By Ismail Auwal

Former Emir of Kano State, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, to attend the swearing-in of Niger’s Republic newly elected president Bazoum Muhammadu.

A source told SAHELIAN TIMES that the former emir will be among the dignitaries invited from across the globe.

According to the source, the Emir will leave the United Kingdom to Nigeria before he leaves to the swearing-in that will hold in the first week of April.

Soldiers were earlier arrested for alleged coup ahead of Bazoum’s scheduled inauguration on Friday — the first elected transition in Niger’s history since independence from France in 1960.

Bazoum is a former interior minister and right-hand man of outgoing president Mahamadou Issoufou, who is voluntarily stepping down after two five-year terms.

His victory in the second round of the election on February 2 was confirmed by the constitutional court this month.

The results were contested by Bazoum’s rival, former president Mahamane Ousmane, who claimed he was the real winner.

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