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Zamfara State has the “highest poverty rate despite starting Sharia Law in 1999” – Emir Sanusi speaks on Politicians Using Religion to Get into Power



Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, in an Instagram post on Monday 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.

Sanusi had earlier lambasted Governor Abdulaziz Yari for saying that the recent cerebrospinal meningitis outbreak in the country is God’s punishment for fornication. 

Sanusi said that the statement is “Islamically incorrect”.

Yari, in an interview also responded to Sanusi saying: “I stand by my words that if people do not change, God will not change for them. Therefore, I will answer the Emir perfectly and give him the Quran content of the Hadith where I belong to and where I have my fact.”

Read the Emir’s post below:

Zamfara’s high poverty rate despite starting Sharia law in 1999 is an example of how religion cannot necessarily work in politics.

Those playing the religious card in politics are not better than everyone else. Just because it is a democracy however, people who play the religious game to get into politics still have to be given a chance. Religion should not be used as a means of acquiring power because it never brings good results. Zamfara state which has the highest level of poverty in Nigeria despite being the first one to start the implementation of Sharia law in the country in 1999.

I think the ability to give these groups a chance, you know people come and say they want to establish Islamic law, and they are elected. Give them four years, after sometime people find out that they have not improved education, they have not put food on the table, they’ve not provided healthcare, they vote them out.

So long as you don’t give them a chance to try and succeed or fail, you have a myth of people being denied an alternative, that would make their lives better. I think the mistake that many people make is that they simply don’t have the patience to wait four years.

We have had it in Nigeria; people came and said they were implementing Sharia. It’s a matter of time for people to realise that this is all deception, this is all politics, this is not religion; it is about politicians appropriating religion as a discourse for getting into power.

Photo Credit: Instagram – @sanusilamidosanusi


  1. funmilola

    April 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    don’t mind that zamfara state Governor, very backward in his reasoning… wonder the state is soooo stagnant.

  2. nwa nna

    April 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Zamfara state governor’s statement on meningitis reflects the Nigerian society at large. Nigeria is probably one of the most religious countries I’m know of, every street corner there’s a church or mosque competing for real estate, yet its people continue to perish for lack of knowledge.
    Sure, I believe there’s a time and place for religion in a society. However, the issue with religion is Nigeria and a lot of poverty stricken society is its citizens become intellectually lazy and let religion negate their critical thinking ability.

    • nnenne

      April 10, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Thank you, my dear.
      It is not Zamora alone. An average Nigerian perceives illnesses like that.
      Even some Christian churches use
      ” miracle”, to drag people to their churches.

      There is poverty all over Nigeria not just in the North.
      You are talking about people, (the north), that feed the whole nation and own most of the oil wells., in the south! !!
      How many vintage cars does Sanusi have?
      Traditional rulers in the south don’t even have such.

      Spare me the pity party, propaganda! !!!.

  3. adelegirl

    April 10, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I love that the Emir of Kano tells it like it is, not minding whose ox is gored. At least, this time, they can’t fire him for speaking the truth like they did when he was CBN Governor These are some of the hard truths the North needs to face and deal with if it will ever drag itself out of the doldrums. Most of our leaders have been from the North, the richest man in Africa is a Northerner, Northerners own a considerable share of lucrative oil blocks in the oil-rich Niger Delta, yet the North remains the most backward, under-developed region in Nigeria, with poverty rates hitting 90%! Really alarming!


    April 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    This is what happens when you unwound your turban lightly Emir Sanusi? Some of your brain cells deprived of oxygen has come alive. Congratulations Emir. You have now started to think like the majority of Nigerians. The Zamfara state governor’s case is a special case. The people of Zamfara State deserved the kind of governor they voted for. On a very serious note, I thank you for coming out strongly against an ignoramus such as Governor Yari of Zamfara State.

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