Emir Sanusi blasts conservative northern leaders, Zamfara governor; calls for family planning, others

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido [Photo Credit: Channels TV]
Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido [Photo Credit: Channels TV]

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, on Wednesday blasted 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 Sate 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 are fighting culture and we are fighting civilisation,” he said. “For us to address social policy, we have to reclaim our religion.”

Mr. Sanusi criticised the ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam in some parts of Northern Nigeria that has discouraged girl-child education, family planning and other progressive policies.

On Kannywood, he said he was sad that the Hausa movie industry was gradually moving from Kano to Kaduna due to the latter’s policies of encouragement, saying “building Kannywood would have led to building the economy of Kano.”

“I’m sad that Kano has lost it, but I’m happy that Kaduna is getting it,” he said.

The emir also criticised Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara for his statement on Tuesday that the meningitis outbreak in his state and others was God’s punishment for peoples’ sins.

PREMIUM TIMES reported the governor’s statement in Abuja while addressing reporters on the meningitis which has caused the death of over 214 people in Zamfara and at least 336 people across Nigeria.

“Don’t give these kind of explanations,” Mr. Sanusi said of Mr. Yari’s comment. “That is not an Islamically correct statement to make.”

“(If) you don’t have vaccines, you don’t have vaccines; Go and get vaccines,” the emir said.

Zamfara and other states have been battling with insufficient vaccines to prevent the spread of the disease.

On Tuesday, the Secretary to the Zamfara State Government, Abdullahi Shinkafi, said the state government, which required three million dosages of meningitis vaccines, only got 300,000 from the federal government.


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  • Infoezone Infoezone

    The north should be on their own. They are pulling the other parts backwards. Money that should he used to develop other parts are rather use to satisfy the satanic ambitions of their leaders.

    • International games

      What do you mean? I am not a Northerner, but I disagree completely with you. Nigeria should even take in more land from Niger, Benin Republic and Cameroon so our people who have their relatives there should become one again. Instead of you talking about how we should be bigger, you are saying we should be smaller. It is the size of the Federal Government that is the problem. If we allow those States to handle their business, we will not have these kind of problems. Look at a whole state waiting for Federal Government to give them vaccines. Is that not the madness of the black man? This has nothing to do with North or South. Emir Sanusi is 100% correct.

  • share Idea

    Under GEJ, this political emir claimed that because corruption under GEJ, the north couldn’t develop, today the real cause of Northern retrogression is being revealed without apology from Sansusi.

    GEJ is no longer there to be blamed. Nigeria we hail thee

    • AryLoyds

      Just ignore sanusi, GEj is to blame as usual .

  • ilubarde

    I am happy that the Emir is gradually addressing issues affecting his immediate constituency rather than pan Nigerian problems as a whole.

    These are issues within the jurisdictional competence of State and Local governments and they are issues which the eminently qualified Emir can justifiably exert the most impact. These issues include marriages, inheritance, education, social welfare, etc

    We wish the Emir can stop his now-too-common ostentatious display of conspicuous consumption, whether they are limousines, palatial mansions, lavish anniversary celebrations, etc. The Emir ought to be a role-model of frugality, humility, selflessness and service to his constituency rather than a publication of personal aggrandisement.

    History would be fairer to him if he identifies with the challenges and legitimate aspirations of his constituency.

    • Otile

      Imam Sanusi has not lifted a finger to help neighboring Zamfara rather he is inciting them to go against the teachings of the Holy Qur-ran. How can he ban the poor from marrying the ladies they love? To ban such marriages is to promote promiscuity and Allah abhors morality. In caliphates where pure Islam is practiced the state provides for the poor. Go to Afghanistan and the Emirates where the states help the poor there is low immorality, you don’t hear so much of ugly rapes and clumsy abortions. Imam Sanusi himself is enjoying his four wives but he is preaching celibacy to fellow Muslims. His radical doctrines are un-Islamic at best. .

      • Teflonjones

        Your foolishness is extreme.

        • Otile

          Prove it with sound reasoning.

          • Teflonjones

            I’m sorry for cursing at u earlier. I apologize.

          • Otile

            Thank you my brother, we are not enemies, we are only exchanging ideas. Even siblings do have different of opinions but that should not lead to bitterness or violence.

      • jom

        Are you ok?. DSS need to put eyes on you before you arrive Syria or Iraq. You are so concerned with man made religion.

        • Otile

          Don’t advocate for religious persecution. Once it is introduced there will be no end to oppression.

      • Ashibogu

        Otile, dem no understand you. Otile, the great!

      • AryLoyds

        God bless you otile for having to say the truth about the hipocracy of the emir

        • Otile

          God bless you my brother. Most of our leaders are hypocrites

    • AryLoyds

      How ironic , Gov Yari is from zamfara where there is religious sharia and yet God decided to punish them with meningitis. I guess God does not like sharia

  • Room 23

    ACT 1, SCENE 1
    So, in the evening of Wednesday February 27, Mrs. Yaro flew to Lagos ahead of Mr. Sanusi, skipping work, at taxpayers’ expense, on Thursday February 28 and Friday, March 1… To keep faith with Mrs. Yaro’s date, the CBN governor arrived Lagos, travelling on a chartered flight, on the night of February 28, and checked into the Federal Palace Hotel, passage and boarding all at taxpayers’ expense.

    ACT 1, SCENE 2
    Mrs. Yaro arrived Lagos on the night of March 15, and immediately checked into the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel on Victoria Island. Mr. Sanusi flew from Kano to Lagos via chartered jet on the bills of the Nigerian taxpayers. He arrived at about 11 p.m., stopped by his Ikoyi home, before dashing to the hotel where Mrs. Yaro was waiting in a seductive dress in Room 23. The lovers spent that night and the next day together in the hotel…Both Mr. Sanusi and Mrs. Yaro rendezvoused in the hotel till Sunday when both of them returned to Abuja, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

    “…I had such a wonderful weekend,” Mrs. Yaro confessed to the governor while aboard her Abuja-bound flight. “You have revived in me what I thought I lost long ago. I thought I lost the passion to love again,” she claimed.
    “Alhamdulillahi. Love you,” Mr. Sanusi responded in a measured tone —– Premium Times, June 2, 2013

    ….and he became an Emir=King= of his people has now become a beacon of rectitude. Hasn’t he?…possible only in warped Nigeria. Yeye Fowl! Nonsense.

    • Hypocrite

      I wonder o! When did Snausi Lamido Sanusi become a moral standard?

    • Teflonjones

      Your stupidity is epic.

  • Otile

    This is outrageous. Is Imam Sanusi now the governor of Zamfara? See how he is berating the elected governor for stating the obvious. Governor Abdulaziz Yari rightly pointed out that Allah punishes evil doers with calamities, and this is in line with the teaching of Holy Qur-an and Hadith. If Sanusi has vaccines why can’t he give some to the people of Zamfara? When Sanusi was eyeing the lucrative post of Emir of Kano he bribed Kano peoples with 200 millions he stole from the Central Bank, his excuse then was that Kano people suffered Boko Haram attacks. Zamfara people suffered Boko Haram attacks too but Sanusi did not give a kobo to them, now he is sounding as if he is their protector.

    • marc umeh

      What is shameful is your retrogressive opinion on the enlightened stand taken by the Emir. If not for the vaccines produced in the Christian countries in the west and given almost free , the entire north would have perished long , long ago. Then you would have had all the time to practice your Qur-an and Hadith.
      But we humans are very short-sighted and ungrateful. The blind refuses to see.

      • Otile

        You are still bent on acquiring the vain things of this world. I must tell you, the vain things of this world are temporary. Read the Holy Qur-an and Hadith and get enlightened. These books along with the Bible are the way to find salvation.

        • mayGodpunishopressors

          God did not create this world for us to suffer. God asked Adam to be in charge and make it good. Nothing was vain, until man started his own religion and enforcing his beliefs. Everything that God made was good. people like you that believe in man made religion is the problem of the world today.

          • Otile

            Not at all. God made good things to help man but greed man misused the good things. It is vain when a looter acquires billions of $Dollars and hide them in Panama to waste while millions of Nigerians perish in hunger and poverty. It is vain for a president to acquire 11 expensive aircrafts while the public roads become impassible and death traps. Don’t preach to me that there are no vanities in this world, those vanities have led greed men to kill, rob, and oppress others.

      • blueeyedkitten

        which christian countries?

    • mayGodpunishopressors

      So fornication is only in zamfara or northern Nigeria. The governor is trying to shy away from his responsibility and decided to blame God for his incompetence. When I heard what the useless governor was saying yesterday, I just went to sleep. Nothing can save northern Nigeria from destruction because of people like yari as a leader. Unfortunately he had the opportunity to see old man buhari to poison his mind. In a sane clime, that gov should resign.

      • Otile

        Resign for saying that sin is bad? For goodness sake, if you cannot help people with material things at least help them morally. Governor Yari has not done worse than Yerima and others.

    • iwe paul

      Something is either wrong with you ,or something is wrong with me. Your assesment of Sanusi”s statement is so baffling that i am lost for words. What that governor of Zamfara state is alleged to have said is so pathetic. This is a state that its commitee for prevention and control of the epidemic has no medical personnel on it,as stated by the statement of the local branch of the NMA, and he now wakes up to blame us,we are now cannon fodder for all the follies of leadership. And you are here trivializing this serious issue. Please be serious with your comments! PEOPLE ARE BEING LOST TO MENINGITIS

  • Grammatica


    Why the Hausa/Fulani North remains backward

    “We are fighting culture and we are fighting civilization.
    For us to address social policy, we have to reclaim our religion.

    ……….Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

    Please can somebody with just C6 pass in English language explain the hilarious quote above?
    Nobody with passing understand of English language can make any sense of the said quotation.
    It can hardly pass as a quotation in English language – since it has no lexical meaning in structure.
    It is worse than a sheep’s bleat; and almost as meaningless; since silence can convey better sense.

    • The facts

      What he is saying is that the liberals of the religion should claim it from the hardliners like the Zamfara governor.

  • Lanre

    I am happy at what Governor Yari of Zamfara said. He is a Nigerian Leader and so cannot be wrong. Even the Sultan of Sokoto has made similar statements about women rights.. That is Nigeria for you. Yorubaland will be free.

  • Jimi

    I hope Emir Sanusi can bring about the much needed reforms in Islam as has happened to many other religions around the world. What many critics of Islam fail to understand is that the ability to marry 4 wives under Islam is actually a reform from the days when Muslims married countless wives and could not take care of them. Let the reforms continue. I do not believe in any religion but I am a public policy freak! I may not always support you but we can agree on this one. Good luck.

    • AryLoyds

      So from uncountable wives to 4 wives is an achievement in Islam.Now that’s what I call innovation

    • blueeyedkitten

      stop talking garbage! what do you know about islam apart from the jaundiced narratives you hear from the media?
      shut the f k up!

  • Maverick

    The emir is the one that is fake in his practise of lsIam. The conservative and violent ones are the true moslems.

    • blueeyedkitten

      moronic statement!

  • blueeyedkitten

    this emir just love the lime-light.

    this id!otic governor made a very stup!d and irresponsible comment, and he was rightly called out by every sensible human being.
    so what is the emir saying here, as if the entire northern nigeria are some bunch of backwards. just because of one fool!sh governor? what is all this blind painting with one brush?

    i do know that every community has got fool!sh people like this governor, coming out once in a while to exhibit themselves.
    so whats the fuss here? now he has given some hate mongering quips an opportunity to insult and malign the region and our faith.

  • Pampas

    This Emir is knowledeabe, bold and courageous. Many in the north know this truth but are too afraid to say

  • Frank Bassey

    What Emir Sanusi is preaching will take another 50 years to achieve. The North does not believe in hard work; it is religion, child marriage, violence and oil money.

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