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No Northern Leader Should Be Happy Today – Emir Sanusi Speaks On Poverty, Insecurity

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has condemned the rising level of poverty across the northern region of Nigeria.

Speaking at the 60th birthday of Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the emir said no northern leader should be happy about the current situation in the region.

He said if the north fails to change by tackling some of the challenges – poverty, insecurity, education among others, it is then headed for destruction.

“When we talk about birthday, we talk about happiness. Just last week, someone asked me, are you happy? And I said I am not,” the emir said.

And the person was surprised. “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 is in the north,” he added.

Also speaking on issues of malnutrition ravaging the region, Sanusi said almost 50% of the entire malnutrition burden in the country can be captured in the north.

Noting that the north cannot continue to survive on quota system, the emir said the real change in the north will come from those considered crazy.

He said the northerners need to start doing things differently to experience the desired change.

“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,” Emir Sanusi said.

Meanwhile, It was previously reported that Sanusi had said that the high rate of polygamy is the major cause of poverty and hardship in the northern part of Nigeria.

Sanusi said that poverty, unlike in the south, will continue in the north until indigenes in the region do away with the tradition of picking more than one wife at will.

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