The Emir of Kano, Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has come out to express dissatisfaction with the proliferation of beggars on the streets of the country, especially in the Northern regions. He took to his social media account, Instagram precisely, to make his opinion known. He also used the opportunity to call on Northerners to engage in productive economic activities to improve their living standards.
He drew comparisons between the residents in the southern regions of the country and those in the northern regions, saying that the residents in the southern parts of the country had taken to skill acquisition and various trades to enable them to contribute positively towards the growth of the economy while their counterparts in the north preferred to beg for a living.
He took a swipe at the supposed conservative Muslims, claiming they are harming the Islamic religion with their refusal to embrace knowledge outside their own religion as knowledge guarantees access to power. Sanusi also enjoined the Northern leaders to embrace public opinion towards the development of the Northern region.
“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 condemned their refusal to expand their knowledge outside their own religion and failure to realize that knowledge is power.”
“I also correctly concluded denying the right to pursue scientific and technological knowledge and restricting people to Islamic knowledge is the best means of ensuring that Muslims in Northern Nigeria will remain economically backward.”
“I’m upset at the legion of beggars on the streets and is trying to bridge the gap between the backward North and the Southern parts of the nation. 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 a 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! Why do they watch sermons beamed by TV live from Mecca and read the Holy Quaran on their laptops yet profess to abhor modern technology? “
“I’d like to point out that there is no harm in copying from the West if it brings succour to the masses of poverty stricken Muslims in Northern Nigeria“
“After all Saudi Arabia, the “home” of Islam is known for its highly-rated airline, modern hospitals, indigenous oil industry and space program all of which make it a world leader.