The Emir says the north is in such a bad place today because it hasn’t sufficiently invested in education.
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, says policies like ‘quota system’ and ‘federal character’ have done the north of Nigeria more harm than good over the years.
Sanusi who made the remarks at the 60th birthday celebration of Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, in Kaduna on Monday, February 17, 2020, says in trying to implement affirmative action to allow the north catch up with the more developed and well off south, the region has emerged worse off.
The Emir adds that investing in quality education across the 19 northern states is the only way to save the region from endemic poverty and underdevelopment.
“The truth is, if you look at what Nasir is doing in Kaduna, with 40 percent 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 multicultural, 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.
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