Former Emir of Kano State, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, visited President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Sanusi arrived the Villa at about 8:25pm, according to Daily Trust.
The former Emir just returned from Niger Republic where he met with the military junta that overthrew the democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum couple of weeks ago.
Our source had earlier reported that Sanusi met the coup leaders to resolve the political impasse in Niger.
It’s gathered that Sanusi went in personal capacity but briefed President Tinubu ahead of the trip.
A delegation raised by the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) could not broker peace with the military rulers as they declined a meeting.
But on Wednesday, footages of Sanusi, whose Tijjaniya sect has a large following in Niger, went into circulation.
Sanusi is the Khalifa of the sect in Nigeria.
The former central bank governor met the Junta leaders in company of the Sultan of Damagaran. Damagaran is the third largest city in Niger.
Sources told Daily Trust that Sanusi went there to open the door for negotiation with the junta.
One of the sources said, “His Highness took the trip in his personal capacity but with the knowledge of President Bola Tinubu following his concerns about the impasse and the likely consequences it is already having on Nigeria/Niger relations and the citizens of the two countries.”
The meeting comes a day before the gathering of ECOWAS leaders in Abuja.
Tinubu, who is the Chairman of ECOWAS, had scheduled a meeting for Thursday after the 7-day ultimatum that the regional bloc issued for the reinstatement of Bazoum elapsed.