Emir Sanusi Breaks Silence, Describes Nigeria As “Weak State”Featured, Latest News, News From The State Saturday, January 17th, 2015
From Collins Amadi – “Nigeria is a weak State” and this is the major reason why the insurgency thrives and has taken more alarming dimension in the North Eastern part of the country.
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Emir of Kano, HRM, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, threw this challenge Saturday in Auchi, Edo State, during the closing ceremony of the Quranic competition of the Uthmadan Fodio University.
He stressed that it was the fundamental right of the citizens to be protected by the security agencies of the State, but held that where the State failed to discharge that responsibility, such would be considered weak, hence the citizens would have no choice than to protect themselves.
While charging the graduands to remember that it was not enough to memorize the quran, without acting its contents and ensuring that its impacts reflect in their daily lives, Sanusi lamented the killing of innocent people by the ISL insurgents in Iraq and Syria as well as Boko Haram terrorists in the North Eastern Nigeria.
Emir Sanusi emphasized Nigeria State was “weak” citing the recent France terrorists attack and killing, where he recalled the authorities within days nabbed and dealt with the perpetrators.
The Paramount traditional ruler charged that any government that failed to protect her people has failed in its fundamental duty, therefore called on Muslims to demand for their rights.
The monarchy who declared that enslavement and ignorance were anti-Islam, called on the Muslim scholars to act in such a way to protect the dignity and integrity of Islam, as well as dispel the distortion being spelt against the faith.
Emir of Kano also declared that the “day of silence are over”, insisting it was the responsibility of the State, to protect people as well as the responsibility of Muslims to dispel distortion about Islam.
The Northern traditional ruler restated: “Prayer is not enough; the state must protect the people, but if the state fails, protect yourself. If they come to mosque to kill you, kill them and anyone who dies while defending his nation and his wealth” would be regarded as a martyr.
While noting Islam preaches peace, Emir Sanusi stressed that Muslims were not “daft”, rather “intelligent” people, therefore called on the faithful “to continue to work for child right education, justice and equity in the society.
Edo State Governor, Comrade Adam Oshiomhole in his remarks at the ceremony, said killing in the name of God ran contrary to dictated way of the Creator.
To this end, he urged Muslims and Christians to love, tolerate and be just to one another.
“If we understand the teachings of Quran and bible, the faithful will dispense justice and there will be peace in land.
Governor Oshiomhole stressed, when we fail to rule according to the wish of Allah, you see the faithful of religions reacting as if the end justifies the means, adding “If we really understand God is Almighty, we will not kill in His name”.
The Governor also emphasized the importance of traditional rulers in peaceful co – habitation of the people at the grass root level. He said further that they were the final “goal keeper” of peace and security in the society, noting that God has purpose to make Nigeria to be vastly diverse.
Governor Oshimhole described the quranic competition as a good and worthy national effort. In line with this spirit, he announced award of a brand new Toyata Avensis, Toyota Corolla and another Toyoata Avensis, for the first, second and first female winner respectively.
The Chief Imam of Ansar – Udeen Society of Nigeria, Dr. Abdul Rahman Ahmad in his lecture regretted the Muslims have become pawns in the hands of the greedy politicians and condemned inability of the Muslims in the Lagos State to practice their faith, despite the fact that they constituted majority in the former capital of the country.
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