The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, says ruling elites have hoodwinked restructuring for their selfish interest.
At the 9th National Triennial Conference of the Ansar – Ud – Deen Society of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday, Sanusi II, represented by Dr. Bashir Umar of Ado Bayero University, Kano, said this.
The conference theme is “Justice, Equity and Peaceful Coexistence: In a Multi-Religious Nation, Ideas and Reality.”
According to him, elite manipulation of fault lines was the source of community violence and social insecurity.
that the elites’ blind thirst for power has resulted in tribal and religious clashes, “even though they are reducing in most part of the nation, but one type of crisis will reduce then another one will spring up.
“It is not as if we are pro- or anti-restructuring, but rather the restructuring has been turned into a fault line that is been manipulated and exploited by the elites.
“In society, we have an elite who have received the best care from society’s resources. People of my age and those before me attended primary – to – university public schools.
“Unfortunately, the elites that benefited from the system in the past have left public institutions to become vandalized, dilapidated and substituted it with a private education system that is affordable only to a very few.
“The health system has also been vandalized and now people have to go on medical tourism in India, Egypt, and Europe. The unfortunate thing is sometimes before you get the air ambulance the will of Allah will take place,“
The monarch said the elites that got power after the military created a political class that instituted thuggery, election malpractices, corruption and destroyed the Judiciary, Civil Service and security agencies.
“These are all the result of the work of the political class and the unfortunate thing is that it is made to become something that is perpetual.
“This has to be changed and our duty as Muslims is to learn from the ideals of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to save the society from the eminent danger that is facing it.“
Alhaji Yusuf Adebayo, National Vice-President, Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, referred to politicians to desist from utilizing fault lines for their political interest.
Such an attitude is not healthy for the country’s growth and development, according to Adebayo.
Therefore, he advised the youth not to become tools for agent provocateurs who always take advantage of the country’s religious violence.
He urged Nigerians to imbibe peace for country and humanity’s overall development.
National Society President Dr. Lateef Okunnu said through the propagation of Islam, the organization retained its leading position among all Muslim missions and societies.
He said the National Universities Commission issued a full certificate of operation to the Ansar – Ud – Deen University called Summit University, Offa, Kwara State, in fulfillment of one of the society’s two main goals.