By Gbenga Gbelee
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)and the Emir of Kano; Sanusi
Muhammed Lamido Sanusi II has condemned comments credited to the Zamfara State
helmsman, Governor Abdulaziz Yari over the outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis in some
parts of the country.
While delivering a keynote address at the second edition of the Kaduna Economic and
Investment Summit on Wednesday, the Emir particularly frowned at the Governor’s way and
manner of approaching the issue describing as one which will not lead to a tangible solution
to the unfortunate incident which has claimed hundreds of lives in the last few weeks.
The monarch stated that he, as an Islamic scholar has not seen it anywhere in the holy book
where meningitis was identified and described as a wrath from God, he therefore advised
Gov Yari and all Nigerian leaders to adopt a reasonable mind-set so as to be able to address
the outbreak of the cerebrospinal meningitis in all the affected areas and in resolving all
challenges confronting the country and its teeming population.
The former CBN boss also expressed grievous concern over how some leaders in the country
use religion to foment trouble as a means to personal gains.
He lamented that such leaders get rich from policies that cause division and chaos, and
warned Nigerians must desist from allowing leaders with such tendencies to preside over
While calling for sanctions for any religious leader caught violating the sanctity of human
lives and existence, Emir Sanusi emphasised his clarion call on the government at all levels to
create a conducive environment which would encourage attracts domestic capitalists to invest
thereby reducing the population of the unemployed and adding more vibrancy to the Nation’s
He stressed that for Nigeria to develop economically, its growth model has to change from
depending on oil prices and borrowing to well focused investments.
The Governor of Zamfara State, Gov Abdulaziz Yari had, after a visit to President
Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on tuesday stated that the outbreak of
the disease was a punishment from God and hinging it on alleged sins committed by the
Gov Yari specifically identified fornication as the major sin rampant among the people and
which made them incur God’s wrath.
The Governor stressed the need for the people to acknowledge their frail relationship with
God and repent so as to be free from all forms of evil.