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“Conservative Muslims are still stuck in the 13th Century” – Emir Sanusi blasts Governor Yari Again



Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II

Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor and incumbent Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II is going in hard on Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state over his recent comments on the outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria.

Yari had said that the outbreak of the disease is a punishment from God for the level of fornication going on in the country.

Sanusi faulted Yari’s statement saying it is Islamically incorrect,” but Yari, in another interview, replied the monarch by saying he still stands by his words.

Sanusi followed up with a post on his Instagram page saying that the North must “fix its social and religious problems” if it wants to move forward.

The monarch, in an Instagram post on Monday also said that the use of religion in politics is nothing short of deception.

Using, Zamfara state as an example, the Emir said that despite starting Sharia Law in 1999, the state is the one with the highest poverty rate in Nigeria.

The Emir has now said that Governor Yari is strengthening the prejudice that Islam is a religion of underdevelopment, something he says many Muslim countries are working hard to disprove.

Muslim countries are holding their own in the modern world proving that Islam is not a religion of underdevelopment. However, the likes of Zamfara State Governor Yari only strengthen this prejudice. Abdulaziz Yari quite ludicrously said that the deadly meningitis rampaging his State is divine punishment for fornication. He didn’t say how this was revealed to him because Zamfara certainly doesn’t have the highest number of fornicators in the nation. His preposterous statement failed to take into account the fact that Meningitis isn’t a sexually transmitted ailment.

The truth about the matter is that despite being warned of an impending outbreak his government took no steps to prepare. Now he blames God! We are stuck with political leaders who only pretend to be Godly because sycophants always refer to people in high political office as a “Godsend”.

Paradoxically despite being ruled by all these “Godsends” we have spectacularly failed to progress as a nation. It’s no secret that many of our political leaders are inept and not well educated. Nigerians have learnt from experience not to expect much from them.

As a result, I lamented about sorrow, tears and blood is now the order of the day. There is an absence of apparent regret, remorse, or concern from the highest quarters of government who are busy fighting themselves. Their time would be better spent trying to assuage the growing nationwide anger, frustration, divisiveness and resentment over atrocious living conditions and an uncertain future. Something urgent needs to be done and the lack of vision or inspiration from politicians has left a vacuum in leadership.

Sanusi added that he chose to fight for the progress of Nigerians and suggest solutions to their problems

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 realise 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 be 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 Quran 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. In our backward nation, we insist on denying the truth. Unless Northern political leaders like Governor Yari pay attention to me, there will never be a day when anywhere in the North will be like the modern Muslim cities of Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul, Jakarta, Lahore, Greater Cairo, Dacca, Karachi, Dubai, Riyadh or Faisalabad.

Photo Credit: Instagram – @sanusilamidosanusi


  1. keeyah

    April 12, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Preach Emir, Preach!

    • Jacob Jordan

      April 14, 2017 at 3:59 am

      Finally, a leader with common sense. I have been saying it forever that as long as Nigerian Muslims are stuck in 7th century ideology, there’ll never be progress in the north. I applaud the emir for his knowledge and sincerity for outing these so-called leaders that use religion as cover to suppress and enslave the masses. I am very impressed that he can see beyond the guise of religion being used for political gain. The truth of the matter is that Islamic knowledge alone is not enough for technological development in the 21st century. While I am sure religion plays a vital role in people’s lives, I am at the same time of the belief that it should be a separation of religion and State. The two do not go together as is evident
      In the lack of development in Northern Nigeria.

  2. Nakoms

    April 12, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I just arrived in the country from the the middle east and flew straight to the north.
    Take it or leave it northern nigeria exists in a time warp! …… in premedivial times……..
    This man speaks the truth!!!!!!!

    • Agu

      April 12, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      I agree he is giving voice to secular people and mudurate Muslims in the north. All those Hardline conservative Muslim need to see the world the way it’s today.

  3. Nakoms

    April 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    ………..Street urchins in the name of almajarees or whatever you call them.
    Read Yusuf Bala Usman essays on Northern nigeria written in the late 70s and see how topical and timeless his desertations are………

    • Lois

      April 13, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you. I’ll be looking the article up asap.

  4. Nakoms

    April 12, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    ………..I am a south south Nigerian who believes in the Nigerian “experiment”………..

    • blackbeatle

      April 12, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      can this man be our next president?

  5. Titi

    April 12, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Lol.. D part abt travelling to hajj wit planes instead of camels since dey r against modern technology got me..
    Everything he said is sooo true.. Dey “Muslims” are the most backward people in Nigeria even in Africa..
    Dats how one fool went on twitter abi facebook & said the southerners are a disgrace to Nigeria, talk abt stupidly of d highest order…. Dey will b begging Dem to accept development, development dat is for their own good!!..

  6. Chinny

    April 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    The Emir is so on point! Other northern influential muslims should borrow a leaf from him. Imagine a Nigerian governor in 2017 spewing such garbage!

  7. NG

    April 12, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Good to know that one’s prejudiced view that muslims don’t have the capacity to ‘grow’ up on issues of religion is false. I am happy to be wrong.

    What I know is that people get smarter with age on issues of religion and get to know that it is not wholesale, what it is made out to be. God is, true, but does not present in any exact stereotype wholesale. There are ‘mysteries’ about God that should forbid any man claiming absolute right on matters of religion.

    Muslims had seem incapable of getting this, but rather hanging on to rigid views even in the face of changes. Happy to hear a progressive voice. These kind of voices are what Nigeria needs because conservative islam has not been the undoing of northerners alone, the of whole nation.

  8. Ashley B

    April 12, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Wish this site or is it my keyboard that is guilty of lacking the much aptly needed emojis of Tuale!! what the Emir said is actually what is Godsent not d claptrap coming out of that governor’s mouth in 2017. One would have thought, he would have read sanusis words of Virtue and Wisdom and at least understood it 50% becuz asking him to understand it 100% might be too rich for him. which should have spurred him to resignation. instead, he will incite a war of wars against the Emir and keep digging despite the fact hes in a hole already.

    The practice of Islam or any variant of it needs to be phased out not just in Northern Nigeria, but also in every developing african country, if Africa ever really wants to move closer in achieving her full potential!

  9. Ibrahim

    April 12, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    The emir should respect himself​.
    As a leader of Kano should have better understanding of the reason of the drawback of our nation not belaming other state administration.
    Instead of blaming the governor ward he should send aid to those who are affected.
    Criticism of the governor way of addressing his people is not making any betterment​ to the situations​.
    The king is out of line using senseless example to accused others.
    I don’t know what he did in his life to help the country.

    It is a time for him to start to change his arrogant attitude towards others and start acting matured by supporting the nation in terms of aid and motivation. And stop recruiting hatred among the community and stop acting childish on the NET this is reflecting the community he lead.

    • Xyno

      April 12, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      @Ibrahim this your grammar fit make mad man mental

    • Lois

      April 13, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      lmao…in fact, i am still battling with deciphering all he wrote.

    • Ibrahim

      April 13, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      I love urs

    • coke

      April 13, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Send aid? must the people always depend on handouts? i am happy you can write in English Ibrahim.

    • Lois

      April 13, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      That exactly is the point. You prefer ‘handouts’ to being thoroughly empowered through learning a skill or getting properly educated. If i were you too, i would be embarrassed at the northern Nigeria situation but rather than vent at the person who is bold enough to accept the problem and tackle it headlong, i will join the wagon of progress. Kuwait, Quatar and even Oman is Islamic, they are not backward countries like Northern Nigeria. I have very sound northern women and men as colleagues. Get upset enough to rid your society of the evil of Almajirinshi (child abuse), no technical skills or formal education.

  10. Bibi

    April 12, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Pls emir be careful o. your fellow Muslim bro. won’t waste time in carrying out a “holy killing” for speaking the truth. wehdone sir for your truthful words…

  11. Manny

    April 12, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    {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! }

    Applause ???

    • Ibrahim

      April 13, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      Who are scientist?

  12. Simplymeana

    April 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    @ashley of all d solutions proffered it’s to phase out Islam dats paramount to u? I shake my head in disdain u are not different from the gullible zamfara governor

  13. Ibrahim

    April 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Shut up go and fix your problem, stop blaming and criticizing others.
    Back off with your criticism

    • sharon

      April 13, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      Ibrahim please go and rest!! Your king has spoken…

  14. Mary

    April 15, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Menn!!! this statment from the Emir is strong, and nothing but the honest truth. “We are stuck with political leaders who only pretend to be Godly because sycophants always refer to people in high political office as a “Godsend”.

  15. Idomagirl

    April 16, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I hope he isn’t assassinated.

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