Develop agric, health sector instead of building mosques
EMIR of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi ll has enjoined northern leaders to introduce social policies that would checkmate procreation and or marrying too many wives and bearing of many children without enough resources to train them, resulting to demographic explosion. Sanusi, former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, governor, also advised northern leaders to invest in healthcare, agriculture and road construction, instead of building mosques. The emir, who gave the advice during the 60th Anniversary o Capital School and Founder’s Day Lecture and magazine launch in Kaduna Stateat the weekend, also declared that the Northwas backward in education because the British Colonialists did not want northern Muslims to be educated for obvious reasons. According to him, the fear of the British was to avoid a replica of what happened in India and Egypt where those trained, turnedaround and lead anti- colonialmovement. He,however, noted that the backwardness neither had anything to do with the popular notion that northern Muslim did not want to embrace western education nor due to hatred for Islamic religion by the British. While emphasising on the need to do more in the area of education in the north, especially the girl child education, the emir stated that, “The British were not trying to bring down the Northern muslins because of their hatred for Islam.They were trying to let them down because they had a very bitter experience with the Muslims in India and Egypt who led the anti-Colonial movement”, adding that it was purely political and not religious interest.
He said that “a people with history, civilisation and tradition are the most potent force when given education”, urging the north to invest heavily in the education of their Children. Quoting the Quran, he said, in northern Nigeria, “The jihad of Usman Dan Fodio set up a society that was far ahead of all neigbouring society. He, therefore, strongly dismissed and rejected the popular believe that northern Nigeria Muslim refused to accept western education, otherwise known as ‘Boko Haram’.