Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Kukah has revealed that the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II is ‘fighting for his life’ because of his blunt comments.
Speaking on a panel at the ongoing 25th edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit(NESG), Kukah said the following;
“The emir is here, he is still fighting for his life because of the position that he has taken and all of you sitting here know that it has literally become a matter to a particular course because the things he is saying are not popular,”.
He further criticized governors who spent money on pilgrimages and developing religious centres rather than investing in Education. In his words;
“The money that comes from the centre to our states, who is it meant for? When you say education is on the concurrent list, I worry that many of our states are providing opportunities for incubators of hatred to grow.
“If you take northern Nigeria where there is no single Christian or woman in the state assembly; women are lucky if they become commissioners for women affairs.”
“When the federal government says that it doesn’t have a voice in what happens in distant states where governors have taken a license to behave irresponsibly in terms of issues of education.”
“I have five secondary schools and I have to rely on the little collection that I receive in my church to send children to school and in many of the schools, 60% of the children are Muslims. Can we have a conversation with the state governments, the answer is almost no.”
“The point I am making is that I think Northern Nigeria is a big culprit in a lot of the things that are wrong with Nigeria and I say this with all sense of responsibility.”
It will be recalled that Emir Sanusi and the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje were locked in a Feud over the Emir’s criticisms of the governor’s contracts to Chinese Companies and foreign Trips.
Ganduje reduced the Emir’s power by splitting his Emirate into Four.