Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by all accounts spends a lot of time on the phone. 

This is going by the amount of money he's spent on phone calls since he ascended the throne 3 years ago.

The Walin Kano and spokesperson of the Emirate Council, Mahe Bashir, has revealed that Emir Sanusi has spent N37 million on calls since he ascended the throne back in 2014.

According to Mahe, the monarch paid N37 million to Airtel to enable him make calls, including international rates and roaming charges.

Addressing newsmen following reports that the Emir has spent as much as N6 billion since assuming the role of Emir of Kano, Mahe debunked the claims shedding light on the Emir's expenses.

Said Mahe:

“It is true that the sum of N37,054,196.06 was paid to Airtel due to the fact that the emir has been identified with only one local mobile phone which he uses within and outside the country. Majority of the charges are that of roaming, which is normal. The telephones charges of the palace are paid by the council, particularly when it comes within the provision of the budget.”

He further said that  N142.8 million was used to purchase the Emir's bullet-proof cars on the advise of the state government as a result of the attack on the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, on his way back from Murtala Muhammed Mosque to the palace. The cars now form part of the emirate's council's fleet.

The former Central Bank of Nigeria governor ascended the throne as Emir of Kano in June 2014 and generated a lot of controversy after he wed a then 18-year the following year.