The Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Lamido Sanusi II has implored northern leaders to build a giant remedial college to accommodate all northern candidates, who are able to gain admission into conventional universities around the country.
During the joint convocation of 2,000 teachers held at the Kano Government House, on Tuesday, the Emir expressed regret that the Northern part of Nigeria is lacking immensely in terms of education. Hence, he advocated that all mosques spread across the country be converted into schools of learning.
Lamido Sanusi explained that the Moroccans adopted this model of education where mosques are used not only for religious teaching and prayers, but some sections of the buildings were also used for academic learning. Therefore he challenged northern governors to use such educational model in order to revamp the backwardness of the North in education when compared with the Southern part of the country.
The former Central Bank of Nigeria governor pointed out that late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in his lifetime, introduced free education in the South-West, which was responsible for the high quality of education in the region.
Sanusi has been a core advocate of girl-child education among his people. He had condemned and proposed a ban on marriage of minors in the country. According to him, it was high time Muslim communities live by the reality economic recession and consequences of early marriage such as; reproductive health problems and incessant rate of divorce.
He called on the relevant authorities to create a law that would punish another polygamous man that gives birth to children and allow them to suffer, adding that such neglected children not only turned victims of social vice but also engage in acts of terrorism.
Aside from using his position as a northern leader, Lamido Sanusi II has always pointed out flaws in government such as the time he condemned borrowing of almost ‘$30 billion’ plan by President Buhari-led administration. In his opinion at policy dialogue forum organized by Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy, and Development in Abuja, he doubted that such amount is attainable with the country’s bad state of the economy.
“I can tell you for free, if the Senate today approves that we can borrow $30 billion, honestly, no one will lend us.
“It should be approved and I will like to see how you will go to the international market with an economy that has five exchange rates.”
His statement was served with presidential contradiction posted by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, who said the Emir is wrong about his statements. Shehu claimed that Nigeria has enough funds to wipe all debts own by the government.
Yet, Sanusi who had run CBN as governor for years stressed that Nigeria is enmeshed in heavy debts, stating that out of every N1 Nigeria makes, 40 kobo goes to debt and 60 kobos are left for salaries, health, education, power, infrastructure.