By Adetutu Folasade-Koyi
Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, looked conservative muslims in the North in the face and declared they are the main problem the region has not progressed like the South.
Besides, the monarch said most Muslim countries have advanced far beyond the brand of Islam practised in the North and that it is time to let go of 13th century ideas of the religion.
In a new Instagram post, yesterday, the emir stopped short of calling his kinsmen hypocrites; flying in aeroplanes to perform Hajj, refusal to learn trades and listening to messages or watching sermons on televisions yet despising modern technology.
Sanusi reiterated that, rather than move ahead with the times, through modern technology, the North is held back by ancient beliefs
His words: “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…
“In our backward nation, we insist on denying the truth. Unless Northern political leaders like Governor (Abdulaziz) Yari (of Zamfara) 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.”