made towards this great event, and numerous resources were spent, but unexpectedly, the Ambassador of Nigeria to Turkey, Ilyasu Audu Paragalda insisted that the Emir should not come to Northern Cyprus because Northern Cyprus is a non-recognized country; with claims that Northern Cyprus is not a safe place.

“And just some weeks back, the Ambassador of Turkey accompanied Minister Of Justice to the same place they denied the Emir an entrance, not only this there are some of the top government officials that visited N.Cyprus. Among them was the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, and recently last week some senate and house of reps members were here on the island.

“Why is the Ambassador preventing the Emir from visiting when the ambassador himself has kids studying in North Cyprus under a scholarship scheme granted by the university? Also, why is the Nigerian Embassy in Ankara collecting very huge amount of money from each and every graduating student from North Cyprus universities just to get a signature on their certificates? Why are they collecting lots of scholarship slots from all the universities here, and sharing those slots within themselves and their staff each and every semester? Why are they charging outrageous amounts for International passport renewal when they come to renew passports of Nigerian Students here in Northern Cyprus?

“We need the Ambassador to answer all these questions on why he is trying to create a barrier between Nigerians and their leaders. Does that mean he is trying to repudiate the people whom he has been assigned to represent?”


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