MENINGITIS:Kano Emir faults Gov Yari’s claim

(Last Updated On: April 5, 2017)


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.