Friday, 14 April 2017

Nigerians Dealing With An Anti- intellectual Elite – Sanusi II

By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – Days after he faced a barrage of subtle
criticisms from some highly-placed public officials
in the country over his continued indictment of
the political class on issues of poverty and disease
in the north, Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has elected to press on with his fierce
interventions, saying he will not be cowed into
silence. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano “These attacks are aimed at diverting attention
from the issues raised and all of us who are
involved in this struggle must remember a few
things. We are dealing with an anti-intellectual
environment, and with people whose failure has
bred a sense of insecurity which leads to incomprehensible, almost insane, reactions to
simple advice”, the emir said. The emir had recently chided the Zamfara state
governor, Abubakar Yari for “blaming” God for
the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis in the
state. He had equally blamed years of misrule by
northern leaders for the sickening poverty rate in
the region. Sanusi spoke Friday in Abuja at the inaugural
anniversary lecture organized by the Bring Back
Our Girls BBOG movement to mark the three years
of abduction of over 200 school girls in Chibok,
Borno state. In a video message to the occasion, Sanusi said;
“There has been a lot of noise about my recent
interventions in the public space, but I am not
worried. I am used to it, but I am worried because
of the dimension it has taken. It is a distraction”. Noting that his interventions are not politically-
motivated attacks on any group, he urged
Nigerians to not succumb to the temptation of
joining their opponents in the gutter, charging
them to heed to Michelle Obama’s counsel, “when
they go low, we go high”. “The poor people for whom you fight are
voiceless by necessity. Those of us who are
fortunate to be part of the elite and who choose
not to speak for them are voiceless by choice. “Do not be intimidated. Do not be silenced. Do not
betray your conscience or sell your soul. Do not
fear any human being. Stand up and take all the
bullets that are fired at you but never kneel down.
If you have to die, please die standing and not on
your knees. Most important, ignore the noise. Do not defend yourself too much against personal
attacks because they want your person, not the
issues you raise, to be discussed”, the former apex
bank boss counselled.

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