Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Stella Iyaji

Emir of Kano Al­haji Muham­madu Sanusi II ar­dently preached that Nige­ria’s North-east and North­west zones are among the poor­est parts of the world but when his friends asked him what they can do to help, he asked them to buy for him a Rolls Royce limou­sine each, Gover­nor of Zam­fara State Ab­du­laziz Yari Abubakar said last night. He was re­act­ing to a string of crit­i­cisms of him by Sanusi, who be­rated the gover­nor for say­ing that the re­cent out­break of CSM in the coun­try was pun­ish­ment from God for for­ni­ca­tion and other sins.

In a state­ment signed by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Pub­lic En­light­en­ment and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Al­haji Ibrahim Dosara, Yari also quoted the as­sas­si­nated Sheikh Ja’afar Adam, who he said “named Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as one of those whose hypocrisy would bring an epi­demic of mon­u­men­tal pro­por­tions to this coun­try. The tapes are very much in cir­cu­la­tion long af­ter Sheikh Ja’afar’s death. He had ar­gued in that ser­mon that ‘Sanusi Lamido is one of the en­e­mies of Is­lam who would as­sume all traits of a good Mus­lim but deep in­side them is a ha­tred of Is­lam, and the peo­ple far be­yond hu­man imag­i­na­tion.’ Could this be a prophecy fore­told?”

Yari’s state­ment said, “For those who con­sider the emir of Kano Muham­madu Sanusi II to be any­thing but a first class in­tel­lec­tual, a con­sum­mate banker and a bona fide mem­ber of Nige­ria’s roy­alty, the last cou­ple of weeks were a dizzy­ing spec­ta­cle of mixed mes­sages on in­tegrity, roy­alty and wis­dom. Within a perime­ter of weeks, HRH Muham­madu Sanusi II, whose royal ten­ta­cles and so­cial net­works tra­verse the length and breadth of this coun­try, lam­basted the na­tion’s eco­nomic frame­work, the north­ern elite, sub-na­tional lead­er­ship es­pe­cially the gover­nor of Zam­fara State, Ab­du­laziz Yari Abubakar and the tra­di­tional in­sti­tu­tion of mar­riage. All fron­tiers that we hold so dear.

“With due re­spect to our highly revered tra­di­tional in­sti­tu­tions and royal fathers, as a blue-blooded fam­ily mem­ber him­self, Hon Ab­du­laziz Yari Abubakar holds the emir in very high es­teem. He be­lieves that the emir as a brother and co-oc­cu­pant of elite po­si­tions in Nige­ria, he could ad­vice gov­er­nors and those in po­si­tions of author­ity in sev­eral chains of com­mu­ni­ca­tion that are richly avail­able to him. But he pre­ferred the pub­lic plat­form, for rea­sons best known to him. Gover­nor Yari firmly be­lieves that a coun­try that goes to its pas­tors and Imams who rec­om­mend prayer and fast­ing as the so­lu­tion to ev­ery so­cial mis­for­tune, from mat­ri­mo­nial dis­agree­ments, to so­cial and eco­nomic com­pli­ca­tions needs to be wary of the wrath of God in the event of an epi­demic of un­quan­tifi­able pro­por­tion such as Type C menin­gi­tis. And as a coun­try that suc­cumbs to the supremacy of Al­lah, we must con­tinue to link Him with all things, fair or foul.

“Those who want to equate sci­ence with God, like HRH Muham­madu Sanusi II can de­nounce Yari’s state­ment from the rooftops but that will not change Gover­nor Yari’s be­liefs in the om­ni­science, om­nipres­ence and om­nipo­tence of Al­lah. By a cer­tain bizarre co­in­ci­dence too, like a proph­esy fore­told, Sheikh Mah­mood Ja’afar had be­fore he was as­sas­si­nated named Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as one of those whose hypocrisy would bring an epi­demic of mon­u­men­tal pro­por­tions to this coun­try.”

Gover­nor Yari also said “the emir should be aware that Al­lah who gives power to who­ever He wills at His own time, also takes it away at the most in­aus­pi­cious time. As elected of­fi­cials, we are obliged to serve peo­ple just as we serve God. Within this precinct Gover­nor Yari has done his best. As rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the best of our tra­di­tions, our Emirs, chiefs, kings and queens are also obliged to lead by ex­am­ple, show em­pa­thy, ad­ju­di­cate with com­pas­sion, dis­play wis­dom and em­brace the fear of God, in all they do. In this HRH Muham­madu Sanusi II is strug­gling.

“Re­cently, our eru­dite emir has been mired in sev­eral con­tro­ver­sies, which rather than en­hance his pro­file and the in­tegrity of roy­alty, has put him very much on the spot. And the emir has put up a spir­ited de­fense of all the al­le­ga­tions against him. But he was not trans­par­ent enough, as he al­ways ac­cused of­fi­cials, es­pe­cially gov­er­nors, to tell the pub­lic what he found in the Kano Emi­rate palace cof­fers when he as­cended the ex­alted throne. This is the least of his peo­ple’s ex­pec­ta­tions of him. It was the first that our finest roy­alty would of­fer.

“Sac­ri­fice is an­other at­tribute known to our royal fathers. But when an emir pledges to com­mit his hard earned re­sources for the face-lift­ing of the palace where he alone would re­side and even­tu­ally trans­fers the bur­den to his im­pov­er­ished sub­jects, there is a breach, or a prob­lem. Late Sul­tan Ibrahim Da­suki, of blessed mem­ory, used his money to re­build the Sul­tan’s Palace in Sokoto to his taste but un­til his demise, he never ten­dered the bill to his sub­jects for re­im­burse­ment.”

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