…Praises El-Rufai’s Commitment to Development
By Femi Adi
The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi ll, said northern leaders must wake up and find solutions to high rate of poverty , illiteracy, almajirinci and problems of insecurity facing the region at the moment.
According to the Emir, a situation where the poverty index is 87 per cent is unacceptable .
The Kano Emir, who stated this while speaking during the 60 birthday of Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-rufai today openly expressed dissatisfaction over the problems ,which according to him are militating against progress and development of the northern region.
He however, urged northern leaders to stop pretending that all is well and find lasting solutions to problems of drugs , poverty ,illiteracy and insecurity before they consume the region .
While urging northern leaders to emulate the commitment of Governor Elrufai to development ,especially in the areas of education; health and infrastructure, he reiterated; ” If the North does not change and tackling some of its social problems, it will destroy itself.”
He spoke further : ” When we talk about birthday, we talk about happiness. Just last week, someone asked me, are you happy? And I said I am not. And the person was surprised.
“Nobody who is a leader in the 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.
“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.
“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. Quota system that everybody talks about must have a sunset clause.
“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.”
The Emir added that with the condition of Northern Nigeria, it’s almost correct to say that if a governor in the North or a leader in the North are seen as normal in the sense that they continue to do what their predecessors have been doing then, then there is something wrong with them because they are part of the problem.
Emir Sanusi noted that the real change in the north will come from those who are considered mad people because when you look around and say if this is the way people have been doing things, and this is where they have ended up, maybe there is the need to do things differently.