FACT-CHECK: Has Former Emir Sanusi Been Appointed Khalifa of Tijjaniyya in-Charge of Africa?

VERDICT: False

CLAIM:

On Monday, August 10, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted several Facebook and WhatsApp posts claiming that the past Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has been appointed the Khalifa of Tijjaniyya in the African region. 

The claim by several blogs and individuals followed the former Emir’s visit to the family of the renown cleric and founder of Tijjaniyya movement, Sheikh Ibrahim Inyass, in Senegal.

Hausa Reporters claimed Sanusi inherited his position from his grandfather by assuming the post of Khalifa of Tijjaniyya in Africa and Emir of Kano.

In its report, Hausa Info and Opera News claimed Sanusi was appointed as successor to Sheikh Tijjani Inyass during his visit to Senegal.

FACT: 

On August 6, 2020, Sanusi left for Senegal to condole with the family of Sheikh Inyass over the death of the last son of Sheikh Ibrahim, the founder and leader of Tijjaniyya sect, Sheikh Tijjani Inyass. 

Checks by the CDD show that the former Emir was not appointed successor or Khalifa of Tijjaniyya in Africa as widely reported.

When contacted, Maryam Hamisu, a media aide to the former Emir, told CDD fact-checkers that Sanusi was not appointed as the Khalifa of Tijjaniyya in the African region. 

Maryam said: “We also saw the news of his highness appointment as the successor of Tijjaniyya in Africa on social media, it is the work of admirers. But the truth of the matter is that the claim is untrue”.

Conclusion:

The news that former Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II has been appointed successor of Tijjaniyya in Africa is false. 

The family of Inyass is yet to make an appointment on Sheikh Tijjani Inyass’ (Khalifan Tijjaniyya in Africa) successor.

CDD is urging the public to disregard the news in circulation that emir Sunusi has been appointed in the position.

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