Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, believes that the political elites in the country are responsible for manipulating and exploration of the ongoing restructructuring of the country because of their selfish interest.
Alhaji Sanusi II, mentioned this at the 9th Triennial National Conference of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria where he was duly represented by Dr Bashir Umar of the Ado Bayero University, Kano.
The conference which was themed “Justice, Equity and Peaceful Coexistence: Ideas and Reality in a Multi-Religious Nation,” held in Abuja on Friday.
According to the monach, the manipulation by elites has only resulted in communal violence and insecurity in the society at large.
“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.
“We have elite in the society that have received the best of care from the resources of the society. People of my age and those before me attended public schools from primary to university.
“Unfortunately, the elites that benefited from the system in the past have left public institutions to become vandalised, dilapidated and substituted it with a private education system that is affordable only to a very few.
“The health system has also been vandalised 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,“ he said.
The Emir equally said the elites that got into power right after the military created a political class that promoted thuggery, election manipulation, corruption, leading to the destruction of the Judiciary, Civil Service and security operatives.
“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 eminent danger that is facing it,” the monarch concluded.