Sanusi urges Muslims to embrace modernity

The Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, on
Saturday urged Muslims in the North to adopt new
approaches to address the social, economic and political
challenges facing them.

Sanusi gave the advice in Kaduna at the 10th Annual
Ramadan Lecture organised by VON, FRCN and NTA, with
the theme: The Challenges of Muslim Ummah in the 21st

He said that the region’s failure to invest in quality
education and scholarship was partly responsible for its
backwardness and rise of divisive groups like the Boko

The Emir observed that due to dwindling socio-economic
situation in the region, majority of the people, particularly
the youths have been left “without any hope in life”, and
therefore, easy recruits into insurgency.

“If there is no future in a society, then Boko Haram ideas
will thrive,” he said.

The Emir advised political and religious leaders in the region
to take a cue from other regions in the country and thrive to
effect necessary changes.

“If Borno and Yobe were a country, they would be poorer
than Niger, Chad and Cameroun. No wonder the Boko
Haram crisis started there.”

Sanusi stressed the need for Muslims in the North to
regulate religious preaching and stop exposing their
children to “quack Malams”.

He also advised parents to take very serious interest in the
activities of their children, saying the new media has
radicalised a lot of youths across the world and turned
them into extremists.

“We need to watch what our children watch. If we do not
give them the correct Islamic education, they will get the
wrong one from somewhere else.”

He also challenged the Muslims to undertake a holistic
change in their approach to socio-economic issues.

“We must not continue to allow culture to be dominant in
our lives. We need to look at ourselves, reappraise our
socio-economic approach to life.”

The Emir said Muslim clerics must take common stand on
contemporary issues such as age of marriage in Islam,
women education, rights and forced marriage, as well as
modernisation and education generally.



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