My Mission is to Bridge The Education Gap Between The Northern and Southern Nigeria – Emir Sanusi Lamido



Emir Sanusi, the current Emir of Kano, Nigeria’s foremost Northern city and Islamic symbol in Nigeria. Sanusi, is a clear departure from the line of the Emirs that have ruled the city. Having been exposed to western education and also knowing the importance of education and information. Emir Sanusi can be said to be a King with a kind of difference. A clear departure of  the normal. An Emir that wants his people to experience the kind of awakening and education that is being felt in some advanced Islamic world like UAE, Qatar and maybe Malaysia, yet retaining their Islamic roots. How he does this, the country watches.

But , one thing that cannot be taken away from the reagent is his intelligence. As a first class material , worked as a banker and having headed the Central Bank, Nigeria’s apex bank and regulator and performed credibly well. The Emir can be said to be a man on a mission. A mission to exhume the backward dry Northern Nigeria from the depths.of ignorance and lack of education while retaining their Islamic roots. A mission to bridge the already widening gap between the conservative North and  Progressive Southern Nigeria.


In his recent post (Instagram ) he said,

“I choose to fight for the progress of Nigerians and suggest solutions to their problems. It’s my duty to speak the truth about the ill-effects of conservative Muslims who are harming Islam rather than helping it.


I condemned their refusal to expand their knowledge outside their own religion and failure to realise that knowledge is power. I also correctly concluded denying the right to pursue scientific and technological knowledge and restricting people to Islamic knowledge is the best means of ensuring that Muslims in Northern Nigeria will be remain economically backward. I’m upset at the legion of beggars on the streets and is trying to bridge the gap between the backward North and the Southern parts of the nation.

I still believe that conservative Muslims are still stuck in the 13th Century and their claim that children need no other knowledge than Islamic studies flies in the face of reality. All the poverty, under-development and immense suffering in the North are a result of uneducated masses refusing to learn work or a trade. The majority of technicians in Kano are from the South while untrained indigenes beg. How does that make sense? Why is it that conservative Muslims who claim to be against scientific progress enter aeroplanes and fly to perform the Hajj in Mecca rather than using camels to cross the desert! Why do they watch sermons beamed by TV live from Mecca and read the Holy Quaran on their laptops yet profess to abhor modern technology? I’d like to point out that there is no harm in copying from the West if it brings succour to the masses of poverty stricken Muslims in Northern Nigeria.

After all Saudi Arabia, the “home” of Islam is known for its highly-rated airline, modern hospitals, indigenous oil industry and space program all of which make it a world leader. In our backward nation, we insist on denying the truth. Unless Northern political leaders like Governor Yari pay attention to me, there will never be a day when anywhere in the North will be like the modern Muslim cities of Kuala Lumpar, Istanbul, Jakarta, Lahore, Greater Cairo, Dacca, Karachi, Dubai, Riyadh or Faisalabad”.


As the current Emir of Kano and foremost Emir in Northern Nigeria, an Emir that when he “coughs” the whole North  will catch cold. An Emir so revered that his words are his bond. It can finally be said that, with Sanusi at the helm of Northen  affairs. We can confidently say that there is light at the end of  Northen”tunnel”.  Ranka Dede sir.


Anthony Emeka Nwosu

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