(Last Updated On: April 12, 2017)


By Gbenga Gbelee

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Emir of Kano; Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; Muhammadu Sanusi II seems not to be backing down in his verbal assault against the Zamfara state Governor, Abdulaziz Yari.

The Emir, in a seeming response to Gov. Yari’s insistence that the outbreak of Cerebrospinal meningitis in some northern states, was as a result of sins of the people against God, took to his Instagram page on Tuesday accusing Gov. Yari and others in his school of thought of helping the northern region and the nation as a whole to remain underdeveloped by what he called their ineptness.

The former Apex bank boss lamented that many Nigerian political leaders that are of Gov Yari’s like minds only pretend to be godly because their sycophants praise them as ‘God-sent’.

Emir Sanusi further asserted that except northern political leaders like Governor Yari, pay attention to him, no part of the north will be like the modern Muslim cities of Kuala Lumpar, Istanbul, Jakarta and others.

The monarch and other people who differ with the governor’s position had criticised him when he first made the comment.

Gov Yari however refused to give up on his claim insisting that the disease was God’s punishment for sin and wondered how the Emir being a degree holder in Islamic law, would chose to argue his submission.

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi 11 in his Instagram message said, “Muslim countries are holding their own in the modern world, proving that Islam is not a religion of underdevelopment. However, the likes of Zamfara State Governor Yari only strengthen this prejudice.

“Abdulaziz Yari quite ludicrously said the deadly meningitis ravaging his state is divine punishment for fornication. He didn’t say how this was revealed to him because Zamfara certainly doesn’t have the highest number of fornicators in the nation.

“His preposterous statement fails to take into account the fact that meningitis isn’t a sexually transmitted ailment.

“The truth about the matter is that despite being warned of an impending outbreak, his government took no steps to prepare. Now he blames God! We are stuck with political leaders who only pretend to be godly because sycophants always refer to people in high political office as a ‘God-sent’.

“Paradoxically, despite being ruled by all these ‘God-sents’, we have spectacularly failed to progress as a nation. It’s no secret that many of our political leaders are inept and not well-educated. Nigerians have learnt from experience not to expect much from them.”

The Emir further said, “I choose to fight for the progress of Nigerians and suggest solutions to their problems. It’s my duty to speak the truth about the ill-effects of conservative Muslims who are harming Islam rather than helping it.

“I still believe that conservative Muslims are still stuck in the 13th Century and their claim that children need no other knowledge than Islamic studies flies in the face of reality. All the poverty, under-development and immense suffering in the North are a result of uneducated masses refusing to learn, work or trade.

“The majority of technicians in Kano are from the south while untrained indigenes beg. How does that make sense? Why is it that conservative Muslims, who claim to be against scientific progress, enter aeroplanes and fly to perform the Hajj in Mecca rather than using camels to cross the desert!

“Unless northern political leaders like Governor Yari pay attention to me, there will never be a day when anywhere in the North will be like the modern Muslim cities of Kuala Lumpar, Istanbul, Jakarta, Lahore, Greater Cairo, Dacca, Karachi, Dubai, Riyadh or Faisalabad”, the Emir lamented.