Sarkin Kano might be fighting the battle of his life, within the last 24 hrs, he’s been falsely accused of adultery, embezzlement, colluding with the enemy and cheating.
But in a surprising twist of fate, his most inspiring messages came at his most trying moment.
Here’s our take on his most zeal upping messages
On Being One’s Self
“Don’t be afraid to be controversial… you put yourself in a better position to be on the right of history. As long as whatever the root of what you’re trying to do is really honest and integral to something you feel is really important to convey to share, the rest of the stuff will happen. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”
On Contemporary Islam
“Muslim countries are holding their own in the modern world proving that Islam is not a religion of underdevelopment. However, the likes of Zamfara State Governor Yari only strengthen this prejudice. Abdulaziz Yari quite ludicrously said that the deadly meningitis rampaging his State is divine punishment for fornication. He didn’t say how this was revealed to him because Zamfara certainly doesn’t have the highest number of fornicators in the nation. His preposterous statement failed to take into account the fact that Meningitis isn’t a sexually transmitted ailment.
The truth about the matter is that despite being warned of an impending outbreak his government took no steps to prepare. Now he blames God! We are stuck with political leaders who only pretend to be Godly because sycophants always refer to people in high political office as a “Godsend”. Paradoxically despite being ruled by all these “Godsends” we have spectacularly failed to progress as a nation. It’s no secret that many of our political leaders are inept and not well educated. Nigerians have learnt from experience not to expect much from them.
As a result, i lamented about sorrow, tears and blood is now the order of the day. There is an absence of apparent regret, remorse, or concern from the highest quarters of government who are busy fighting themselves. Their time would be better spent trying to assuage the growing nationwide anger, frustration, divisiveness and resentment over atrocious living conditions and an uncertain future. Something urgent needs to be done and the lack of vision or inspiration from politicians has left a vacuum in leadership.”
On Fighting for the Nigeria and the North
“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.”