Sanusi under attack for condemning the north elites
Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi’s recent criticism of northern leaders has created a sharp division among the northern elites with a number of them condemning him for voicing out so openly their weakness.
Sanusi had in a lecture he delivered in an economic summit in Kaduna, in April 5, 2017, the Emir in his paper on the theme, ‘Promoting investments in the midst of economic challenges,’ said a socio-economic and political wild fire is now burning.
While some applaud the Emir’s courage, calling him a rare, frank leader, others allege mischief, declaring him guilty of the same crime he accused northern leaders. The verbal crossfire has been hot and intense.
Sanusi had told whoever cared to listen that despite the claim of huge population of the northern part of Nigeria, the region is still facing the worst economic growth, as compared with other regions.
Adopting a rather scholarly approach and quoting from UNDP human development report, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) criticised northern leaders for discouraging attitudes and activities that, according to him, would have helped to develop the region.
Alleging that the leaders failed to sufficiently impact on the common people in the region, he pointed out that, as a result, the North-West and the North-East remained the poorest parts of the world.
“We are living in denial. The North-West and the North-East, demographically, constitute the bulk of Nigeria’s population, but look at human development indices, look at the number of children out of school, look at adult literacy, look at maternal mortality, look at infant mortality, look at girl-child completion rate, look at income per capita, the North-East and the North-West Nigeria are among the poorest parts of the world,” he said, adding, “As far back as 2000, I looked at the numbers, Borno and Yobe states, UNDP figures: Borno and Yobe states, if they were a country on their own, were poorer than Niger, Cameroon and Chad.”Lagos the root of a heated controversy over the region’s economic challenges.
But some northern leaders have come hard on the Emir for daring to expose their inefficiency.
Alhaji Muhammad Zunkwa, a northern leader said Sanusi is bitting more than he can chew.
“He cannot be running his fellow elders down all in the name of being a radical. He should call himself to order, or else, we will be forced to start treating him as against us, ” he said.
But another leader, Malam Zaki Tofa, said he and other educated leaders from the north support the exposure of negative role played by some conservative elites in the country, generally.