The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, on Wednesday blasted Zamfara state governor on his claim that God sent meningitis to punish Nigerians for their sins and other conservative northern leaders who discourage attitudes and activities that, he said, would have developed the region.
The emir spoke while delivering the keynote speech at KADINVEST 2.0, an event organised by the Kaduna State Government to encourage investments.
Giving examples of the destruction of romance and love books by a former Kano governor and the response of the Zamfara State Governor to the current meningitis outbreak in the state, the emir said what exists in Northern Nigeria is “a complete failure of social policy.”
We have this myth in Northern Nigeria. Where we try to create an Islamic society that never existed. We are fighting culture, we are fighting civilization. Islam is not univocal. There are many view points. We have allowed the most conversation of them to prevail. What is the purpose of a large population, that is uneducated and jobless? We (Northern Nigeria) have a complete failure of social policy. To address this, we must reclaim our religion. Some 200 people died from meningitis. A Governor actually said it was cause by fornication? If @nelrufai (Nasir Elrufai) sits with investors in London or Abu Dhabi and tells them what he is doing, they will come invest here. There is a battle of ideologies going on. A real battle without bombs of bullets being thrown (my words). We should stop allowing human beings appropriate our religions for selfish reasons. I commended @nelrufai for his investment in education and for engaging investors. Growth will not come from rising oil prices or from borrowing & spending govt. money, it’ll come from investments. I am a King’s College boy. King’s College (Lagos) produces all the progressive intellectuals. It does not hurt anyone to build on the work of his predecessor. Meningitis as punishment for fornication has absolutely no basis in Islam. It is science not religion. Treat meningitis, don’t say God is punishing victims. It is science not religion. The statement by Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari on God punishing Nigeria with Meningitis is Islamically incorrect. I advise Northern Governors to focus on Education and Girl child education. I have said enough. I tried not to offend anyone. I apologized before. I apologize again. WE NEED INVESTMENTS!. Thank you all.