António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General António on Thursday in New York announced the appointment of His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, as one of his new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates for 2019-2020.
A statement by UN quoted Guterres as saying that the appointment was sequel to the UN member states’ agreement to accomplish the SDGs by 2030.
The Advocates are 17 influential public figures from around the world who are tasked by the secretary-general to promote the goals, raise awareness with new audiences, maintain global commitment and call for greater ambition and scalable action to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
Sanusi is the only Nigerian on the 17-man secretary-general’s list of SDGs Advocates co-chaired by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway.
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (his full name) is the fourteenth Emir of Kano. He ascended to the throne on 8 June, 2014, barely two days after his granduncle Ado Bayero, who previously held the position, passed away.
Sanusi Lamido II was a banker and former Governor of Nigeria’s apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).