“Instead of having many children, why not have the ones you can cater for”? – Emir Lamido Sanusi talks poverty in Northern Nigeria
Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has educated Nigerians across the country on family planning, appealing to them to give birth to only children they can cater for.
The former CBN governor made this appeal while speaking at the opening of the 108th edition of Islamic Vocation Course (IVC) organized by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Zone B.
The Kano monarch stated that the Almajiri menace that has plagued the northern region of Nigeria is not a religious issue but a social issue that needs urgent attention.
Sanusi also implored male Muslim faithfuls to only marry the number of women they can take care of as there is need to educate every child especially the out-of-school children.
According to him, “If we continued this way, about 40 percent of extremely poor people will be in Nigeria. Poverty in the South West is 20 percent, in the North, it is 80 percent, Lagos is 8 percent and Zamfara, it is 91 percent.”
“We have been talking about Almajiri for over 30 years. Why are people having families they cannot maintain? Why are people marrying wives that they cannot maintain? The condition is that you are able to provide for your family.”
“Instead of having many children, why not have the ones you can cater for? These are the fundamental questions we should ask ourselves. Most of these children roaming about the streets will be adults in the next twenty years and they will be the ones recruited as political thugs by the politicians in the next twenty years if we don’t take good care of them now.”
“This is my own advice that we must look at. These are not religious issues, they are social issues that need to be addressed,” he added.