The Catholic bishop also lamented over the state of educational facilities in states; stating that rather than spending money on education, governors spend money on pilgrimages and building religious centre
Kukah asserted that Northern Nigeria is a big culprit in a lot of the things that are wrong with the country
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, is fighting to keep the throne because of his blunt remarks, the Catholic bishop of Sokoto diocese, Matthew Kukah, has stated.
Kukah made the assertion while speaking on a panel at the ongoing 25th edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) conference on Monday, October 7, The Cable reports.
The emir is here, he is still fighting for his life because of the position that he has taken and all of you sitting here know that it has literally become a matter to a particular course because the things he is saying are not popular.
Sanusi’s power had been whittled down by the Kano governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who created four additional emirates.
Sanusi’s problem with the governor was linked to his critical comments in 2017 on the award of contracts to Chinese companies by the state government and on the governor’s foreign trips.
Kukah, while commenting on the state of educational facilities in states, said rather than spending money on education, governors spend money on pilgrimages and building religious centres.
He said: “The money that comes from the centre to our states, who is it meant for?
“When you say education is on the concurrent list, I worry that many of our states are providing opportunities for incubators of hatred to grow.
“If you take northern Nigeria where there is no single Christian or woman in the state assembly, women are lucky if they become commissioners for women affairs.
“When the federal government says that it doesn’t have a voice in what happens in distant states where governors have taken a license to behave irresponsibly in terms of issues of education.”
Kukah, who claims to have five secondary schools, said Muslims make up 60% of the students in his schools.
He said: “I have five secondary schools and I have to rely on the little collection that I receive in my church to send children to school and in many of the schools, 60% of the children are Muslims.
“Can we have a conversation with the state governments? The answer is almost no.
“The point I am making is that I think Northern Nigeria is a big culprit in a lot of the things that are wrong with Nigeria and I say this with all sense of responsibility.