- Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II has cautioned politicians who hide behind the mask of religion to exploit Nigerians
- Sanusi disclosed that the politicians have turned religion into a vehicle for campaign
- He, however, urged them to sign peace pacts before 2019 general elections and discourage youths from violence
Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II on Sunday, August 12, cautioned politicians who hide behind the mask of religion to exploit Nigerians adding that north, in the last two decades, was robbed of focus due to the politicisation of religion and culture.
Guardian reports that Sanusi also noted that politicians turned religion into a vehicle for campaign, thereby exploiting the religious character and ignorance of the people.
Sanusi made this known in Katsina state while delivering a speech marking international youth day and a graduation ceremony at Katsina vocational training centre.
He said it was not surprising that states which placed too much emphasis on religion over development lagged behind in socio-economic milestones.
According to him, “The most backward and underdeveloped states in Nigeria today are also the same states that claimed to be run based on Sharia. The people seemed satisfied with slogans and pilgrimages that have become jamborees.”
The centre, founded by the late M.D. Yusuf, a former inspector general of police, empowers youths, particularly the physically challenged.
The emir called on government to engage youths through increased investment in agriculture. He also urged politicians to sign peace pacts before next year’s general election and discourage youths from violence.
On its part, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) warned the presidency and the Police against acts capable of threatening democracy. It also urged the legislative and executive arms of government to collaborate in the interest of smooth governance.
“We express grave concerns over the poor handling of the police invitation to the Senate President Bukola Saraki, over the infamous Offa robbery saga that led to the death of about 30 people, and the alleged plan by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to arrest the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, over alleged money laundering,” CAN said in a statement by its president, Samson Ayokunle, in Abuja yesterday.
“The Christian umbrella body condemns in strong terms the way the police were deployed in subjecting the leadership of the National Assembly to needless embarrassment and harassment. The ongoing action of the police is a siege against democracy.”
“We are shocked, disappointed and alarmed at the aborted moves by the police to stop both the senate president and his deputy from attending Tuesday’s proceedings for whatever reasons. We call on both the leadership of the National Assembly and the presidency to stop acting in a manner that constitutes international disgrace and embarrassment.
“We appeal to all security agencies to stop being involved in partisan politics. Nigerians must realise that leadership goes around and comes around, but our country will continue to remain. CAN calls on all service chiefs, including the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, not to destroy our democratic institutions through needless partisanship.”
CAN further called on civil society organisations and professional bodies like the Nigeria Bar Association, Nigerian Labour Congress, Nigerian Medical Association and Nigeria Union of Journalists to resist anti-democratic forces.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the second most ranked Muslim leader in Nigeria, Muhammadu Sanusi II said one of his daughters wants to succeed him as the emir of Kano.
Sanusi made the disclosure in an interview with Financial Times at his Kano residence. “My daughter wants to be the next emir of Kano, and she’s disappointed I’ve not yet appointed a woman to the Kano emirate council,” Sanusi was reported to have said.
The monarch, however, did not disclose the identity of the particular daughter who wants to succeed him.
Emir Sanusi blasts Nigerian leadership on NAIJ.com TV: