The 14th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, has met with the coup leaders in Niger, Daily Trust reports.
The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) met the military leadership after the junta aborted a meeting with representatives of African Union (AU), Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and a top US diplomat.
A delegation raised by 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 West Africa.
The revered Nigerian economist 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 was there to open the door for negotiation with the Niger junta.
The meeting comes a day before the gathering of ECOWAS leaders in Abuja.