Trending Story

Northern Nigeria gradually destroying itself, warns Emir Sanusi

113

 

 
….says quota system favouring the region has sunset clause
A foremost traditional ruler in the country has  raised the alarm that North is on the precipice except they address the myriad of challenges confronting them.

He listed the problems facing the region as poverty, millions of out-of-school children, malnutrition, drug abuse, Almajiri, and the  Boko Haram insurgency.
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, who sounded the warning, said no  “true  Northern Nigeria leader” was happy with the situation in the North.
PerSecondNews recalls that the World Bank had last week released a  report that 87 percent of the poor in the country reside in the North.
The Bank also described the North-West as home to almost half of all the poor in the country.
Sanusi, ex-Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said:”If the North does not change, the North will destroy itself.
“The North should stop relying on a quota system and federal character.
“The region should not continue to rely on a quota system and federal character to get jobs for its children at the expense of the other parts of the country busy educating their own children and turning out graduates.
“Just last week, someone asked me, ‘ are you happy?’  And I said,  ‘ I am not’. And the person was surprised. The truth is, nobody who is a leader in Northern Nigeria today can afford to be happy.

“You cannot be happy with about 87 percent of poverty in Nigeria being in the North. You can’t be happy with millions of northern children out of school.

“You can’t be happy with nine states in the North contributing almost 50 percent of the entire malnutrition burden in the country.”
Sanusi spoke at the 60th birthday of  Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna.
Calling for a quick fix, he said the challenges facing the region must be addressed immediately.

He said El-Rufai ‘s investment in education would go a long way in addressing poverty in the state, pointing out “investing in education is the only way the region will save itself from imminent destruction.

He lamented that 87 percent of the country’s poverty rate was in the North, with nine states in the zone constituting almost 50 percent of the malnutrition burden of Nigeria.
 “When we talk about birthday, we talk about happiness.

“You can’t be happy with the drug problem, you can’t be happy with the Boko Haram problem.
“You can’t be happy with political thuggery. You can’t be happy with all the issues; the Almajiri problem that we have.

“So, we wish Nasir a happy birthday, but we do not want him to be happy as a leader. Because you are happy when you think you have reached a state of delivering and taking your people to where you want them to be.

“Now, because of the condition of Northern Nigeria, it is almost correct now to say that, if you are seen as normal if you are a governor in the North or a leader in the North.
“And you are seen as normal in the sense that you continue to do what your predecessors have been doing, doing the same thing, which has been normalised, then, there is something wrong with you, you are part of the problem.

“The real change in the North will come from those who are considered mad people,  because you look around and say if this is the way we have been doing things and this is where we have ended up, maybe we need to do things differently,” Sanusi said.

On how to bring about a change, the emir suggested:  “If we have populated the government with middle-aged men, maybe we need to try younger people, maybe we need to try women.
“If we have spent our money and time on physical structures,  maybe we need to invest more in the education of our children.
“Maybe we need to invest more in nutrition. Maybe we need to invest more in primary health care.”

Urging political leaders, especially, the regional governors to emulate “the sternly quality” of the  Kaduna State governor, Sanusi commended him for injecting 40 percent of the state’s budget into education.

“And the truth is, if you look at what Nasir is doing in Kaduna, with 40 percent of his budget in education, that is the only thing that is going to save the North.
“I know that, when we say these things, they don’t go down well.

“We have been saying this for 20 to 30 years. If the North does not change, the North will destroy itself. The country is moving on.
“The quota system that everybody talks about must have a sunset clause.”

To the youths, he charged: “We have just heard how he (governor)  has developed himself over the years. He is a surveyor, he is a lawyer, he has got  a master’s degree, he has had over 80 certificates from Havard because education is what makes a man.”

On power, Sanusi noted that power only comes from God and that it is transient, calling on leaders to leave behind legacies.

He stressed: “It is important to realise that the positions we hold are transient and they do not define us.

“Anybody can be called a governor; anybody can be called an emir;  a commissioner or a minister, but at the end of the day, you should know that God had given you a chance to do something, do leave a mark and impact people’s lives.”

Leave a comment

Related Articles

EFCC sets up task force to combat dollarization of economy, mutilation of naira

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced the setting up...

How Bafarawa diverted N4.6bln from ex-NSA for prayers, election, acquire luxury vehicles

A startling revelation has been made about how a former governor of...

CBN redeploys 1,500 staff to Lagos

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has redeployed 1,500 staff...

AFCON: Pres. Tinubu says unimpressed with Super Eagles’ performance

President Bola Tinubu has expressed his displeasure over the performance of the...

I’ve not met a man kind enough to marry —Ini Edo

In a candid revelation, renowned actress, Ini Edo, has hinted about the...

Ogun CP visits shot Nollywood actor, Ijaduade, vows to punish trigger-happy cop

Nollywood actor and Director, Azeez Ijaduade, who was shot “accidentally” by a...

Breaking: Actor, Azeez Ijaduade, allegedly shot by policeman in Ogun

In a shocking incident that has sent shock waves to Yoruba section...

Fast and furious actor, Vin Diesel, accused of sexual assault

Vin Diesel, known for his role in the Fast & Furious Series,...

Anyone asking for money this festive season lacks conscience, fear God – Comedian AY

Amid Nigeria’s challenging economic downturn, renowned comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as...

Octogenarian actor, Dejumo Lewis, dies

Nollywood community was on Friday night thrown into grief as the news...

I’m lucky to have you as my wife, Lateef praises Mo Bimpe on 2nd wedding anniversary

Celebrating their second year wedding anniversary, Nollywood actor, Lateef Adedimeji, has expressed...

Frank Edoho faces backlash for controversial remarks on infidelity

Renowned media personality, Frank Edoho, is under fire after making contentious comments...

Youngi Duu: Portable admits to confrontation, claims disrespectful gesture triggered clash

MThe recent incident involving an alleged physical assault on the emerging music...

I’m grateful to God, fans, for successful career in 2023 – Davido

Nigerian music star, Davido, has taken to the social media to chronicle...

Mayorkun’s stolen jewellery: One recovered, reward offered for second piece — PSN exclusive

One of the two stolen jewellery belonging to popular artiste, Mayorkun, has...

Mayorkun’s Calabar performance turns nightmare as singer loses valuable pendant

Nigerian music sensation, Mayorkun,vis livid and frustrated after he reportedly lost a...

Kcee is selfish, wicked and has refused to pay royalties over 7 of my hit songs, Harrysong alleges

Singer Harrysong has voiced his concerns regarding the purported denial by Kcee,...

Fear grips Nigerian music community over spate of kidnapping of crews on highways

Barely 24 hours after the alleged kidnapping of an Abuja-based musician and...

Funke Akindele celebrates as ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ movie emerges biggest opening in West Africa

Leading filmmaker, Funke Akindele, is currently beaming with pride following the success...

How I overcame depression, marital woes, setbacks in Nollywood—- Emeka Ike

Veteran actor, Emeka Ike, has opened up about a prolonged period of...