North destroying itself, end to quota system coming – Sanusi

Emir Sanusi, North Quota System

Emir Sanusi, North Quota System

18.2.2020

North destroying itself, end to quota system coming – Sanusi

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II Our Correspondents The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has said the northerners are on the verge of destroying themselves if they fail to address the myriad challenges facing them. Sanusi, who spoke at the 60th birthday of Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, in Kaduna on Monday, highlighted the main problems facing the region as poverty, millions of out-of-schoolchildren, malnutrition, drug abuse, Almajiri and the Boko Haram insurgency. The emir, who insisted that no “true Northern Nigeria leader” was happy with the problems, said the North should stop relying on quota system and federal character. He said the challenges facing the region must be addressed immediately. The traditional ruler said this a week after the World Bank in a report said 87 per cent of the poor in the country resided in the North. The World Bank also described the North-West as home to almost half of all the poor in the country. At El-Rufai’s 60th birthday, Sanusi singled out the Kaduna State governor for praise. He said El-Rufai ‘s investment in education would go a long way in addressing poverty. He called on other northern elites to follow in the ex-Minister of the Federal Capital Territory’s footsteps. According to him, investing in education is the only way the region will save itself from the imminent destruction. The ex-Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria lamented that 87 per cent of the country’s poverty rate was in the North, with nine states in the zone constituting almost 50 per cent of the malnutrition burden of Nigeria. Sanusi said the region should not continue to rely on quota system and federal character to get jobs for its children at the expense of the other parts of the country busy educating their own children and turning out graduates. The emir said, “When we talk about birthday, we talk about happiness. Just last week, someone asked me, ‘ are you happy?’ And I said, ‘ I am not’. And the person was surprised. The truth is, nobody who is a leader in Northern Nigeria today can afford to be happy. “You cannot be happy with about 87 per cent of poverty in Nigeria being in the North. You can’t be happy with millions of northern children out of school. “You can’t be happy with nine states in the North contributing almost 50 per cent of the entire malnutrition burden in the country. READ ALSO: Reps order 400 exotic cars, reject Nigerian brands “You can’t be happy with the drug problem, you can’t be happy with the Boko Haram problem. You can’t be happy with political thuggery. You can’t be happy with all the issues; the Almajiri problem that we have. “So, we wish Nasir a happy birthday, but we do not want him to be happy as a leader. Because you are happy when you think you have reached a state of delivering and taking your people to where you want them to be. “Now, because of the condition of Northern Nigeria, it is almost correct now to say that, if you are seen as normal, if you are a governor in the North or a leader in the North, and you are seen as normal in the sense that you continue to do what your predecessors have been doing, doing the same thing, which has been normalised, then, there is something wrong with you, you are part of the problem. “The real change in the North will come from those who are considered mad people, because you look around and say if this is the way we have been doing things and this is where we have ended up, maybe we need to do things differently.” Sanusi added, “If we have populated the government with middle-aged men, maybe we need to try younger people, maybe we need to try women. If we have spent our money and time on physical structures, maybe we need to invest more in the education of our children. Maybe we need to invest more in nutrition. Maybe we need to invest more in primary health care.” Emulate El-Rufai – Emir Sanusi urged political leaders, especially, the regional governors to emulate “the sternly quality” of the Kaduna State governor, commending him for injecting 40 per cent of the budget of his state into education. He said, “And the truth is, if you look at what Nasir is doing in Kaduna, with 40 per cent of his budget in education, that is the only thing that is going to save the North. I know that, when we say these things, they don’t go down well. “We have been saying this for 20 to 30 years. If the North does not change, the North will destroy itself. The country is moving on. The quota system that everybody talks about must have a sunset clause. “The reason people like Nasir stand up and they are nationalists is that they don’t have any sense of inadequacy. “So, as we celebrate Nasir at 60, we need to celebrate him as a public officer who is addressing the core problems of his constituency. It is education, it’s girl child education, it’s women’s right, it’s child begging, it is parental irresponsibility, demographic growth, it’s managing a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious society and bringing them into one community where they are all citizens and he has done a lot that we can learn from. Sanusi warns northern youths Meanwhile, the emir asked that issues of religion or tribe should have no place, but rather emphasis should be on merit. He said, “You don’t need to rise on being from Kaduna State or being from the North or being a Muslim to get a job, you come with your credentials, you go with your competence, you can compete with any Nigerian from anywhere. “We need to get northern youths to a point where they don’t need to come from a part of the country to get a job. And believe me, if we don’t listen, there would be a day when there would be a constitutional amendment that addresses these issues of quota system and federal character. “The rest of the country cannot be investing, educating its children, producing graduates and then they watch us, they can’t get jobs because they come from the wrong state, when we have not invested in the future of our own children. “We have just heard how he (governor) has developed himself over the years. He is a surveyor, he is a lawyer, he has got a master’s degree, he has had over 80 certificates from Havard, because education is what makes a man.” Power is transient – Sanusi The emir noted that power only comes from God and that it is transient, calling on leaders to leave behind legacies. He said, “It is important to realise that the positions we hold are transient and they do not define us. “Anybody can be called a governor; anybody can be called an emir; a commissioner or a minister, but at the end of the day, you should know that, God had given you a chance to do something, do leave a mark and impact people’s lives.” YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Out-of-school children in North, dangerous time bomb for Nigeria – Senate President. At the event, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, likened the frightening number of out-of-school children in the North to a time bomb. The Senate President said a report that 13 million or 14 million out-of-school children were in the north was dangerous for the country. He noted that the North as a region must brace itself and reverse the ugly trend. “Until we are able to reverse this kind of trend, no matter how much infrastructure you put, you will still have that social angle that will actually lead to serious insecurity, the kind that we experience or even worse, God forbid. So, we need to look at the people,” Lawan said. He also called on the Federal Government, to as matter of urgency, introduced policies that would return the over 13 million out-of-school-children to school to curb the rising number of illiterates in the country. Besides, the Senate President said the country was at a crossroads, calling on Nigerians leader to come together and discuss Nigeria’s unity. The Senate President said, “Nothing has been done to address the multifaceted problems bedevilling the country like the issue of out-of-school children to me this is a time bomb. “Those of us in leadership positions, we know what we need to do. We need to have courage and commitment and sustain them. “Nigeria is at a crossroads, and more than ever now requires the unity of the people. The issues bedevilling Nigeria today require that all leaders, at all levels and in all parts of Nigeria come together.” Picking Muslim women as deputy, my daring decision so far – El-Rufai. El-Rufai told his audience that one of the most daring decisions he had taken was picking a fellow female Muslim as his deputy. He said the choice was made to downplay religion and ethnicity in Kaduna State, having inherited a state that was so ethnicized and religionized. El-Rufai said, ”A lot has been said about some the decisions I have taken over the years, what people call daring decisions. “Let me make a confession today. All the examples of the decisions that I have made that are supposed to be daring and courageous; the most daring one is that last year, I took a decision to pick a woman, a Muslim, as my running mate to contest election in Kaduna State. “It was the most daring decision I have taken because in this state, everything is religionised. “We are trying to cure our state of that religionisation and ethnicisation and I thought the best way to do it is to take religion off the table of Kaduna State politics. That was why we finally settled for Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.” Nigeria needs El-Rufai – Ooni of Ife. The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, described El-Rufai as a small man with massive capacity for results. Ogunwusi said Nigeria as a nation needed the likes of El-Rufai who would take tough decisions to achieve the much-needed results. READ ALSO: I didn’t prophesy on Bayelsa gov – Fr. Mbaka The Secretary-General of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Mr. Anthony Sani, said Nigerian leaders must come together to tackle problems facing the country. The ACF secretary said, “When the Emir of Kano, Sarki Kano Muhammadu Sanusi 11 says if the North does not stand up and confront the prevalence of Almajirai , out-of-school children, girl-child education and drug abuse among youths, as well as against poverty that comes with unemployment and ignorance and population explosion, the region can get to a tipping point, he is stating the truism. A truism in the sense that all the listed challenges are harbinger of insecurity. I want to add the fact that these challenges can transcend regional boundaries. He recalled that kidnapping started in few states before spreading to other parts of the country. According to him, not only Northern governors, but all leaders across the country must come together to solve the problems. 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Always sounding a warning. I hope people it concerns listen. The emir knows the truth but for others who are living fat on the resources no one can change that bad attitude, fear on the part of other tribes not been frank of telling ourselves the truth is very dangerous, we can never develop in all that situation. Nig. We need 3 regions!!!

I pray it comes fast But he(SLS) is one of them, what is he doing to alleviate d level of poverty in d north that he always advocating? I had never heard of his foundation taken most of these Almajiris to sch, and he is using RRoys car made in the mist of these ravaged areas. I beg comot 4 road joor Yes that's true

You became the cenbank Chairman on quota system though. Always talking without corresponding actions. Very disappointing. Hmmmm sammybrymo read this I read somewhere that CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO of BLESSED MEMORY said: It will be turned to ASHES last-last .Time will tell ! Lie lie, we shall just separate from the North. U can quota yourself if U like.

North Will Destroy Itself If It Doesn’t Change –Emir Of Kano, Sanusi | Sahara ReportersSpeaking on Monday in Kaduna during an event to commemorate the 60th birthday celebration of governor of the state, Nasir el-Rufai, Sanusi said that real development will continue to elude the North except the leaders rise up and do the right thing. 100%fact Amen to Dat Says who?

Emir Sanusi always making sense!! It can be with any other region(s) not with nation of Biafra, north destroying itself, end of quota system coming. True. We the northerners are tired of the menace we are in now. They have started packaging El-Rufy the little finger to take over from Buhari They seem to forget Jagaban

Take religion out of a man's mind and see his potentials. Generally, religious beliefs have destroyed many Nigerians from north to south, east and west. It's not about learning to read and write but learn a profession. We all can't be doctors or lawyers. Of course quota system will end. Do you think our generation will let it continue? I laugh at all of you.

Like him or not.. he speaks the truth “The rest of the country cannot be investing, educating its children, producing graduates and then they watch us, they can’t get jobs because they come from the wrong state when we have not invested in the future of our own children' To be frank, you remained very intelligent Emir. Your thoughts and reactions to issues are very logical. God bless you

Truth. Go to the refuse dump site in Ojota, about 80% of the scavengers there are from North. Worst still they are within bracket age of (15-21) I guess. Disturbing really.

No Northern leader can be happy, Emir Sanusi laments at El Rufai’s 60thNigeria’s political class converged on Kaduna yesterday and poured encomiums on Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el Rufai, who turned

The North already is a national disaster we refuse to acknowledge. According to a Yoruba saying when your roommate feeds on maggots infested meal and you form the habit of looking the other way when he begins to suffer the consequences you both will suffer the sleepless nights. Emir Sanusi keeps giving them hot and truth.

Amin Jesu! U ppl must continue this game. Unfortunately they won't listen, the ruling class in the north love it so but karma they say is a bitch..it's coming back to haunt them all, we've started seeing how they sow wind and they are steadily reaping whirlwind... The quota system encouraged mediocrity and division

The south should stop quota system in their schools and workplaces, then the north will know the are serious. Each state needs to control its resources and give to the centre!!! This is the only way the Northern states will sit up! Or have destroyed itself. Have ever seen a people who will give birth to children and give them plates to go and fend for themselves.

I can hardly see Arewa brothers comment on this. Are they not followers if Punch Nigeria?

Poverty, Insecurity: No Northern leader should be happy today – Emir Sanusi – Daily TrustThe Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi ll, on Monday said no leader in Northern Nigeria can afford to be happy with the current situation in the region today. Honestly Then what are ur efforts and contributions towards it as one of d northern leader Who installed this government in 2015 should be blamed for loving tribe & religion more capacity and country.

I have been warning about this since 2017 Will they hear. Nepotism, clannishness, ineptitude are also what they promote. Time will tell. Pity You are giving them expo. Just allow them to keep enjoying what will definitely end them. They think the yorubas were stupid when they created amotekun. The call for restructuring is coming stronger than ever before....

It was the great cleric, Othman Dan Fodio that said that 'Conscience is an open wound and that only Truth can heal it'. God Bless Emir Sanusi for courageously telling the noble truth in this hour. Jihadist when last did you hear of quota system under this regime? It has ended already How can something that's already destroyed still be destroyed?

The North is playing a high level chess game..Everyone is talking about the North as if it's the only region in Nigeria. To Let 2 bedroom flat at ireakari estate via Peluseriki, Akala express, Ibadan. Rent: ₦350k

North Will Destroy Itself If It Doesn’t Change –Emir Of Kano, Sanusi | Sahara ReportersSpeaking on Monday in Kaduna during an event to commemorate the 60th birthday celebration of governor of the state, Nasir el-Rufai, Sanusi said that real development will continue to elude the North except the leaders rise up and do the right thing. 100%fact Amen to Dat Says who?

Where are they? chiefedewor We warned then that the quota system which allowed for the promotion of mediocrity will ultimately destroy the supposed beneficiaries The population of the North have only helped them achieve political power (even at that, a clamour for a college electoral system will soon begin), every other socioeconomic indicator goes left for them. Quota system, no matter how good breeds incompetence in the North!

They are still breeding Quota system will never end in Nigeria until we, the people, force it If only they will understand the hand writing on the wall. North is self destruct already Tell them Sanusi should have been in politics to make all the difference, rather than limiting himself to the throne of Kano. Dude is cerebral.

I always love dis man always say true,

Poverty, Insecurity: No Northern leader should be happy today – Emir Sanusi – Daily TrustThe Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi ll, on Monday said no leader in Northern Nigeria can afford to be happy with the current situation in the region today. Honestly Then what are ur efforts and contributions towards it as one of d northern leader Who installed this government in 2015 should be blamed for loving tribe & religion more capacity and country.

Don't let the northern elites come after you. Your battle with Gandollar is still ongoing. Be careful even though you are saying the truth. ..the wrong teachings by Imams instead of good & quality education for these kids. It is only Nigeria Northern Muslims that believe in Almajiri in de whole world so far as i am aware. Its not in Saudi Arabia, UAE etc. They honor & worship Traditional rulers more than d Gov't2/2

The problem is not the North, but the minority ruling class in the North. Buhari bu onye ke ayi Una never see any thin all the terrorist group in North will destroy una soon make una watch out! Abolishalmajiri Compulsoryeducation4all Girlchildrightawarenesscampaign Endunderagemarraige Northern elites are benefitting hugely on the loose education system because they use Religion to keep them backwards hence, they are not following rules law but Imams' teachings. 1/2

The north is telling her youths that the south is their enemy and has made them think low and careless of going to school. North is a big problem! The number of uneducated and their tendency to see others as their rival is devastating and unfortunately, their leaders support this I can clearly say only Sanusi is seeing the future of the North if MBuhari regime won't develop instead of extort.

I support that statement. The rate of illiteracy in North is booming which makes the uneducated to join terrorism being ignorant of the nation and life effect Speaking on occasions or pages of newspaper won't cut it. It's time for a conscious effort to build not just the north but the rest of the regions.

And it will consume u all in the north east

No Northern leader can be happy, Emir Sanusi laments at El Rufai’s 60thNigeria’s political class converged on Kaduna yesterday and poured encomiums on Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el Rufai, who turned



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