April 6, 2017

Emir of Kano blasts Gov.Yari, says statement on meningitis were horrendous, Islamically incorrect


By Nwafor Sunday

The former Governor of central Bank of Nigeria and the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, yesterday debunked Gov. Yari’s statement on Meningitis C.

The governor of Zamfara state was believed to have said in an interview on Tuesday that God wants to punish Nigeria for her sins by visiting them with a strange illness.  Yari submitted that the illness was severe in his state because many of them engage in an immoral sin of fornication hence; the disease was God’s way of punishing them.

Sanusi who spoke at the second edition of the Kaduna Investment Forum opposed Gov. Yari, saying his statements were horrendous and “Islamically incorrect.”

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano

While debunking the assertion, Sanusi said as a man who is well read in Islamic law, he knows that Yari’s statements are incorrect.

“Some of the examples are horrendous. I’m sorry about a current issue yesterday. 200 people died of meningitis in a state, the governor was asked and he said it is God’s curse on us for the sin of fornication, which apparently does not happen in America, which is why they don’t have meningitis.”

The monarch, according to TheCable, went on to say that 90 per cent of the problems around the North are self-inflicted and can be solved.

“How have we reduced ourselves, what have we done as a people, that we have placed ourselves in a situation where simple things, a medical issue…you don’t have vaccines, say you don’t have vaccines.

“Treat those who have contracted it, don’t give these kinds of explanations. But this is the mindset. I have a degree in Islamic law, and I can tell you that is not an Islamically correct statement to make.

“These are the kinds of things that we have; and when we talk about a difficult environment, we realise that 90 per cent of that difficulty, we can address, because it is self-inflicted.”

Similarly the Emir charged religious, political and cultural leaders to embark on programmes that will touch the lives of the common man in the villages, not embarking on elephantic programmes that will only impact the lives of the Elites, examples building of airports while roads remain unconstructed.

He urged politicians to keep politics aside and focus more on development issues that would improve the living condition of the masses.